We understand over 2,000 submissions have been made to the Senate Inquiry into Arts Budget impacts. A summary of ours is here, story below, and our full submission here. All submissions can progressively be read here.  Comments on draft guidelines to the new National Program for Excellence in the Arts are due by 31 July – send yours in now!  Meanwhile read a thoughtful article from composer and broadcaster Andrew Ford here.

In two weeks we host our first National Roundtable on Contemporary Music; meet our Organising Group here. More articles are on our Roundtable Resources page  covering the recording sector and investing in creators. Send your ideas to strengthen our contemporary music scene to us here – love to hear them.

On the same day, 6 August, we are also hosting a Community Groups Workshop and a Classical Futures Workshop. These have open invitations to attend – your input can strengthen our services for these sectors.

As always, share your news, and for more, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in music news from out there.
Chris Bowen CEO
Music Australia




Orchestras jump onto the streaming bandwagon

Google has started up a new Classical Live site that issues recordings from five leading orchestras including the NY Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Full story


Music Education Advocates applaud US Senate Decision

US Music Educators were delighted last week, after months of lobbying, when the US Senate decisively voted in favour of a bill which includes music and arts as a core subject. Full story





Music Australia: Arts budget decisions could hurt music sector

In our submission to the Senate Inquiry into arts budget impacts, Music Australia advocates that these decisions could adversely impact the calibre and reach of Australia’s music sector. We argue that a case for the new national funding program has not been made. Full story



QLD budget sets the stage for arts growth

Increased arts spending announced in the QLD budget arts will see major upgrades to QPAC, a boost to the arts grant funding pool, and the creation of a Queensland Arts Showcase program directed at the State’s performing arts sector. Full story



Invest in the Music Creator!

APRA AMCOS’s Dean Ormston makes a compelling case to invest in our songwriters and composers, a strategy that has propelled small Sweden to become one of the world’s top music exporters. Could we do the same? Read the full article in our journal or read summary news story

Government and the recording sector – the story so far

Building a thriving recorded music sector is a prerequisite for any successful music industry. As we examine ways to strengthen our sector, Shane Homan has summarised a 2012 report he wrote for the Australia Council, and reflects on what is needed next. Full story

 Canberra’s Ainslie + Gorman Art Centres Launch 

Boasting $1.5 million’s worth of renovations, including a new concert hall, Ainslie + Gorman Art Centres have relaunched. Full story

 Live Music Can Reduce Alcohol-Fuelled Aggression

According to Dr Anne Fox’s new study, more live music might be a key to reducing alcohol-related aggression. Full story

 Adelaide submits bid to become UNESCO City of Music

Adelaide hopes to join Bologna, Seville, Ghant and Glasgow as a UNESCO City of Music. Full story

Guitarist on government website earns $300,000?

A Federal Government webpage, suggesting that independent musicians can expect to earn $300,000 per year, caused controversy last week. We share some facts. Full story

Australians love guitars - over 200,000 sold last year

In the countdown to their Melbourne Guitar Show on 8 and 9 August, Australian Music Association has shared figures which show the guitar is a favourite amongst Australian music lovers. Full story



WASO appoints celebrated UK violinist Laurence Jackson

Laurence Jackson, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s newly announced concertmaster, is one of the most accomplished musicians to be appointed to an Australian orchestra. The prizewinning violinist takes up his new position in January 2016. Full story




‘Portfolio careers’ are increasingly the go in music

A three-year study called ‘Making Music Work’ is underway at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre to look into how careers in music increasingly consist of a portfolio of professional activities rather than one traditional job. Full story


Popeye gets symphonic treatment in music education app

Newly launched by the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra is a children’s educational app called Class of Classics that synchronises orchestral soundtracks with live TV broadcasts of Popeye cartoons. It’s an idea that could take off in other countries. Full story


Music:Count Us In! Launched and Funding Announced

We have now launched Music: Count Us In with a marvellous song, some great resources, and we’re delighted to announce our school music program has been funded for a further three years! Full story


Marcia Hines kicks off Music Motifs series

2015 music mentor, iconic Marcia Hines kicks off our Music Motifs, a series of behind-the-scenes clips from our school music program Music: Count Us In, designed to inspire students, teachers and parents. Watch the clip 




Join Australia’s biggest singing music camp

Vocalists & singing leaders of all levels are invited to the CMVic Singing Camp, one of Australia’s biggest community music events. Full story


Melbourne Music Bank Contest Returns

Bank of Melbourne has announced the second edition of its popular song contest, Melbourne Music Bank. Full story




Competitions & Awards



International Songwriting Competition (ISC) – Announces 2015 Judges

"The songwriting competition to take note of" heralds the New York Times - the ISC is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena.  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


National Indigenous Music Awards – this weekend

25 Jul
The NIMAS are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards and  have been celebrating Australian music for 11 years! Congratulations to all the finalists More details

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


Programs, Workshops & Masterclasses


Barkly Divas Workshop

Jul 30-1 Aug
Calling all Indigenous female singers, songwriters, rappers, musicians and performers from the Barkly region.  Barkly Divas is a three-day workshop for Indigenous females in the Barkly Region in who have a passion for music. More information

Australian Institute of Music Open Day

SYD: 8 Aug MEL: 15 Aug
FREE workshops, masterclasses, live performances & demos, course info, industry experts, AIM staff, alumni & current students. More details  

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

Global Allianz Junior Music Camp 2015

Nov 18-24
Ten young talented pianists up to 14 years from around the world (and a parent) will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Vienna to participate in the camp and perform music and work with world-acclaimed pianist Lang Lang. Applications close 31st August

Queensland Symphony Orchestra - A Day in the Orchestra program

2-3 Oct
A weekend of workshops and a performance for community instrumentalists from across Queensland resulting in the creation of the QSO Community Orchestra. More details


Conferences, Seminars & Events


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 details 

Little Big Sound

27 Jul
An offshoot of BIGSOUND, QMusic presents Little BIGSOUND,  a one-day forum for young people aged 15 - 25 looking to break into the music industry. For high school and university students, the event brings leading agents, record labels, bookers, artists, venue owners, recording studios and more to discuss the industry and how to build sustainable careers. Register now

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

31 Jul – 8 Aug
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with an extraordinary nine day program. More details  

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 details

SXSW Music 2016 - Artist applications now open

If you're pursuing music as your career, SXSW might be the place to reach the next rung of the ladder. Around 2,000 acts from numerous countries, a plethora of genres and in varying stages of their career perform each year. Apply now for your opportunity at SXSW 2016.

Newtown Festival – Entertainment Applications now open

Have you got a rocking band?  If you’re interested in performing on stage, or as a roving performer at Newtown Festival, artist applications are now open!  Click here to apply – entries close on the 31st July 2015.

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 now open

Essentially Ellington Teachers Conference 2015

8-9 Aug
Presented by the Jazz at Lincoln Centre in partnership with the Jazz Music Institute (JMI).  Led by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, teachers will get first-hand knowledge from the masters of jazz performance and education. Register here

APACA Conference – Mobilise, Creating Momentum

17-20 Aug
The Australian Performing Arts Centres Association’s 29th annual conference brings together members, colleague, policy makers, international and local key speakers. The new Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) for presenters and producers is the only national touring market for 2015. Register here

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 here

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. Register now 




Australian Online Music Institute National Music Scholarships

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

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Strings Fellowship extended

The Fellowship program is a full-time year-long commitment and successful candidates will need to be resident in Sydney during 2016. Applications close 23 Jul 2015

APRA|AMCOS Live Performance Returns

LPRs provide an important income stream and it’s your chance to get paid for playing live. Live Performance Returns are due 31 July. Submit yours now!

Registration cut off for PPCA’s current distribution is 31 August 2015

If you are an Australian recording artist whose music is being broadcast or publicly performed, or you hold the copyright in recordings that are receiving airplay, then you may be able to share in licence fees collected by PPCA. Register now

Creative Victoria – Music Works Grants

Support strategic professional development and career opportunities for Victorian contemporary music artists, musicians, performers and associated industry professionals. Applications close 12 Aug 2015 

MusicNSW 2015 Quick Response Grant Program

Planning on heading to Bigsound 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

The Seed – An Australian Arts Grant Fund – Applications closing soon

The Seed assists Australian artists from any background, creating art and music across any genre, to establish themselves as self-sustaining, professionals. Applications close 31st July

The Australia Council for the Arts Grants

Australia Council grants for 2015 has rounds closing on 1 September and 1 December 2015 and potential applicants are encouraged to contact Australia Council to seek guidance on formulating your proposal. The funding categories are:

  • Development Grants for Individuals and Groups – $5,000 – $25,000
  • Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups – $10,000 – $50,000
  • Arts Projects – Organisations – $10,000 to $150,000

Australia Council of the Arts - Peggy Glanville Hicks Residency

Applications are now open for the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Residency in 2016, and applications close 1 Sep 2015.  More details

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




The Young Music Society – Business Office Manager

The Business Office Manager is an energetic individual who can work in a flexible not-for-profit and small business environment, and has a passion for music education and/or the creative arts. More details  

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 - Artistic Administrator

The Artistic Administrator works closely with the Artistic Director, the General Manager and the Head of Operations and Artistic Planning. 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.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Associate Principal Cello

Applications close 3 Aug

Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Principal Bassoon

Applications close 4 Sep




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community.

Yamani – Voices of an Ancient Land - kuril dhagun State Library of Queensland, QLD

25 Jul
 A CD of contemporary songs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island languages to be launched by Senator Joanna Lindgren. More details 

OxJam – Various venues, NSW & VIC

Be part of the biggest month-long festival for good, and help Oxfam end global poverty. Funds from each gig will go to Oxfam. Join other music lovers and music makers to host your own gig, hit the stage or get your party on. More details

Melbourne Guitar Show, VIC

8-9 Aug
The 2015 MGS will showcase our best brands with a monster exhibition of electric and acoustic guitars, ukes, FX and amps, and much more. More details 

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  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • The Australian Government through the Dept of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
  • Clipper Property Group
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