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Chris Bowen
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U2 Have Plans

After U2 appeared at Apple’s recent watch launch, their new song was given away to half a billion iTunes subscribers (to the annoyance of some who required an Apple supplied tool to remove it from their accounts). The Irish group subsequently signalled a new venture, with an ambition to save the music industry no less. Time Magazine reports they are working with Apple on a “secret new digital format” they hope will attract reliable paying customers. Frontman Bono describes it as “an audio visual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated”. They want it to be visually rich and experiential. One to watch. CNet has more.


Classical Music to Calm the Public?

Could classical music help reduce public abuse suffered by frontline city workers? A report by the Greater London Conservatives has recommended playing classical music in railways stations as one of three strategies to reduce alarming levels of anti-social behaviour. The report cites a trial in UK stations some years ago where classical music was played through speakers.  This resulted in 33 percent fewer robberies, 25 percent less attacks on staff and 37 percent less vandalism. The report draws on research it says shows classical music can have a calming effect and reduce stress hormones. Read full report here.





Richard Roxburgh to Direct New Sydney Arts Festival

According to actor Richard Roxburgh, ‘Sydney won’t know what’s hit it’ when brand new festival Spectrum Now gets underway. Scheduled to run for nineteen days from11 March 2015, the event promises a diverse, daring, lively programme inspired by the Sydney Morning Herald’s long-running Spectrum magazine.

We can expect talks, exhibitions, performances, interactive experiences, pop-up bars, food stalls and an abundance of surprises.



Future Music and Laneway Among the World’s Most Influential Festivals

According to Spotify, Australia’s festival scene is having a serious impact internationally. Both Future Music and Laneway made the digital music service’s 2014 ‘World’s Most Influential Festivals’ top ten. The former stormed in at Number Two, second only to Glastonbury, while the latter chimed in at Number Seven. ‘Influence’ was measured according to the impact of headline appearances on streaming statistics, which were recorded for two weeks either side of each festival.




Study to Examine the Impact of Australia’s Live Music Scene


A new survey, being conducted by the Live Music Office in collaboration with the University of Tasmania, is examining the impact of live music on the Australian population. Whereas previous studies have tended to focus on economics, this one takes a more holistic approach, exploring how attending and participating in venue-based shows affect our health, well-being, values and more. ‘One of the things we'd like to be able to explore is how much governments might facilitate the live music sector in Australia,’ lead researcher Dave Carter told the ABC. ‘But also from the perspective of the audience – looking at how they value live music, not just in terms of money they spend, but the time they spend and the impact that it has on their lives’. Readers can take part right here.




New Code of Conduct for Managers of Australian Artists


At BIGSOUND 2014, the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) launched a new Code of Conduct for members. To be implemented in July 2015, it aims to provide ‘the most ethical, professional and innovative artists management in Australia’. Eleven guidelines comprise its core, asserting important values, from transparency and accountability to confidentiality and cultural awareness. ‘The management industry is self-regulated, so a Code puts in writing the ethics that it works by,’ AAM Executive Director, Yvette Myhill, told The Music Network.




Spawning a Game-Changer: Pinchgut Opera


A chat over coffee amongst a group of Baroque music colleagues spawned what has become a game-changer in Australia’s opera scene. Pinchgut Opera, was the brainchild of harpsichordist Erin Helyard, violinist Anna McDonald and friends back in 2000. Beginning on a shoestring budget with the idea of the largely untapped repertoire of pre-1750 opera using period instruments and performing styles, it has gone on to mount highly successful productions of Handel, Rameau and other Baroque masters. Under co-artistic directors Antony Walker and Erin Helyard, the company has also brought to attention many of Australia’s outstanding specialist Baroque singers, including countertenor David Hansen. In December, Pinchgut presents Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, and next year come Vivaldi’s Bajazet and Gretry’s L’Amant Jaloux.
* Photo Credit: Pinchgut Opera




More Money to Melba


Artshub’s recent revelation that classical label Melba Recordings received $275,000 unannounced funding in April provoked considerable coverage, not all complimentary, including in the ABC, SMH and The Music, and a vigorous rebuttal from Melba head Maria Vandamme published in Artshub and the Music Network. Critics were concerned the funding came direct from government and bypassed peer review. Melba’s response noted their direct advocacy generated additional arts funding that disadvantaged no-one and no peer reviewed program exist for them to apply to. The question of how many sales resulted from years of government funding remains unanswered with commercial confidentiality cited.  




Music in the Classroom – Workshop with Richard Gill OAM


Techniques to enrich music in the classroom and community

4 – 6pm Wed 15th October 2014, Erskineville Town Hall

A session for classroom teachers and music enthusiasts. Richard will share useful techniques to enrich music in your classroom or community. Includes participatory, instructional and purely pleasurable elements, and key considerations about learning value and benefits. Will provide teachers and group leaders with easily learned practical techniques to apply in classroom and community settings. No music experience required.  Q&A included.
Richard Gill, is one of Australia’s pre-eminent and most admired conductors and an internationally respected music educator.

Free for Music Australia Members, and $20 for non-members, bookings are essential. Refreshments provided. You can book here.

Music Talks is a series of seminars, panels and roundtables on topical issues in music presented by Music Australia.




Music Copyright - the Artist and the Internet


Presented by Music Australia in Association with Music NSW

4 – 6pm Wed 19th November 2014, Erskineville Town Hall

This Q&A / Panel Discussion looks at the latest developments to enhance protection for composers and creators from their content being used on the internet without authority.  Our expert panel explains what is happening here and overseas, unpacks the terms involved, and answers your questions. Panel is:

  • Michael Smellie, Chair Music Australia, Panel chair
  • Vanessa Hutley, General Manager Music Rights Australia             
  • Lindy Morrison, Artist               
  • Fiona Phillips, Executive Director Australian Copyright Council 

Free for Music Australia Members, and $20 for non-members, bookings are essential. You can book here.

Music Talks is a series of seminars, panels and roundtables on topical issues in music presented by Music Australia.




Australia Council Rolls Out New Funding Program


Our national arts body has been out explaining their new funding programs, set to commence in 2015. The grant changes are some of the most significant in the organisation’s 40 year history. The focus has been on simplifying processes, reducing complexity, and making funding more responsive to creative activity. Peer assessment will continue to underpin decision making. You can read what we’ve learned here. 
*Photo Credit: Dylan Evans, Expressions Dance Company




Vale Harley Mead


Music Australia was saddened to hear of the passing of renowned Brisbane-based composer, conductor and educator, Harley Mead.  Professor Scott Harrison, Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University said: “Harley's contribution to music education in this state was immeasurable. My own children were influenced by his compositions, and I have fond memories of seeing performances of  his signature work "Flying" both here and internationally. I'm sure that the experience of my children interacting with Harley in workshops and performances across the state will have been replicated for many young people across the state and beyond. His energy, enthusiasm and drive will be much missed”.  You can read a tribute here.


Music: Count Us In Public Events


On 30 October, more than half a million Australians will come together to celebrate our school music program Music: Count Us In. Visit one of our public events to see what it’s all about. Thousands of students will gather to sing in front of the Perth Cultural Centre, in Casuarina Mall in Darwin, on Hobart’s Bellerive Boardwalk, in Sydney’s Tumbalong Park, in Federation Square in Melbourne and in the Great Hall in Parliament House, Canberra. Our Parliament House event will be live streamed. You can join the conversation by tweeting @MusicCountUsIn with hashtag: #mcui. Make sure your school is registered:


Music Education Symposium

This sounds good – a Twilight Music education seminar followed by a gathering at the pub! This Music Symposium on 14 October is the first in a series of seminars to explore opportunities for Victorian children and young people to participate in quality music education. Professor Gary McPherson, an international advocate for Music Education, will give a Keynote presentation on the power of music in people's lives and in children's education. More details and bookings here for this Bastow Institute hosted event. School Music Action Group is inviting attendees to gather afterwards at a local pub, details here.


MTEC 2014

This year’s Music Technology in Education Conference (MTEC) takes place at Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill, Victoria, on 3-4 October. Three respected music educationists will give talks: US early childhood music specialist Amy Burns, Sydney Conservatorium lecturer in music education James Humberstone, and Melbourne education consultant Andrew Douch. Organised by the Soundhouse Music Alliance, the event is intended for music educators around the country to meet, share ideas and discuss developments in technology. Details here.




New Research Shows that Music Lessons Enhance Brain Function


A Northwestern University study has provided evidence that music lessons improve neural processing. At-risk children who participated in a community music programme for two years were shown to distinguish between speech sounds more accurately. However, just one year of training did not produce such significant results. ‘This research demonstrates that community music programs can literally “remodel” children’s brains in a way that improves sound processing, which could lead to better learning and language skills,’ said study lead author Nina Kraus. ‘Biologically, you are what you do, and your past shapes your present.’ You can access a slideshow of their work here – a useful resource.


Gippsland Singers Network to Gather at Wilsons Promontory


Between 10 – 12 October, the Gippsland Singers Network will host a gathering dedicated to community singing at The Baldwin Spencer Lodge, Tidal River. Vocalists, group leaders and members of support networks are invited. The weekend, which is supported by Community Music Victoria, will involve discussion, song sharing and an array of workshops designed to promote the establishment and continuation of vocal groups. Focus areas include song writing, arranging, harmony, body percussion, body language and leadership.








National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship.


This Fellowship, supported by the Friends of the National Library of Australia, assists professional artists to develop new artistic work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections.  The Fellowship, open to artists practising in any art form, offers a grant of $10,000 for a minimum one-month residency at the Library by June 2015 to develop new art-work. Closing 9 November , 2014. Information and application here.




Plus1 – Creative Partnerships Funding


Creative Partnerships is pleased to announce the return of the Plus1 matched funding program. Plus1 will allocate $1.75 million in matched funding for development/fundraising campaigns that assist arts organisations attract new donors and grow stronger donor networks. Applications opened 24 September. For more information visit the Creative Partnerships website.




Country Arts WA, Quick Response Grants


These grants assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs. Funding can cover any reasonable expense such as artists' and conference registration fees, materials and travel and accommodation costs. Applications may be lodged at any time (subject to availability of funding), with outcomes notified within 10 working days. More information at the Country Arts WA website.




Indent Partnership Grants


Applications are open for the 2015 Indent Partnership Grants Program, developed for young people to stage youth music events, funded by ArtsNSW. Applications close 24 October. For more information visit the Indent website. 




PPCA & OzCo Recording Grant


Local WA artists and musicians now have the opportunity to apply for the $15,000 grants available thanks to PPCA and the Australian Council to help assist with new sound recordings. Applications close 25 November.  For more information visit the Australia Council website.




City of Sydney, Accommodation Grants


City of Sydney provides opportunities to organisations to occupy City-owned spaces at reduced rent. They currently have four spaces now open for application to non-profit organisations. Applications close 17 October. For more information visit the City of Sydney website.




Creative Sparks Grants Brisbane City Council


The Creative Sparks Program is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Applications are open for up to $20,000 funding across three categories: Creative projects, Development opportunities and Creative economy. Applications close 20 October 2014.  For more information visit the Brisbane City Council Website.





4th Vietnam International Choir Competition - Hội An 2015

The 4th Vietnam International Choir Competition is being held 29 April – 3 May 2015 in Hội An. For more information on how to enter and take part click here.



Int. Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition

Applications are now open for the International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition taking place 15- 19 July 2015 in Germany. For more information on how to apply click here.




Pierrot Lunaire International Composition Competition


Composers from all over the world are invited to submit works for the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien. The 2015 Pierrot Lunaire International Composition Competition is now open for applications. Applications close 30 December. For more information click here



Artist Registration Adelaide Fringe

Adelaide Fringe is calling on performers, musicians, visual artists, arts organisations and event producers from across Australia and around the world to take part in one of the leading open-access Fringe festivals in the world. Applications close 8 October. For more information visit the Fringe website.



Access Arts Achievement Award QLD

Access Arts has launched the inaugural $10,000 Access Arts Achievement Award.  It is open to all Queensland artists, arts workers or producers who experience disability. Applications close 18 October , for more information visit the Access Arts website.





AOBO, Principal French Horn

The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra(AOBO) is holding auditions for Principal French Horn. Applications close 15 October. For more information visit the Opera Australia Website.



AOBO, Principal Clarinet

The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra(AOBO) is holding auditions for Principal Clarinet. Applications close 14 October. For more information visit the Opera Australia Website.




Here Lies Love Auditions


In October auditions are being held for Here Lies Love is a revolutionary musical experience from David Byrne (‘Talking Heads’) and Fatboy Slim. The deadline for applications is 3 October. For more information about the production click here.




Opera Australia, Singers, Schools Tour 2015 (New South Wales)


Opera Australia is seeking applications from opera singers for its 2015 New South Wales Schools Company, which will be touring Cinderella to primary schools around Sydney and regional NSW. Applications close 9 October. For more information visit the Opera Australia website.






ASPAH Symposium


The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) is holding a one-day symposium on 29 November at the University of Sydney. The theme is The Complete Performer: Turning evidence into practice, and will include presentations and workshops to provide health practitioners and performing artists with best-practice solutions to support the health and wellbeing of all performing artists. For more information visit the ASPAH website.  



National Radio Conference 2014

The 2014 National Radio Conference will be held in Melbourne on 17 October. The annual conference is a highlight for the Australian radio industry. For more information and to register to attend click here.



WAM Music Conference

The West Australian Music(WAM) Conference is being held 7 - 8 November 2014. For the full speaker line up and more information visit the WAM website.






Music Australia, Program Director


Music Australia is seeking to appoint a Program Director for a 12 month contract to work in our Sydney office. Applications close 31 October. For more information visit the Music Australia website.




Music Australia, Marketing & Program Coordinator


Music Australia is seeking to appoint a Marketing and Program Coordinator for a 12 month contract to work in our Sydney office. Applications close 24 October. For more information visit the Music Australia website.



APAM Marketing Manager

Brisbane Powerhouse is seeking to appoint a Marketing Manager to work on Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) 2016. Applications close 10 October. For more information visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website.



Pinchgut Opera, General Manager

Pinchgut Opera is seeking to appoint a General Manager for a part time position. Applications close 10 October. For more information and a position description email:




Tamworth Regional Council, Manager Country Music Unit


Tamworth Regional Council is seeking to appoint a Manager for their Country Music Unit. Applications close 6 October for more information click here.




The Michael Cassel Group, General Manager


The Michael Cassel Group, a producer of theatrical productions and live entertainment, is seeking a highly experienced and commercially focused person for this newly created role. Applications close 3 October. For more information click here.



Brisbane Festival, Business Development Manager

Brisbane Festival is seeking to appoint a Business Development Manager. Applications close 13 October.

For more information visit the festival website.



MLC School, Coordinator of Junior School Music

The MLC School is seeking to appoint a Coordinator of Junior School Music. Applications close 7 October.

For more information click here.




QMusic, Executive Officer


QMusic is seeking to appoint an Executive Officer. Applications close 8 October. For more information click here.



Arts Council England, Relationship Manager, Music

The Arts Council England is seeking to appoint a relationship manager of Music. In this key role you'll have a focus on building empowering and enduring relationships with a portfolio of funded organisations. Applications close 9 October.  For more information click here.



Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Chief Executive

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Chief Executive is seeking to appoint a Chief Executive. Applications close 3 October. For more information visit the Orchestra website.





Kent Music, Head of Teaching and Learning


Kent Music is seeking an experienced and motivated individual to take the lead on teaching and learning across Kent Music. Applications close 10 October. For more information click here.

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