I write this heading into my fourth week as CEO of Music Australia and have noted immediately the ambitious scope of the organisation, and the enormous goodwill we receive from so many partner organisations and individuals. 

I have spent my life in music, firstly studying as a composer, then working as a marketing director at EMI Music and Universal Music in London in the 1990s, then working as Director of Marketing & Development at Musica Viva, and more recently as an entertainment management educator in private colleges. To work for an organisation which advocates for all these areas of music, commercial, non-profit and educational is a great privilege.

Looking at the E-News stories in this edition gives me great optimism for the future. Both major parties have released dedicated music policies which affirm the importance of our industry, and the resurgence of recorded music, particularly the local industry, shows how successfully enormous change is being managed. I look forward to working with my colleagues and partner organisations to progress our collective agenda.

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Paul Saintilan
CEO, Music Australia





Classical Innovators Head to Rotterdam in May

Brisbane pianist Belle Chen and Sydney arts administrator Simonette Turner have been selected as Fellows at this year’s Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam in May. They are part of an impressive contingent of Australians who will be attending this international event. Full story



Vancouver’s Path - Leading Music on Main Concert Series

Vancouver’s Music on Main is a leading indie classical music concert series that runs a particularly wide and audience friendly program. Percussionist Claire Edwardes is artist-in-residence there this year, and other Australians have formed connections with the series. Full story





Recorded Music on the Rise

Two recent reports demonstrate the resurgence of the recorded music sector. ARIA confirmed outstanding growth figures for the local market and the IFPI’s Global Music Report highlighted the stronger international outlook. Full story



Australian Federal Election Update

With the Federal election date now set for May 18, both major parties have released dedicated music policies that commit around $30 million in new funding spread over their elected term. Music Australia applauds both parties for taking music seriously and increasing funding. We compare and contrast their policy statements. Full story



Tasmania Wrests the Music Theatre Crown in New Festival

The inaugural Australian Musical Theatre Festival, which runs in Launceston in May, has a strong educational focus. Over its four days, a series of workshops and masterclasses is being offered to students and emerging professionals in music theatre. Full story



Green Music Australia Launches ‘BYO Bottle Festivals and Venues’ Campaign

Many musicians want to reduce their environmental impact but don’t know where to start, so to help Green Music Australia has launched a new campaign called ‘BYO Bottle Festivals and Venues’, which aims to reduce or eliminate single use plastic waste in music festivals and venues. Full story





Jack River is the 2019 Music: Count Us In Mentor

Music: Count Us In (MCUI), Australia’s largest school music advocacy and participation program, is thrilled to announce Jack River as the music mentor for 2019. Each year, MCUI helps over 745,000 students schools across the country participate in music education by providing resources and skills development opportunities for teachers. Full story




A Front Runner in School Based Music Education: Topology

After starting as a pilot program in 2013, SongMakers has mentored students at dozens of secondary schools around Australia in song writing and recording. Run by APRA AMCOS, it has developed partnership with JMC Academy and Tasmania’s Department of Education. Full story




Music Teacher Mentoring Program Underway in Victoria

After starting as a pilot program in 2013, SongMakers has mentored students at dozens of secondary schools around Australia in song writing and recording. Run by APRA AMCOS, it has developed partnership with JMC Academy and Tasmania’s Department of Education. Full story




Refugees’ Stories Through Song: No Borders Music

The responsibilities that private or studio based teachers need to afford to students in terms of ensuring their safety and protection are a matter of paramount importance. We look at issues to be aware of and what constitutes best practice. 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


Upcoming Awards and Competitions:

Gympie Music Muster Talent Search
Applications close 17 May 
Gympie Music Muster is on the search for the next big name to hit Main Stage! Muster Talent Search is open to juniors (12-17 years) and anyone over 18.

Young Composer Award

Applications close 2 June
An annual competition providing young composers the opportunity to have their work performed and recorded for future broadcast.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

MusicNT Bush Bands Program

Applications close 11 June
Are you a member of, or know of a band from a remote Indigenous community that are keen to hone their musical and performance skills, gain industry knowledge and perform in front of thousands of people?

Starting Ground

30 April – 2 May, Kalgoorlie
APRA AMCOS and WAM in collaboration with Tjuma Pulka Aboriginal Media Corporation, are bringing the successful Starting Ground workshop for Aboriginal musicians to WA for the first time.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Festival and Conference Opportunities:


Albury Wodonga Arts & Culture Festival EOI
Applications close 8 May

A festival inspired by the unique properties of its location - two cities, two states, divided by the Murray River. They are seeking expressions of interest from artists to create immersive and exciting festival experiences which stimulate curiosity, creativity and a vibrant community spirit.

Make Music Day

21 June, Various Locations
Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on the same day. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Make Music Day encourages both amateur and professional music making, and empowers individuals to seek out ways to celebrate and express music in their community.

Aspire International Youth Music Festival

17 – 20 July, Gold Coast
A world renowned youth music festival, fostering a culture of musical excellence and international connectedness, raising the aspirations of all students who take part.




Applications closing soon for these Funding opportunities:

Community Heritage Grants

Applications close 6 May
Up to $15,000 is available for not-for-profit community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups.

AMP Tomorrow Fund

Applications close 27 May
The AMP Tomorrow Fund is once again offering $1M in grants to amazing Australians doing great things – including musicians and music champions.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Box Hill Institute, Academic Course Manager in Music Business

Applications close 10 May
The Academic Course Manager in Music Business leads the design, development, delivery and evaluation of innovative, customised, high quality vocational education and training for BHI students and clients.

Music NT, Indigenous Music Development Officer
Applications close 13 May

Music NT are seeking applications to join our team in a part-time capacity (25 hours a week), providing administrative and other support for Indigenous music programs.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

13 - 25 May, City Recital Hall, Sydney
One piano and four hands seamlessly create a ‘20-Finger Orchestra’, delivering a vibrant fusion of music and visual art. Music Australia E-News Subscribers save 20% off all tickets with promo code ZOFO20 when booking online.

Concert: Music of the Oud: Joseph Tawadros with the Sydney Symphony
21 June, Online
Joseph Tawadros is one of Australian music’s most impressive and charismatic figures: a composer, improviser, storyteller and a brilliant exponent of the oud, the Egyptian lute. Classically trained on this king of Middle Eastern instruments, Tawadros’s virtuoso technique and curiosity have brought him into contact with the worlds of jazz, classical and world traditions to create music that transcends labels and shatters borders. The concert will be live streamed via this link on Make Music Day on 21 June.


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