Contemporary music: We were delighted to attend the inaugural function by the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Music, raising music’s profile in Canberra. And what better time, with our artists achieving increasing global success. Billboard’s Lars Brandle has penned us a roundup: Australia’s new generation of global stars. The figures tell the story – a billion dollar business – read more in our latest Statistical Snapshot. Mind you we have work to do. We have prepared a Lockout Laws Review to submit to governments to address challenging legislation in two states.
Arts funding: We were signatories to a recent arts funding letter to the PM; we urge him to follow his Canadian counterpart’s example!

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Chris Bowen
Music Australia





Drone cameras and 4K films for orchestral concerts

New York’s youngest orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York, has a project to add full-length films and live video feeds to its concerts. State-of-the-art pop concerts style lighting will be used. Full story



What to make of English National Opera’s current crisis

With Mark Wigglesworth’s resignation from the English National Opera as music director, questions are being asked about the company's artistic vigour and governance. There may be lessons for other opera companies, including here in Australia. Full story





Australia’s new generation of global stars – Lars Brandle studies form guide

Grammy nominations for Courtney Barnett, Hiatus Kaiyote and Tame Impala, the latter claiming a rare Brit Award; U.S. chart records for 5 Seconds of Summer. A monster hit for Goyte, consecutive U.S. top 5s for Troye Sivan. The rise of Chet Faker, Sia, Vance Joy, Flume, Iggy Azalea and Alison Wonderland. Australian acts are making noise overseas. Full story



Parliamentary Friends of Australian Music group formed in Canberra

A Parliamentary Friends group for Australian music has been launched to raise awareness of the music industry’s economic and cultural significance. Over 100 people attended the Parliament House event, with appearances by artists including Jimmy Barnes. Full story




Dynamics of Live Music Venues and why lockout laws are a problem

Those not involved in the live music scene may wonder why lockout laws are a problem. We explain the dynamics of live music venues and the problems lockout laws present, as contained in our forthcoming government submissions. Full story



Australian Contemporary Music a billion dollar business

Australian Contemporary Music Industry is a multi-billion dollar contributor to Australia’s economy & culture. Our latest statistical snapshot demonstrates the scale of this industry; a key contributor to national employment growth and our cultural identity.
Full story



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

What will classical and art music look like in the future? Join us at the MCA for a seminar at Vivid Ideas, where we look at future directions, challenges and opportunities, with a focus on the art of the independents. Full story




MSO heading to China with new managing director

Sophie Galaise takes up her new job as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Managing Director on the day the orchestra leaves for Shanghai, on 4 April. She comes to the job after having substantially turned around the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s fortunes.  Full story



Music Victoria adds Sexual Harassment and Copyright to Guide

Music Victoria’s fluid guidelines keep up to date with developments. Full story



Music Wins At Australia’s First Start-Up Weekend For Creative Tech

Two of the three winners hope to use tech to create opportunities for Australia’s musicians. Full story



Arts funding letter to PM – follow Canada’s example for arts innovation!

Music Australia has joined a call in a letter to the PM for arts and culture to be prioritised as key tools in Australia’s future prosperity, and cuts reversed. It comes as the Canadian PM delivers on his pledge to double their national arts council budget. Full story



“Crippling” government arts cuts foreshadowed in SA June budget

Cuts to arts funding of more than $8.5m have been foreshadowed in South Australia’s upcoming budget. Rainer Jozeps, a previous chief executive of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, has warned they will cripple the State’s arts organisations. Full story



Are young girls missing out on music education opportunities because of their gender?

Changes are a-happening in the United Kingdom as another Cathedral Choir “makes history” by allowing girl choristers to join their ranks. Girls will be welcome to join the high acclaimed Gloucester Cathedral Choir. It’s 2016. Surely this should have happened already?! Full story

Teaching classical musicians to improvise

US violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain teaches improvisation to classical music students with the aim of pushing them outside their usual experiences. It is an approach to teaching that has obvious benefits but is rarely taken up by music institutions. Full story

Setback in ANU School of Music’s search for new head

A leading candidate from the US has declined an offer to take up the position of head of ANU’s School of Music. It leaves the school still in search of a replacement for Peter Tregear, who departed last year. Full story



Free tickets To Award Winning Wide Open Sky Screening!

Music Australia in partnership with Entertainment One Films offer our Sydney and Brisbane subscribers the chance to win a double pass ticket to attend a Screening of the upcoming film WIDE OPEN SKY On 6 April.  Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival, Wide Open Sky is the uplifting story of a children’s choir in outback NSW. Full story

Iconic Bondi Pavilion is getting an upgrade – don’t forget the music.

Bondi’s iconic Bondi Pavilion is getting a well-deserved upgrade but Bondi’s music community are rallying to make sure music is part of the plan, and invite letters of support. Full story

Music Therapy for Premature Babies Delivering Favourable Results

An American hospital has made music therapy a regular part of its treatment programme for premature babies. Full story




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You can now access the complete suite of Opportunities at your leisure, anytime, on our website.The new Opportunities section includes all the latest information on competitions, awards, conferences, events, workshops, funding opportunities, resources, music jobs and more. Check out the OPPORTUNITIES section on our website now! In the meantime, the latest, opportunities just around the corner, are below. 

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Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Competitions & Awards:



I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 second film competition

Applications close 1 Apr

Now open with a selection of fantastic prizes for filmmakers and musicians, as part of a new national initiative, shining the spotlight on Australian contemporary live music.

Manhattan International Music Competition

Applications close 15 Apr

The aim of this competition is to find performers with a strong artistic personality and stage presence. The emphasis is therefore not on the purely technical aspect of the performance, but also on the artistic charisma of the performer.


Jackie Orszaczky Music Lecture and Composition Competition

Entries close 15 Apr
APRA members are invited to compose a song or instrumental in the spirit of Jackie’s music. The winner will be selected by members of the Orszaczky band and receive a cash prize.


Airlie Beach Music Festival – International Songwriting Competition

Applications close 7 May
Songwriters are invited to write a love song about the Whitsundays. The competition aims to find the best song and we are offering $5000 prize money to the winning song-writer!


Fanfare Competition – Call for submissions

Registrations close 23 May
8 young artists + 8 compositions = Sydney Opera House  – Open to young people aged 12-21 years to write a short 30 second composition to assist calling people to their seats at the Sydney Opera House.


2016 Art Music Awards – Nominations Now Open

Nominations close 11 Apr

The yearly Art Music Awards are presented by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre to recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian music.

2016 NSW Creative Achievement Awards – NSW Government invites nominations

Nominations close 10 Apr
The Awards are a NSW Government initiative to celebrate and reward outstanding achievements that help raise the global profile of NSW Creative Industries.


The International Music+Sound Awards

Entries close 15 Apr
The Music+Sound Awards are the world’s first and only global awards programme to recognise and celebrate the indispensable role and outstanding contribution that both music and sound design play in the media.


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

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


Programs, Workshops & Resources


Applications closing soon for these Workshops & Programs:


Music NT - Sista Sounds Workshops

Every year MusicNT mentors work with aspiring Indigenous female musicians and songwriters in some of the most remote locations in Australia.


Bogong Centre for Sound Culture Masterclass

21 – 24 May
Bogong Centre for Sound Culture Masterclass is a four-day all-inclusive learning experience in a unique location, Bogong Alpine Village. Lead by Dr Philip Samartzis the masterclass introduces students, artists and industry professionals to concepts and practices informing site-specific sound art.

The Place of Music in 21st Century Education

Open Online
What do children need from education now, and in the future? This five module course is not just for classroom or ensemble music educators. It’s suitable for anyone interested in creativity-infused education, in contemporary education issues, and in the integration and use of digital technology.


The Fundamentals of Fundraising, National

Perfect for emerging practitioners looking to cement their knowledge of arts philanthropy and sponsorship, or for established arts workers who want a refresher on the nuts and bolts of arts fundraising. This is also an excellent opportunity to network with your peers and connect with your local Creative Partnerships State Manager.



Culture Club: What do you hear when you listen to Beethoven? – Sydney Opera House

5 Apr
How do we listen to Beethoven in the 21st century? Pianist and writer Anna Goldsworthy and Benjamin Schwartz, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Director of Artistic Planning join Yarmila Alfonzetti to share their experience of one of the world’s greatest composers.


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.

Music Together – International Early Childhood Music Program

8-10 Apr
Music Together, the award-winning, international early childhood music and movement program developed in Princeton, New Jersey, is offering an exciting three-day Teacher Training Workshop in Sydney.

The Beat Starts Here, Sydney

9-13 Apr
Applications are now open for The Beat Starts Here 2016. This conducting course for teachers and community conductors takes place in April.  Applications for this program close 17 Mar.


Community Music Victoria Music Camp

15-17 Apr
Amazing singing and music workshops for all, Saturday night bash, 6 indoor, spacious and accessible venues, plus dedicated indoor sessions space.


Folk Music:

Australia Folk Blogspot 

A terrific resource for folk enthusiasts  

Contemporary Music:

Anatomy Music Focused Podcast 

 A collection of podcasts on Australian contemporary artist and music industry issues


Conferences, Seminars & Events


 Conferences, Seminars & Events just around the corner:


2016 Free Music Business Online Summit, National

4-15 Apr
Musicians, songwriters, producers, managers, and aspiring music industry entrepreneurs are invited to register for a free online music industry summit featuring industry professionals such as Josh Pyke, Gregg Donovan (Wonderlick Entertainment) and Dave Jiannis (Epitaph Records) and more.

Brighton Music Conference, UK

14-15 Apr
The UK’s leading electronic dance music conference, for the industry by the industry. Tickets on sale now for Brighton Music Conference 2016.


Third Nordoff Robbins Plus Research Conference, London

17 May
The Nordoff Robbins Plus series brings together presentations from related disciplines, together with posters and group discussions. Poster submissions about projects that explore music in its many settings are currently open.


Regional Cultural Forum: Festivals Deconstructed, Shepparton

18 Mar
Regional Arts Victoria presents the Regional Cultural Forum: Festivals Deconstructed at Shepparton Festival. This one day forum will connect artists, arts workers and local government workers with festival directors to network, share ideas and be inspired.


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

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


ISME – Community Music Activity (CMA) International Seminar

19-23 Jul
Theme: Innovation and Change in Community Music. The seminar will bring together community music practitioners and scholars to celebrate and explore the music-making practices, pedagogies, and cultural politics that are currently shaping community music throughout the world.


International Festival of Language & Culture – Colours of the World, Sydney

17 Apr
The International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) is an annual celebration that showcases the range of linguistic talents and cultural diversity from around the world.


Brisbane International Singers Festival 2016, QLD

3-5 Jun
The Festival is open to all community and school choirs and individual singers with amazing opportunities to sing in the Festival showcase concerts and massed choirs.

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2016

9-13 Jun
 Register your interest to workshop with Kirby Shaw, sing in any of our fabulous Festival events or feature your choir at Melbourne International Singers Festival 2016!

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:

ArtPlay New Ideas Lab, Melbourne

EOI closes 1 Apr

EOI’s are now open for the ArtPlay New Ideas Lab providing an opportunity for artists to propose new projects to undertake at ArtPlay as part of an ongoing creative arts program for children up to 12 years of age and their families. ArtPlay New Ideas Lab supports proposals between $5000 to $20,000.

Creative Victoria – Indigenous Professional Development Grant

Applications close 4 Apr
The Indigenous Professional Development Program supports the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts practitioners and arts-workers residing in Victoria.


City of Kingston Arts Grants, Canberra

Applications close 5 Apr
The City of Kingston invites individual artists, not for profit arts groups and organisations to apply for an Arts Grant as part of the wider Community Grants Program. The 2016-2017 Arts Grants program supports a diverse range of artists, arts practice, organisations and arts activity. Projects must have a public outcome.


Sidney Myer Fund and the Myer Foundation

Applications close 10 Apr
This program seeks to strengthen and grow the independent arts and cultural sector in Australia by granting money to ensembles/collectives/groups and organisations that are highly connected within their sector, and producing excellent work.


Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program Guidelines

Applications close 11 Apr 
The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) aims to deliver high-quality, innovative arts and cultural projects to an international audience.


Arts Queensland - Individuals Fund

Applications close 12 Apr
For individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities. Applications can be made for funding up to $10 000.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs:


Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM), Dean and Head of School, NSW

Applications close 31 Mar

The University of Sydney’s, SCM is seeking to appoint a Dean and Head of School. The Dean and Head of School will provide leadership and support for the SCM’s teaching and research activities and will be responsible for the general management of the SCM. Visit and search by the reference number 274/0216 for more information and to apply.


Moriah College, Sydney- Head of Brass and Percussion, NSW

Applications close 1 Apr
An opportunity has become available to join an established, ambitious and committed Music Department. Moriah College is looking for an innovative and dynamic Music educator to lead the development of Brass and Percussion (Years 3 - 12).


Country Arts SA, Marketing Coordinator, SA

Applications close 1 Apr
Are you passionate about the arts and regional South Australia? Country Arts SA is seeking a talented and collaborative professional to join the team as Marketing Coordinator working from the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre in Mount Gambier.


Opera Australia, Corporate Partnership Manager, NSW

Applications close 1 Apr
Opera Australia is seeking a Corporate Partnership Manager to join the team.


Brimbank City Council, Venue Operations Manager, VIC

Applications close 3 Apr
An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced professional at the St Albans Community Centre and Performing Arts Facility.


City Recital Hall, Marketing Assistant, NSW

Applications close 6 Apr
City Recital Hall is currently seeking a Marketing Assistant to join the team. The Marketing Assistant works closely with the Marketing Manager and Marketing and Communications Coordinator to implement the organisation’s marketing plan and supporting the promotion of City Recital Hall and its events and concerts.


The Australian Boys Choir – General Manager, VIC

Applications close 8 Apr
The appointee will be responsible for the development and maintenance of: The general business administration of ABCI operations, The public profile of ABCI, Planning and resource advice to the Board and implementation of plans and networking. Applicants can contact the Artistic Director on 0418 364 499 or by email  to  receive a full position description.


Sydney Symphony Orchestra(SSO) - Principal Clarinet

Applications close:  12 Jul | Audition date: 23 - 24 Aug
SSO is auditioning in August for a Principal clarinet.

Opera Queensland – Project Rossini

Project Rossini is a large, ambitious project in which Opera Queensland will work with eight Queensland communities to find and train local performers for a 2016 tour of The Barber of Seville. Aspiring performers from eight communities – Gold Coast, Fraser Coast, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba will have the opportunity to audition for a coveted spot.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Cinemusica – Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide

2-12 Apr
The first collaboration between the ACO and Synergy Percussion. The music explores film’s most iconic scores, featuring music from American Beauty, The Shining and Psycho. 50% discount on tickets to all Sydney shows!  Simply use the promo code ‘KUBRICK’ when booking.


WA Youth Jazz Orchestra - The Premiss Collective, WA

8 Apr
With heavy beats, big boss brass and lyrical rhymes the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra will bring the house down for audiences in their first performance of the year. WAYJO will bring together a huge live hip-hop show featuring five of Australia’s top emerging MCs.

The Brodsky Quartet & Katie Noonan – Melbourne Recital Centre

29 Apr
Katie Noonan, one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists, joins the UK’s perpetually intrepid Brodsky Quartet in a stunning new collaboration.

Mirusia, Andre Rieu’s Muze  – The Concourse, Chatswood, NSW

30 Apr
The award winning artist MIRUSIA with Orchestra and Choral singers will tour Australia from April until August 2016 and is in Sydney for one night only. She will be singing a selection of well-loved songs from her new album, This Time Tomorrow.

The Drones, 170 Russell, Melboune, VIC

20 May
One of Australia’s most revered live acts, The Drones return to the stage.

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