We welcome the return of Australia Council funds by Arts Minister Fifield and urge the Government to move swiftly to repair the damage.

We’re thrilled the talented young Taylor Henderson will be the face of Music: Count Us in this year. 

At the 11th hour copyright advocates have persuading the government to pull a controversial safe harbour amendment. 

It’s rare for pianist Piers Lane to be a no show, but Cyclone Debbie intervened in Townsville’s Festival of Chamber Music launch. Program out now. Our thoughts are with all in north Queensland.

And we love this collaborative initiative, Club Weld celebrates young musicians on the autism spectrum.


Chris Bowen CEO

Music Australia





Marketing Classical Music To Millennials

While classical attendances have remained relatively stable over recent years, the challenge of attracting young people remains as pressing as ever. We look at recent audience trends here, and illuminating findings from California Symphony’s Orchestra X audience development program. Full story





What The Return Of Catalyst Funds Mean For Music

Arts Minister Mitch Fifield has bowed to sector pressure and will return most Australia Council funds removed in 2015. While this move is welcome, we examine what it means for music and ask where to from here? Full story



Government Listens and Takes First Step to Achieve Safe Harbour Reform

The Government has excluded a controversial part of a copyright amendment bill. Full story



Support Act To Honour Jenny Morris At Music In The House

The fundraiser will feature performances by Jimmy Barnes, Neil Finn and Montaigne. Full story



Rock ‘n’ Roll Writers Festival To Tour To Melbourne 

Launched in Brisbane last year, the annual celebration of words and music is going interstate. Full story



Two Sydney Live Music Venues Gain Extended Opening Hours  

This brings the total number of venues with exemptions to seven, small but much needed live music improvements. Full story



Is Sexual Harassment Rife In The Creative Industries?

With industry based initiatives to address sexual harassment in music underway, it is timely to provide some broader context around this issue. We publish a short report summarising a Curtin University study examining sexual harassment in the creative industries. Full story



Is There Scope For An Indigenous Orchestra In Australia?

Last year saw the founding of Orchestra Noir, an all-African-American orchestra in Atlanta, USA. It begs the question whether an orchestra of Aboriginal musicians could one day start up in Australia. The time indeed looks ripe for such a venture. Full story



The First Ever Crowdfunded Classical Music World Tour

Sydney-based duo, TwoSet Violin, are on their way to becoming the first classical music world tour to be entirely funded by crowdfunding. The pair are currently fundraising with a potentially endless busking marathon in Sydney. Full story 




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New Member Benefit from Ditto Music

Our members now receive 20% off Ditto Music services worldwide - including distribution to iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Shazam, Google Play and many more. Ditto is an international music company with 6 international offices, including in Melbourne. Working with over 100 000 artists and labels, Ditto assists artists and labels expand their reach online. Email to receive a discount code.




Taylor Henderson Joins MCUI 2017! 

Taylor Henderson is one of Australia’s most impressive young singer/songwriters. Taylor will be the Music: Count Us In Mentor in 2017. Music: Count Us In is also pleased to announce the five students who have won coveted spots on the 2017 songwriting team. Full story


Learning Music Can Help Critical Thinking

A view increasingly voiced among education researchers is that music has a role in developing critical thinking in children. Classes that promote visualisation and reflective thinking through an active mode of listening can help achieve this, they suggest. Full Story




Breaking Boundaries Through Sound with Club Weld

A unique music studio exists for musicians on the Autism spectrum and it has far-reaching benefits for our local music 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.

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Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Competitions & Awards:

The Blanchard Award

Applications close 31 March
The Blanchard Award is open to talented instrumental students in either their first or second year of high school offering $5000 to both a female and a male recipient.

QMF On Song Competition

Applications close 31 March
Queensland Music Festival (QMF) has launched a statewide search to discover new talent among aspiring young musicians.

The 2017 Carol Lloyd Award

Applications close 31 March
This award will be presented to an emerging female singer-songwriter, who was either born in, or resides in, Queensland. The successful applicant will be awarded $15,000 and more prizes.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

Live Music Professionals Program

Applications close 31 March
This program aims to help individuals in the Victorian music community build sustainable live music businesses. 

Crowdfunding Academy: Learn to Run a Successful Campaign

1 - 8 April, Online
Pozible in collaboration with Eventbrite are offering a free 10 module course of the very best information on crowdfunding available.

Making a Musician Workshop: Gender Diversity in the Music Industry                            

18 April, Adelaide
This workshop will explore the gender gap in the music industry addressing questions such as is there one? Why is there one?  

Introduction to Digital Marketing

18 - 24 April, Sydney
A short and practical course to help you build your social media and online marketing skills.



Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

Music Industry Online Summit

3 - 12 April, Online
A free music business conference that is completely online, presented by APRA/AMCOS and Music Business Facts.

A Rock & Roll Writers Festival, Tour Edition

9 April, Melbourne
A Rock & Roll Writers Festival brings a one-day special event to Melbourne. Featuring a number of acclaimed authors, songwriters, journalists, commentators and broadcasters coming together for an entertaining and engaging day of discussions.

Canadian Music Week

18 – 22 April, Canada
Now in its 35th year, this event is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America for music business.




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


ACO Emerging Artists' Program 2018

Applications close 31 March
Australian Chamber Orchestra’s (ACO’s) Emerging Artists' Program connects the next generation of talented young Australian string players with members of the ACO. 

Josh Pyke Partnership

Applications close 31 March
Josh Pyke is partnering with APRA AMCOS to award one lucky Australian musician with a $7,500 grant to help kick-start their musical career.

Country Arts WA – Regional Arts Legacy Grants

Applications close 31 March
This fund enables WA regional communities, organisations or individuals to secure funding that will stimulate and support arts activity in all art forms.

The Marten Bequest

Applications close 10 April
These travelling scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

Applications close 12 April
The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



MCM, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor in Music (Educational Technologies, Online Learning)

Application closes 31 March
This role will lead the development, promotion, coordination and teaching of online music subjects.

Sydney Festival, Communications Manager

Applications close 3 April
The successful applicant will plan, develop and implement media strategies (including digital) that promote Sydney Festival as a high quality arts event.

City of Sydney, Cultural Projects Manager
Applications close 5 February
The City of Sydney is seeking a part-time Cultural Projects Manager to develop and implement strategic cultural initiatives.

Voice Performance Fellow and Lecturer in Aural Studies

Applications close 6 April
The School of Music is looking for someone to lead the recruitment and teaching of vocal students in the School at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Live Music Office, Program Manager
Applications close 7 April
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Music (Performance - Oboe) as a teaching and research position.



Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tutti 1st Violin

Applications close 3 April
Sydney Symphony Orchestra is hold auditions in May for Tutti 1st Violin.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra – Tutti Viola and Section Principal Viola

Applications close 14 April
This position is open to candidates of all nationalities.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Songs of Australia
2 April, Melbourne

The Star Chorale presents a musical reflection on life in modern-day Victoria - growing up in Melbourne, surviving the Black Saturday bushfires, inspiration from the inimitable Michael Leunig, a homage to the ANZACs. 

Cementa Arts Festival
6 – 9 April Kandos, NSW

4 days and nights of performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, photography, installation and ceramics.

The Sound of Australia: William Barton with the ASO

6 April, Adelaide Town Hall, SA
Yidaki (didjeridu) virtuoso William Barton returns to Adelaide for one night only, in celebration of the South Australian Museum’s exhibition Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia.


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  • City of Sydney
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