Bookings are open for our Roundtable Contemporary Music conference on 3 and 4 August, includes a National Educators Forum and a National Live Music Forum. Tickets and info here.

We have released a Contemporary Music Statement in the lead up to the election.

Check out our latest classical feature: music in informal settings here, and book for our Indie Classics Seminar now! At Vivid Ideas in Sydney on 12 June.

Read our analysis of the arts funding upheaval. We too were one of many to lose out. However, our school music program Music: Count Us In is unaffected. We’ll keep you posted on our future plans.

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Chris Bowen
Music Australia




Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s ‘The Night Shift’ a hit with younger audiences

London’s Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s The Night Shift, which began in 2006, has become a striking success with younger audiences. It consists of short, late night concerts in relaxed setting. Venues even include pubs.  Full story

How music helped Africa’s ebola crisis

The story of Africa’s tragic ebola epidemic in 2014, which cost thousands of lives, is well known. What is less well known, is the role a music campaign played in the massive effort to contain the disease. Full story





Music Australia calls on Government to back Contemporary Music Sector

Music Australia has issued an election statement outlining key priorities for the contemporary music industry. We draw attention to the vital contribution this sector makes to our national identity, economy, small businesses, jobs and tourism.  Full story



Government’s Inquiry into Intellectual Property arrangements causes anger

The Productivity Commission has produced a draft report on their inquiry into Intellectual Property in Australia. Parts of this make disturbing reading, and have unleashed a strong public response. We share some key issues here. Full story



Funding cuts bite deep for music 

While news reverberates of deep funding cuts to dozens of arts organisations, including Music Australia and six other music companies, voices of criticism across the industry gather on the eve of an election. Full story



Arts Election Debate

ArtsPeak has organised a National Arts Election Debate in Melbourne on 8 June. The three major parties have been invited to debate their arts policies, moderated by ABC’s Patricia Karvelas. Free admission, bookings essential. Full story



Assessing Black Friday’s impact on the classical music sector

Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Gondwana Choirs, Southern Cross Soloists and Topology are among many classical music organisations that have been defunded by the Australia Council. The loss of multi-year funding is placing their future in question.  Full story

TSO joins orchestral push to China

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will tour China at the end of the year, playing eight concerts in Shanghai, Fuzhou and Nanjing. A joint concert between the TSO and the Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra is planned on New Year’s Eve.  Full story

Cloudstreet opera has popular appeal

Cloudstreet, the new opera by George Palmer and recently premiered in Adelaide, set out to be half opera and half musical. It has received the thumbs up from reviewers, who have generally liked its populist, Broadway musical style.  Full story



Western Sydney to Gain More Live Music

The Live Music Office is bringing its Live and Local model to Sydney’s western suburbs. Full story



Art of Music Artists and Musicians Announced

Australia’s artists and musicians collaborate for a good cause.  Full story




SA multi-arts academy proposal will not include Elder Conservatorium

The Elder Conservatorium of Music will not be part of a new multi-arts academy mooted for South Australia. The vice chancellor of the University of Adelaide has rejected the proposal, saying it will compromise arts education in that State.  Full story

Students Take Control in the Recording Studio

Music: Count Us In sees more than half a million kids singing the same song, on the same day, at the same time. A day in the recording studio took this year’s song from a rough draft to a hit track – one we will be share with you soon!  Full story


‘Music hubs’ may be a better alternative for extracurricular music

An idea being proposed in the UK is ‘music hubs’, where local authorities, schools and community organisations coordinate to provide high quality extracurricular music educational opportunities for children. Potentially it might have application in Australia. Full story




Songwriters, Aboriginal Knowledge-Holders and Naturalists Collaborate

This song writing project hopes to reconnect participants and listeners with place. Full story




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Access our complete suite of Opportunities at your leisure, anytime, on our website. Our Opportunities section includes all the latest information on competitions, awards, conferences, events, workshops, funding, resources, music jobs and more. Check out the OPPORTUNITIES section on our website now! And you can read the very latest opportunities below.    Your feedback is welcome, send us an email. 


Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Competitions & Awards:



Coups de Vents – 6th International Composition Competition

Applications close 1 Jun

Coups de Vents is launching the call for applications from his 6th International Composition Competition for wind orchestra.

Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition 2016

Entries close 30 Jun
The second Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition with the support of a leading Australian Composer as well as over $1500 worth of cash and prizes on offer.

Paul Lowin Prizes

Nominations close 30 Jun
Last offered in 2013, the Orchestral Prize ($25,000) and the Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) are a continuing testament to philanthropy in fostering new creative works of music. Managed by Perpetual and presented with the Australian Music Centre.

Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition

Applications close 13 Jul
Thanks to Alberts and APRA AMCOS, songwriters have the chance to win up to $50,000 and be held in the esteemed company of previous winners Megan Washington, the Preatures, Kimbra and Husky Gawenda.


National Indigenous Music Awards

Entries Close 17 Jun

The National Indigenous Music Awards recognise excellence, dedication, innovation and outstanding contribution to the Indigenous Music Industry. Nominations are open to the general public for releases between July 2015 – June 2016.

CHASS Australia Prize 2016

Nominations close 30 Jun
The Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) invites nominations for its  Australia Prizes. These Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying or training in the humanities, arts and social sciences.

Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 & Awards - Registrations of interest now open

With over $120,000 in prizes and awards available, all music genres are eligible.  An exciting new category will be added for 2016. Open to Victorian residents, further information will be available early in the New Year.  


Programs, Workshops & Resources


Applications closing soon for these Workshops & Programs:


Jazz Workshop for Female instrumentalists attending High School – Years 7 to 12

11 Jun, Brisbane
This jazz workshop has been specifically designed for Female instrumentalists currently attending High School who wish to gain an understanding of jazz music and develop their creative skills through improvisation.

Empowering Innovation – Copyright & and the Ideas Boom

2 Jun, Sydney
The Copyright Society of Australia and Marque Lawyers has invited four cutting-edge innovators from the transport, solar, health, and music industries to discuss break-through innovation at the coal face and how copyright enables their businesses across new technologies and business models.

Winter Masters Series – Guitarist Workshops

From 21 Jun
Presented by the Melbourne Guitar Lab, eight of Australia’s most successful players in their own genre, will each lead a 2 hour workshop in a new program for guitarists. The S=series is designed to improve skills, provoke creativity and foster dialogue amongst a new community of players.


Taikoz Classes – Term 2 Booking now open

Learn how to play the fascinating, awe-inspiring taiko! Taiko playing requires great energy and teamwork – its expression is primal and earthy. Experience the taiko by way of a Play Taiko Intro Workshop or joining an 8-week Beginners class.

Cultural Infusion – Indigenous Programs

Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration, taking place between 27th May and 3rd June. It commemorates the anniversary of the 1967 referendum, recognizing and acknowledging Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders and their culture. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Indigenous Australia with one of our engaging programs at your school in 2016.

Australian Copyright Council Seminar Program

9 May – 6 Sep
Australian Copyright Council seminars are presented by experts in the field of copyright law who are up-to-date with the latest policies, laws and applications of copyright.

Arthur Hull Drum Circle Facilitation

8-17 Jul
This three-day event will empower you to build a rhythm community while exploring the foundational elements of drum circle facilitation


Conferences, Seminars & Events


 Conferences, Seminars & Events just around the corner:


The Artist as Citizen Conference, New York

5-11 Jun
The Artist as Citizen Conference is presented by Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) a non-profit that connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the US and around the world.

National Arts Debate at The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne

8 Jun
The National Arts Election Debate – 2016 will bring the major parties together to share their visions for the future of the arts and respond to the burning questions of industry leaders and commentators from across the industry.

Melbourne Music Week EOIs Open

13 – 20 Nov – Applications close 10 Jun
Melbourne Music Week(MMW)  is inviting applications from individuals, groups and businesses, MMW’s program is a direct result of the depth and diversity of Melbourne’s creative music industry.

Australian Songwriters conference, Sydney

10-13 Jun
The ASC focuses on the craft and business of songwriting and attracts writers from across Australia and internationally. It is the only event of its kind in Australia, the ASC’s main aim is to provide a supportive and nurturing peer environment where attendees can learn more about their craft, get up close and personal with the speakers and mentors.  Registrations are now open


Indie Classics – What will classical and art music look like in the future?

12 Jun

Tickets are selling fast! Buy your ticket now! We continue our exploration of the future of classical music with a top notch panel and special guests, sharing ideas, practice and new ground.


ISME  – Pre Conference: “IMAGINE THE FUTURE: Everyone Plays Music”

23-23 Jul 
Commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy


Jungle Love Festival Applications Now Open

Applications close 1 Jun
Jungle Love Festival is happening on November 25-26 in Imbil, Qld. Jungle Love Festival is putting the call out for artist applications which are through the festival website.

Make Music Day Sydney

21 Jun

Make Music Day Sydney encourages the participation and support of live music. As part of International Music Day, Sydney will be hosting various events and celebrations across the city. Find out how you can participate.

Festival of Voices, Tasmania

30 Jun – 17 Jul
Australia’s premier celebration of the voice, The Festival brings some of the most respected singers from across Australia and overseas.


Australian Festival of Chamber Music  2016 program  announced

29 Jul-6 Aug
Experience the world’s finest chamber musicians performing in various combinations exclusively in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland.




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


Indigenous Languages and Arts Program

Applications close 13 Jun
The Indigenous Languages and Arts program (ILA) provides funding for projects and organisations that support participation in and maintenance of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts.


Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund, QLD

Applications close 17 Jun
The Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund supports community projects that build stronger communities in Brisbane.


Bundanon Residency Program 2017 - Applications now open

Applications close 21 Jun

The Artist-in-Residence program at the Bundanon site was initiated in 1993 and is the largest such program in Australia, hosting around 300 artists each year on both our Bundanon and Riversdale sites.

Image credit: Keith Deverell | Bundanon Trust Residency


Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship (Piano)

Applications close 30 Jun
The Scholarship, which recognises the work and achievements of the composer/pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, is awarded every two years to a deserving postgraduate music student to further their careers.

National Library of Australia Creative Fellowships

Applications close 1 Jul
The National Library offers three Fellowships to support practising writers and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections.

  1. The Friends of the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship
  2. The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing
  3. The National Folk Fellowship

MusicNSW 2016 Opportunity Development Grants Program – Round 1 open now

Applications close 11 Jul & 6 Sep
This program is aimed at supporting musicians and artist managers in developing opportunities whilst attending Australian industry conferences, domestic tours, trade fairs and other career defining opportunities in 2016, such as Bigsound, Face The Music, Electronic Music Conference, AWME and more. 




Applications closing soon for these Jobs:

Sydney Opera House, Marketing Coordinator, Campaign Marketing Team

Applications close 29 May
The Sydney Opera House is seeking to appoint a Marketing Coordinator to join the Campaign Marketing Team.

EMI Music – Marketing Manager

We have an exciting opportunity available for an Artist Marketing Manager to join the EMI team at our William Street, Sydney offices.


Mad On Music - Music Teacher

Applications close 30 May
Mad On Music are seeking an enthusiastic Music Teacher to run their music program designed for Melbourne's Primary School students.


The Adelaide Festival of Arts

Applications close 30 May
The Adelaide Festival of Arts is seeking to appoint a Marketing Coordinator, Philanthropy Specialist and a Business Development Executive to join the team.


Arts OutWest – Project Officer

Applications close 30 May
Arts OutWest is seeking a part-time Project Officer. The Project Officer will manage arts projects in the region and build relationships with individuals and organisations.

Ten Days on the Island – Marketing, Communications and Development Opportunities

Applications close 30 May
Ten Days on the Island presents a biennial arts festival that celebrates Tasmania. They are currently seeking expressions of interest for contract roles their marketing, communications and development team, based in Hobart and Launceston, for the March 2017 Festival.


Opera Australia – Assistant Chorus Master

Applications close 3 Jun
Opera Australia is seeking an Assistant Chorus Master to support the Chorus Master in all aspects of music preparation and artistic development of the Opera Australia Chorus, including the Children’s Chorus.

Griffith University – Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Music Literature and Research

Applications close 17 Jun
The position is central to the music literature and research endeavours. Teaching will be in the form of lectures and tutorials across the Conservatorium, and include higher degree supervision.  Engagement in the creative life of the Conservatorium is an expectation of this position.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Sound Gardens – Vivid New Music at the Con

29 May, Sydney
A mash-up of genre-bending music by budding musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (the Con) features in a one-day new music festival for the opening weekend of Vivid Sydney.

New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival, Darling Harbour

18 Jun, Sydney
New Beginnings invites people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and celebrate the talents, skills and cultural diversity of people from refugee backgrounds. Supported by Marrickville Council and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

Brisbane International Jazz Festival

2-12 Jun, Brisbane
BIJF is back for 2016, bringing world acclaimed genre defying artists, national treasures and local jazz heroes onto Brisbane stages.


2 Jun, Sydney
Witness the pummeling force of black metal band Deafheaven on an Opera-made stage. Claimed to be the most powerful and ambitious rock band (Spin), the San Francisco post-rockers have defied genre expectations exploring extreme dynamics and guitar-driven screams.

A Moment In Time

3 Jun, Perth
A Moment in Time will celebrate the Western Australian Museum and honour its place at the heart of our community ahead of its four-year closure for major redevelopment. Some of WA's best music will be featured throughout the Museum.

Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily’s D+Evolution

3 Jun, Melbourne
Melbourne International Jazz Festival presents GRAMMY® award-winning, singer-composer-bassist Esperanza Spalding for the first time ever in Australia, opening the 2016 Festival.

Kurt Elling, City Recital Hall

3 Jun, Sydney
Kurt Elling, undoubtedly the most influential jazz vocalist of our time, is performing at City Recital Hall for one night only. 

Jen De Ness Septet, Ellington Jazz Club

9 Jun, Perth
Perth based Jazz Singer, Songwriter & Cabaret performer Jen de Ness celebrates the release of her original  “See things Like You” CD


Key Supporters 

  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • The Australian Government through the Dept of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
  • Thomson Geer Lawyers
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