Welcome to our second last e-news for 2019, in which we focus on:

  • The ABC Q&A episode ‘The Power Of Music’ and what it had to say about music education;
  • The experience of isolation often felt by private and studio music teachers and the range of networking and professional development opportunities that are currently available;
  • The increase in projects being pursued by musicians to combat climate change and environmental damage;
  • The Songbirds songwriting workshops for inmates in Sydney prisons run by NSW’s Community Restorative Centre;
  • The Festival of Small Halls which tours folk musicians through smaller regional destinations around Australia;
  • The summer program of orchestral outdoor concerts;
  • Caroline Almonte’s career as a prize winning performer and educator.
Music: Count Us In reaches its culmination next Thursday 7th November, with Celebration Day, where the program song written by school students will be performed by over 1,000 students on the foreshore at Surfers Paradise. This is part of a 30 minute program that will be live-streamed by Music Australia at 12.00pm AEDT from here.
Note also:
  • The World Symposium on Choral Music is taking place in Auckland, New Zealand, next year from 11 to 18 July;
  • For those interested in the theme of gender equality in the music industry (which was a theme at Music Australia’s last industry Roundtable), a report has recently been published into the UK music industry, which is available here.
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Paul Saintilan
CEO, Music Australia





Climate Change, The Environment and Music

With Climate Change politics heating up, we thought it was time to check in on environmental activism in music. Many musicians are passionate about environmental protection, and music related environmental initiatives are multiplying rapidly. Full story





Bring On The Summer: Outdoor Orchestral Concerts

Outdoor concerts can be uniquely effective community music events that bring classical music to wider audiences. We take a look at innovations in this sector and see what is on offer from Australia’s main orchestras this summer. Full story



Caroline Almonte Recognised For Pianistic Excellence

Winner of the Excellence in Classical Music Award in this year’s AWMAs, Caroline Almonte has been recognised as one of Australia’s foremost concert pianists. We survey her career achievements, including her notable contribution to music education. Full story





MCUI Celebration Day 2019: The Song That Stops The Nation

“The songs have now become part of a generation, creating memories and moments that the kids cherish”. Hear from Surfers Paradise school teacher Susannah Callaghan as local schools gear up to host our 2019 Music: Count Us In Celebration Day live stream! Full story




The Power Of Music Education

The Q&A episode ‘The Power Of Music’ on ABC TV generated some serious discussion on the subject of music education. Panellists Jonathon Welch particularly criticised the amount of training in music that teachers receive in their teaching degrees. Full story




Professional Development Opportunities For Studio Music Teachers

A problem often facing private and studio music teachers can be the feeling of being professionally isolated. Networking and professional development opportunities are valuable, and we take a look at a range of offerings that are currently available. Full story




Songwriting On The inside: Songbirds’ Prison Workshops

NSW’s Community Restorative Centre (CRC) runs an innovative series of songwriting workshops for called Songbirds for inmates in Sydney prisons. We interview its coordinator, Murray Cook, to find out more about the project and its first publicly released CD. Full story



Taking Country Music To The Regions: Festival of Small Halls

Festival of Small Halls is touring project that brings folk musicians to smaller regional destinations around Australia. Run by Woodfordia Inc, its producer is Eleanor Rigden. We speak with her to find out more about this innovative festival. Full story


Music Australia Member Discounts & Giveaways!  

Electronic Music Conference
13 - 17 November, Sydney
Diving into the opportunities, needs and challenges of the new decade ahead, EMC 2019 will deeply explore forthcoming technology, new disruptions, and the systematic changes that will alter the way we work, model our businesses, collaborate and create our music and art. Music Australia Members receive 20% discount off EMC tickets, contact us to get your code now! 

Liam Gallagher: As It Was
Presenting at the British Film Festival Australia from 29 October, Liam Gallagher: As It Was is a revealing and entertaining expedition from the wilderness of booze and legal battles to his attempt to stage the greatest comeback in rock history. We have 3 x double pass to giveaway, simply email with your full name and address by 4pm 31 October.

Pavarotti by Ron Howard
To celebrate the release of the documentary, Pavarotti, we have 5 x double passes up for grabs to see it in cinemas nationwide thanks to Madman Entertainment. Featuring rare interviews and never-before-seen footage, this documentary reveals the man behind the icon. Simply email with your full name and address by 4pm 31 October.

Not yet a member? Sign up yourself or your organisation here




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.

To share an Opportunity send us an email. 


Competitions & Awards


Upcoming Awards and Competitions:

National Leadership Award

Applications close 4 November
The $10,000 AAA National Leadership Award aims to recognise and support new and emerging leaders in the arts who identify as being Deaf or disabled.

ARIA Awards 

27 November, Sydney 
The ARIAs is the flagship event on the Australian music calendar - a celebration of all that is great in local music.  


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

JMC Brisbane, Speaking Event

6 November, Brisbane
An evening of in-depth conversation with Andrew Scheps as he delves into the stories of his incredible career as a music producer and mix engineer; from his early days working with the Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

QMusic Hookup
7 November, Brisbane
The final QMusic Hookup for 2019 will be held in collaboration with street art collective The Culprit Club and see musicians, artists and bands have the opportunity to meet local graphic artists and designers over pizza and refreshments.

MusicNSW Sound Advice - Planning Your Next Event
10 November, Newcastle
Are you in need of a release plan for your next EP, album or single? ArowAgency’s Tamara Georgopoulos and Elizabeth Browne (Bad Pony, Lupa J, Sam Phay, No Frills Twins, Club Yorke) and Mel Cheng from One Louder (Alex the Astronaut, Paul Kelly, Ball Park Music) will give you the lowdown on how to plan for your next release. 


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Festival and Conference Opportunities:


Teaching Music Online in Higher Education Conference 2020

May 14 – 16, 2020 (Melbourne, Victoria)
Researchers, practitioners, and graduate students interested, and/or engaged in how to teach or perform music online, and best practices for teaching and performing music online are invited to join in the conversations and/or present their researcher in the area.

WOMADelaide Festival

6 – 9 March, 2020, Adelaide
50 wonderful acts, 6 intimate venues, kids’ festival, koori camp, market stalls, poets breakfast, session bar with craft beer, street performers, singing, dancing & instrument workshops.




Applications closing soon for these Funding opportunities:

City of Sydney Accommodation Grants
Applications 14 November
City of Sydney invites applications from organisations that would like to operate a business innovation space for the tech startup sector at 180 George Street, Circular Quay.

With One Voice Grants
Applications close 19 November
To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Creativity Australia is offering grants of up to $10,000 to people or groups who are wanting to start their own With One Voice choir.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Adelaide Festival, Executive Director

Applications close 15 November
The Executive Director will be a collaborative leader who will develop a dynamic partnership with the Artistic Directors, providing inspiring strategic and cultural leadership, excellent philanthropic and commercial outcomes, and sophisticated stakeholder management.

Gondwana Choirs, Artistic Director
Applications close 18 November

The Artistic Coordinator plays a crucial role in the day to day operations of their busy organisation, managing a roster of conductors, pianists and guest artists for over 20 weekly rehearsals and performances throughout the year.


The Live Remuneration Survey
Entries close 13 November

The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) has partnered with major contemporary music bodies (like us!) to launch an in-depth survey on live music remuneration. The Live Remuneration Survey aims to understand the dynamics of performer income, the conditions under which artists are paid and whether additional costs such as travel, parking, accommodation or rehearsals are taken into account. It will also look at what percentage of artists have superannuation, income protection insurance or public liability insurance.  

Chris O'Brien Lifehouse - Music in Health Volunteers Call Out
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is looking for Live Music Volunteers to join their music in health program, that is supported by the Goodridge Family Foundation, to provide high quality live music in various public locations throughout the hospital. Over the years they have had visiting musicians at Lifehouse and  they are looking to establish a cohort of regular live music volunteers. Their program is based on the award-winning music therapy volunteers’ program at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Skride Piano Quartet
4 & 9 November, City Recital Hall, Sydney
A new classical supergroup of four leading European soloists play the great piano quartets with effortless joy and endless invention. Save 20% off full-priced tickets with the code SKRIDE20 when booking online.

Robyn Archer: The (Other) Great American Songbook
21 November, City Recital Hall, Sydney
Relive the best of American music this November with Robyn Archer’s The (Other) Great American Songbook, a portrait of American life featuring everything from music by Stephen Foster, Rodgers and Hart, Bob Dylan, P!nk and the odd Broadway hit. Receive 10% off Standard tickets when you book using the promo code ‘ROBYN10’!

Australian Chamber Choir Presents Keys to Heaven
3 – 24 November, Geelong, Macedon, Brighton, Sydney, Middle Park
Directed by Douglas Lawrence. Allegri's Miserere and music by Palestrina and Josquin aspired to give listeners an idea what it would be like to be transported to heaven. It still does! In the last ten years, the singers of the Australian Chamber Choir have won unqualified praise in the mainstream press for their “exciting sound”, “as pure as crystal”, with “absolute stylistic perfection”. Music Australia E-News Subscribers get a 10% discount on tickets by entering the code MUSAUS when booking.


Key Supporters 

  • The Australian Government through the Department of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
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