In this month’s Music Australia news, we have two stories that provide further ammunition for strengthening music in schools: Finnish education authority and head of the Gonski Institute for Education, Pasi Sahlberg, has published a new book on the importance of play in childhood education, including music; and QUT’s Sandra Gattenhof has written an article in The Conversation about how subjects such as music are key to developing children’s social intelligence and critical thinking.

In this edition we have four articles on the competitions front: a new National Chamber Music Championship open to secondary school students has been announced by Musica Viva to start in 2020; the winners of the WA NAIDOC Music Awards have been announced; and finalists have also been announced for the 2019 Australian Women in Music Awards and this year’s Melbourne Prize for Music.

In other news: Music Australia’s Chair Michael Smellie presented a keynote at a music business conference in Vienna looking at the future of the music business; and a study on The Economic And Cultural Value Of Country Music In Australia in 2018, has been published by the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA). It estimates the value of the Australian country music sector at $574 million (including ancillary spending at performances and festivals).

We would also like to provide two final messages of support for:

  • 4 Month Traineeships: Vocational education provides valuable, industry relevant skills, and it should be a thriving and important part of our education mix. Which makes it highly regrettable that this sector has suffered so dramatically in recent years. The NSW Government is attempting to identify creative industries employers who may be prepared to offer four month paid traineeships – please email if you are interested in discussing this further;

  • Live Music Remuneration Survey: The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) has partnered with Australia’s major contemporary music bodies (including Music Australia) to launch an in-depth survey on live music remuneration. This will help us advocate for a variety of measures which can improve support of musicians. The survey can be found here and will be open until Wednesday 13 November.

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Paul Saintilan
CEO, Music Australia





Music Australia’s Chair Michael Smellie Presents Keynote At The Music Business Research Conference In Vienna

In a speech entitled ‘Music industry – 7 deadly sins’ he sought to draw insights from his career, hoping that the music industry would heed Santayana’s warning that “those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. Full story





New Report On The Economic And Cultural Value Of Country Music In Australia

The Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) has released the findings of their second study into country music in Australia. Full story



Melbourne Prize For Music Finalists Announced

Finalists announced for this year’s Melbourne Prize for Music are Deborah Cheetham AO, David Bridie, Andrea Keller, Erkki Veltheim and Sophia Brous. We look at this prize, the unusual way it works, and profile each of the finalists. Full story



Musica Viva Announces New National Chamber Music Championship

A new National Chamber Music Championship for secondary school students has been announced by Musica Viva. To start in 2020, it is designed to complement the already existing Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition that Musica Viva runs. Full story





Music And Arts Being Squeezed From The School Curriculum

Finnish education authority and head of the Gonski Institute for Education, Pasi Sahlberg, has written a book on the importance of play in childhood education. Music is one of the subjects he says needs to be strengthened in school curricula. Full story




‘Creative Education’ Is Key To Preparing Kids For The Future

Sandra Gattenhof of QUT has written in The Conversation about the value of “creative education” and how subjects such as music are key to developing children’s social intelligence and critical thinking. Her ideas could help strengthen advocacy for music education. Full story





Best In The West: 2019 WA NAIDOC Music Awards

Winners in the WA NAIDOC Music Awards, one of the major music events in NAIDOC Week, have been announced. They include Perth hip-hop artist Flewnt, who won Best Song, and country singer John Bennett, who received the Best Album award. Full story



Music Australia Member Benefit Update 

Global changemakers, influential industry figures, tech and social entrepreneurs and more form the first speaker announcement for the eighth edition of the Electronic Music Conference (EMC) for the Asia-Pacific region. The event will be hosted at UTS in Ultimo, Sydney between 13 - 14 November. Music Australia Members are entitled to a 20% discount on tickets. Contact us now to receive your discount code. Not yet a member? Sign up yourself or your organisation here


Humanitarian Award Finalists In The Australian Women In Music Awards

Finalists have been announced for the 2019 Australian Women in Music Awards. Alison Hams, Dami Im and Lindy Morrison OAM are in the Humanitarian Award category, which recognises contribution to music education and assisting with remote and regional communities. Full story




All the latest music opportunities - here and online! 


Access our complete suite of Opportunities at your leisure on our website. Your one-stop-shop for all the latest music information: competitions, awards, funding, jobs, conferences, events, workshops, resources and more. View the OPPORTUNITIES section on our website now! And the latest opportunities are below.

To share an Opportunity send us an email. 


Competitions & Awards


Upcoming Awards and Competitions:

Music and Drama Education Awards

Nominations close 18 October
The Music and Drama Education Awards recognise the contribution people make to the performing arts sector. Nominations for 13 of the 17 categories are still open.

Levi’s Music Prize

Round 2 applications close 7 December
The Levi’s® Music Prize is an exciting new initiative that will enable Australian bands and artists to maximise that next opportunity to get them to the next stage of their careers.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

Starting Ground Music Workshop

10 - 11 October, Blacktown
You are invited to Starting Ground, a free two-day workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songwriters and musicians. All skill-levels welcome.


Applications close 18 October
Cultivate is an initiative of the Victorian Government delivered by Music Victoria for mid-level to established women leaders in the Victorian contemporary music sector.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Festival and Conference Opportunities:


High Score 2019

5 – 6 October, South Melbourne
Composers, musicians and developers with an interest in creating the sonic landscapes of today’s interactive games are invited to hone their skills and industry knowledge at High Score: Composition and Sound Art for Gaming, which will take place at Southbank’s game development hub The Arcade.

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival

18 – 20 October, Kangaroo Valley
50 wonderful acts, 6 intimate venues, kids’ festival, koori camp, market stalls, poets breakfast, session bar with craft beer, street performers, singing, dancing & instrument workshops.

Australian Festival Industry Conference

24 – 25 October, Coffs Harbour
AFIC is the only conference in Australia dedicated to festival personnel (both public and private, including industry suppliers). It appeals to all types of festivals.




Applications closing soon for these Funding opportunities:

Contemporary Music Touring Program
Applications close 1 October
The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas.  Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for remote and very remote touring.

2020 Penrith Conservatorium Scholarships
Applications close 24 November
The Penrith Conservatorium has an ongoing commitment to developing and nurturing local talent; offering pathways for people to pursue a professional career in music. The Scholarships recognise future potential and provide the chance for students to take their gift to the next level.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


City of Gold Coast, Music Industry Development Officer

Applications close 2 October
The position is responsible for mapping and negotiating the various function areas of council in relation to engaging with the music industry.  Your key objective is the streamlining of communication and service provision; identification of efficiencies across council. 

Yamaha, Music Teacher
Applications close 7 October

Love music and education? Yamaha are looking for music teachers who are based in Perth.

SAE, Chair of the Music Program Committee
Applications close 7 October
The Chair of the Music Program Committee is a newly created role which will provide an expert and effective contribution to the academic and scholarly culture of SAE.


The Live Remuneration Survey
Entries close 13 November

The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) has partnered with major contemporary music bodies (like us!) to launch an in-depth survey on live music remuneration. The Live Remuneration Survey aims to understand the dynamics of performer income, the conditions under which artists are paid and whether additional costs such as travel, parking, accommodation or rehearsals are taken into account. It will also look at what percentage of artists have superannuation, income protection insurance or public liability insurance.  





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

New Spin on Old Vinyl with Geist String Quartet featuring Ilya Isakovich (ACO)
24 October, Sydney
Set in the historic architecture of the Sydney Jewish Museum, New Spin on Old Vinyl features five new compositions inspired by the travelling exhibition, Jukebox Jewkbox! A Jewish Century on Shellac and Vinyl. Experience an evening of contemporary responses to a rich history of music-making in sound and story.

Sydney Ideas - Drawing The Lines
8 October, University of Sydney
A public talk about music copyright, looking at how the legal system privileges and perpetuates particular musical traditions and cultures. Ethnomusicologist and Harvard Professor Ingrid Monson is one of the key speakers; her name might be familiar as she was a key witness in the Blurred Lines/Marvin Gaye case.

Australian Chamber Choir Presents Keys to Heaven
3 – 24 November, Geelong, Macedon, Brighton, Sydney, Middle Park
Directed by Douglas Lawrence. Allegri's Miserere and music by Palestrina and Josquin aspired to give listeners an idea what it would be like to be transported to heaven. It still does! In the last ten years, the singers of the Australian Chamber Choir have won unqualified praise in the mainstream press for their “exciting sound”, “as pure as crystal”, with “absolute stylistic perfection”. Music Australia E-News Subscribers get a 10% discount on tickets by entering the code MUSAUS when booking.


Key Supporters 

  • The Australian Government through the Department of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
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