We are hosting two top notch music panels in Sydney and Brisbane with our colleagues from The Live Music Office on 6 and 9 September. Live Music Frontiers explores how special the live music experience is, and how vital live music venues are as the backbone of the music industry. Get your free ticket now, and while there immerse yourselves in our partner events Sydney Fringe Festival, Brisbane’s BIGSOUND and King St Crawl.

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Independent Venue Week – celebrating UK live music

Sybil Bell is the visionary founder of a uniquely British music industry initiative called Independent Venue Week. Sybil will speak on our Live Music Frontiers Panels on 6 and 9 September in Sydney and Brisbane. Music Australia caught up with her in London earlier this year to discover more. Read our report here.



Australia holds firm to radio; internet listening surges ahead in the US

For the first time Americans are using the internet more than radio to discover new music, according to a new study by Edison Research. However, research in Australia shows that “radio is still an important source of new music discovery”. Full story





Nambour music community proposes live music pilot

Locals on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast have hatched an innovative plan to address regulatory hurdles that are hindering Nambour's vibrant live music scene. Full story


Something For Kate Music Matters Campaign

Something For Kate joins the Music Matters campaign with an animation focused on live music and touring. Full story

Abbey Road Institute Buys Studios 301

Abbey Road Institute, Sydney’s newest music education institution, has announced its acquisition of Studios 301. Full story


Evicted Sydney Studio Receives Council Support, Launches Petition

An inner city music studio, about to be evicted by Mirvac, has launched a petition calling for legislation forcing developers to support creative communities. Full story

Australian Acts Among Winners in Global Converse Competition

Four Australian acts have won a fortnight’s worth of recording time in two of the world’s best studios. Full story



Adelaide’s New Acoustically Designed Concert Hall is Launched

A new 200-seat concert hall with acoustics especially designed for chamber music has opened in the Adelaide Hills. Ngeringa Arts Cultural Centre, home for the annual Ngeringa Concert Series, is the initiative of businesswoman and philanthropist Ulrike Klein. Full story



Greta Bradman’s My Hero appeals across the classical-pop divide

Soprano Greta Bradman’s Decca release My Hero is becoming “the fastest selling and highest debuting classic album in the ARIA Chart”, and it achieved the unusual distinction of debuting at number 11 on the Australian pop charts. Full story




Celebrating School Music our way - Music: Count Us In!

Together with our two thousand plus schools, we celebrate our Music: Count Us In program’s 9th year in fine style - with fantastic events all over the country at our National Celebration Day – on Thursday 29 October. Full story


Watoto Children’s Choir in Australia advocating for orphaned children

Eighteen members of the remarkable Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda have been travelling on a five-month natonal tour that finishes in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt in September. Each has lost one or both parents to AIDS. Full story


Music Motifs #4 - behind-the-scenes from our school music program

Marcia Hines, our Music: Count Us In Mentor talks about her experience with this year’s song writing workshop; the development ground for this year’s song, Gold. Marcia talks about her interactions with the songwriting team and her insights into working with young people. Full story




CBAA Conference Coming Up in November

The 2015 Community Broad Association of Australia’a Conference is promising three-action packed days of panel discussions, workshops and hands-on sessions. Full story


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra September Family Jam

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s second family jam for 2015 will feature the music of George Gershwin. Full story




Competitions, Awards, Resources



International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

"The songwriting competition to take note of" heralds the New York Times - the mission of this annual song contest is to provide opportunities for aspiring and established songwriters. Over $150,000 in cash and prizes to be won. More information

UC-Vision Song Contest

The University of Canberra is running the inaugural UC-Vision Song Contest, an international competition for unsigned songwriters and songs. More information


2015 APRA Professional Development Awards Applications now open

PDA’s, provide assistance for up and coming songwriters to gain cash and recognition in the early stages of their careers. Apply now  


Music and Copyright Guide

The Australian Copyright Council’s Music and Copyright guide new e-pub is a plain English guide, and an essential tool for anyone composing, songwriting, performing, recording or publishing music. It tells you what you need to know to make copyright work for you! Great value at $30. Available here


Programs, Workshops, Masterclasses


New Music Network Workshop Series – Getting new music out there

6 Sep
How do you turn your new music idea into a reality? Find out from cutting edge and award-winning new music artists and industry experts in half-day workshops. More information


Musical Futures FREE Songwriting workshops for teachers

Music Australia in partnership with Musical Futures Australia is offering a FREE nationwide program of Songwriting for Teachers in 2015. More details


Telstra Road to Discovery – Masterclass series

Telstra Road to Discovery 2015 opened entries on Monday July 13. For 13 years, Telstra Road has been discovering, educating and fostering emerging independent and unsigned Australian songwriters. More details


Conferences, Seminars, Events


Amplified +

3 Sep
Music Tasmania and Junction Arts Festival have announced showcasing acts to perform as part of Amplified+. Offering live performance opportunities for Tasmanian artists to access new festival audiences and connect with visiting music industry professionals. More information


Live Music Frontiers

6 Sep Sydney Brisbane, 9 Sep Brisbane
Panel discussions examining the state of play of the live music sector. Erskineville Town Hall Sydney on Sunday at 3pm. Judith Wright Centre Brisbane in association with BIGSOUND on Tuesdy at 3pm. Free but seats are limited and booking is essential.
More information

Big Sound – Kicks off next week with 101 New Influencers, Thought Leaders & Party Animals

9-11 Sep
Australia's no. 1 music industry gathering. BIGSOUND is where the world discovers Australian music. Its 14th incarnation in 2015 promises to deliver a rich atmosphere of innovation and togetherness - defining its place in the international music industry calendar. More information


Sydney Fringe Festival

1-30 Sep
Now in its sixth year the Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW. More information

Cultural Infusion – Culture Talk with Julian Burnside

9 Sep
Talk Topic: Asylum Seekers: The culture we cannot afford to lose. More information


ANATS QLD - Singing Futures: Pedagogies, Practices and the Digital Age

24-27 Sep
The conference includes a range of topics related to pedagogies, practices and future opportunities to be covered in leading keynote addresses, panel discussions, papers and masterclasses. More information


Arts Access Australia presents Meeting Place 2015

23 Oct
Meeting Place 2015 brings people interested in arts and disability together to generate real conversations, explore the distinctive nature of the sector and share brilliant artistic work. More information


The Council for Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences - CHASS

15-16 Oct

CHASS is inviting registrations for its 2015 National Forum Inspiring a Creative Australia. At Woodward Conference Centre, University of Melbourne. A special members rate is also available for Music Australia members. More information


Face the Music Conference

13-14 Nov
Melbourne music city’s own contemporary music summit, Face The Music, returns in November for its eighth annual conference. More information


32nd ISME World Conference & Commission Seminars CALL FOR PRESENTERS

24-29 Jul 2016
In an increasingly globalised and technologised world, paradigms for the educating of the professional musician need to be reviewed and issues discussed. The deadline for submissions to the 32nd ISME World Conference and Commission Seminars is October 31, 2015. More information


SXSW Music 2016 - Artist applications now open

SXSW, the world’s biggest music market and conference, can - if right for you - be the place to reach the next rung of the ladder. 2,000 acts from numerous countries, and a plethora of genres perform each year. Apply now for your opportunity at SXSW 2016.


Australian Songwriters conference

10-13 Jun 2016
The ASC focuses on the craft and business of songwriting and attracts writers from across Australia and internationally. Registrations are now open


ASME National Conference: Adelaide

30 Sep – 2 Oct
Conference theme - Music: Educating for Life
ASME 2015 highlights the formal and non-formal value of music learning. Includes keynote speakers (Richard Gill OAM, Katie Wardrobe and Professor Graham Welch), workshops from leading educators, performances, and a young composers component. Registrations and information


Electronic Music Conference

1-2 Dec
Founded in 2012, Sydney’s annual electronic music conference is Asia-Pacific’s premier electronic music industry event. Special Guest this year is iconic  DJ Carl Cox. Music Australia members will receive an industry discount on tickets - . just enter your membership number at checkout.  Purchase tickets

TUTTI 2016: 18th National Conference of Orff Schulwerk

Jan 2016
This is a conference for music educators working in schools, colleges, child care, tertiary education or music therapy. More information




City of Sydney - Oxford Street Creative Spaces Program

Are you a Sydney based creative, maker or artist looking for retail or office space? City of Sydney’s  Creative Spaces Oxford Street Expression of Interest is now open. Apply now


Australia Council grants for 2015-2016

The national funding body has announced its revised funding program, affected by cuts to its 2015-2016 budget. A four year organisational program is now being offered, closing 1 December. The published December grant round will be cancelled. There will now be two core grant rounds, the next in February 2016. Details in a statement on their website. 


RELEASE - The Business of Independent Label Management Calling for applications from Australia & New Zealand

RELEASE, the dynamic five stage program designed to assist independent label owners from Australia and New Zealand grow their businesses, is now calling for applications. Applications close 25 September

The Smoky Dawson Foundation

The Smoky Dawson Foundation provides grants to young Australian performers and we have just announced a new round specifically for aspiring QLD singer songwriters. Applications close 15 September. More information

Grant McLennan Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2015 Grant McLennan Fellowship, jointly funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and The Australasian Performing Right Association - Australasian Mechanical Copyright-Owners Society (APRA AMCOS). More information


Australian Online Music Institute National Music Scholarships to Study Music

Scholarships will be offered in Certificate II, II and IV in Music on both a full-time and part-time basisApplications close 18th Sep 2015

APRA|AMCOS extends funding for Art Music with three new initiatives

Three new funding opportunities were recently launched by APRA AMCOS to provide much needed support for classical, jazz and experimental composers. Keep an eye out on the APRA|AMCOS website for updates of when grant applications will be available. More information


MusicNSW 2015 Quick Response Grant Program

Planning on heading to  Face The Music / AWME / EMC this year? Need some $$$ to cover your flights and accommodation? This program supports musicians and artist managers to develop export opportunities at Australian industry conferences, trade fairs and other events in 2015, such as Bigsound, Face the Music, Electronic Music Conference and AWME. Applications are now open


DFAT - Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

DFAT’s cultural diplomacy strategy aims to engage overseas audiences through the delivery of high-quality and innovative arts and cultural promotions. More details




City Recital Hall – Chief Executive Officer

Contact Maria Sykes +61 448 036274 or email for more information.


Australian Youth Orchestra – Patrons Manager

This role is ideal for a passionate relationship manager with exceptional organisation and communication skills, a love of music and desire to support the next generation of creative talent. More information.


Opera Australia – Operations Coordinator

Opera Australia is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Operations Coordinator to work with Opera Australia’s Major Projects department with focus on Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2016. More details.

Australian Chamber Orchestra - Principal Viola

Applications are invited for the above full-time salaried position. The Australian Chamber Orchestra has an annual season of over eighty performances throughout Australia as well as a regular overseas touring schedule.  More details.


Australian Youth Orchestra – Live & Recorded Auditions

Visit the website for application details.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – Principal First Violin

Applications are sought from musicians of outstanding ability. More information 




From Hell to Paradise: 750 Years with Dante Elm Tree House - South Yarra, VIC

9 Sep

Music, poetry readings and talks to mark the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri
A FREE event but booking are essential -


Library Love Songs – Sydney, NSW

16 Sept
Self-confessed museophiliac (not a real word), book lover and musician, Maxine Kauter, will take you on a journey through the history of public libraries through the eyes of those who love them. Tickets are free. Book tickets


Bush Bands Bash - Alice Springs, NT

5 Sep
The biggest Aboriginal desert music concert is back in its 12th year, bringing thousands of music lovers together for a cultural celebration of foot-stomping desert music from the best bands from across the Central Desert region. More information


Moorambilla Voices Gala Concert  - Dubbo Regional Theatre, NSW

19 Sep
Join us for an evening of creativity and excellence as we celebrate ten fabulous years of Moorambilla Voices! To confirm your attendance, please email Dayle Murray and advise how many seats you would like to be reserved:

Sebastian Bach – National tour

19-27 Sep
Known as the Original Voice of SKID ROW, Sebastian Bach is one of the finest front men to come out of the late 80’s / early 90s. More information

Australian Shakuhachi Society Festival

2-5 October
Redlands Performing Arts Centre Cleveland, Queensland. More information

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