A big hooray for music education went right around the country on 30 October when half a million students in over 2,000 schools united in song as part of our Music Count Us In program. Huge thanks to everyone involved including 850 ACT students who descended on Parliament House to perform in the National Capital. Check out the Canberra photos here.

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Greg Sandow on the new model and the old model

US commentator Greg Sandow gave a recent talk at a conference in Spain where he laid out his theories for keeping classical and other arts relevant and engaged. He argues for arts that are integral to and part of daily life, as distinct from separate and venerated experiences. He feel the old model  excludes music of our time and potential audiences and is not sustainable. For Sandow the new model fits our current culture, is more inclusive and reflective of contemporary realities. You can ready his full talk in a slide show format here.



Rounding Up the Pirates

A third founder of copyright infringing music site Pirate Bay, Fredrik Neij, has been captured by police in Thailand. This follows two other founders who have also been detained in recent years. The three were found guilty of copyright infringement by a Swedish court in 2009, but appeals were drawn out, and they went on the run. For a decade the still operating website has been notorious for permitting access to music regardless of copyright protection.

Read full Complete Music Update report here.




Streaming Revenues Booming but Artists not Happy


Music publisher Kobalt has announced that for the first time streaming revenues from Spotify are higher than iTune downloads. CEO Willard Ahdritz is quoted by CNet as saying "Spotify is paying out a lot of money.”  Yet this came in the same week that Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify, citing the need for increased valuing of artists’ work, and in The Wire US artist Aloe Blacc noted that a song he co-wrote, streamed 168 million times, netted him only $4,000 from the largest digital service. Ahdritz says “The problem is the pipes are broken” with massive database challenges and a real need for more transparency and communication with artists.





G20 Cultural Program – Music Sector Boost

Free music is everywhere in the northern capital in the lead up to this week’s G20 Leader’s Summit. The three week program, designed to showcase Brisbane’s best and activate city spaces, concludes this week after presenting some 50 acts across multiple genres. As Brisbane Times reported, the State government funded program has not been without controversy at a time of arts funding cutbacks, but no doubt is a welcome boost to local musicians with dozens of bands appearing on the bill. Program details here.



ARIA Singles Chart to Incorporate Streaming

ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) has announced that, from 24 November, audio streaming will be factored into the Official ARIA Singles Chart. “The music industry has significantly changed in regards to how music is discovered, consumed and sold,” CEO Dan Rosen said in a media statement. “Over the past two years, audio streaming has grown at such a rapid rate, that it was only logical that we integrate audio streaming into the Official ARIA Singles Chart.”




Kings Cross IGNITE: Heat the Street Live Music Festival


The Kings Cross live music scene will received a much-needed boost on 23 November, when free festival IGNITE: Heat the Street comes to town. Organised by The Live Music Office, the City of Sydney and APRA AMCOS, and curated by Louis Schoorl, the event will form part of ARIA Week. 40 acts will perform across ten venues, with new hotspot The X Studio taking centre-stage. The festival is the second pilot of the Live Music Office’s Live and Local template, which will be rolled out across Australia to support live music and sector development.



National Jazz Awards

26-year-old guitarist Carl Morgan took home first prize in the National Jazz Awards at the 25th Wangaratta Jazz Festival, held 31 October-2 November. He received $12,000 in cash, a studio recording session for ABC Classic FM’s Jazztrack and an invitation to perform at the 2015 Stonnington Jazz Festival. Carl, who hails from the South Coast, studied at the ANU, before moving to Sydney in 2009. His debut album, Stone, was launched in 2012.



Gotye and The Basics To Run in the Victorian Election

Victoria now has its first official Rock ‘n’ Roll Party. Wally de Backer (a.k.a. Gotye) and his trio The Basics (made up of Tim Heath and Kris Schroeder) have registered in time for the 29 November state elections, after pulling together the 500 signees necessary.

In the meantime, The Arts Party, which is committed to a more creative, cultured Australia, will host a meeting in Sydney on 16 November.




To Survive, Orchestras Need to Articulate Their Case


Peter Tregear, Professor of the ANU’s School of Music, writes in The Conversation that symphony orchestras and opera companies “can no longer rely on a presumption of government support”. Prompted by the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic loss of council funding, and likelihood that it “may also lose State Government support”, he says that classical music organisations like it are inherently conservative but they need to better articulate “the case for preserving our intangible cultural heritage”. Tregear says they enhance society by equipping us with cultural memory. 



Time to Recognise Regional Arts

Lindy Hume, Artistic Director of Opera Queensland, says it’s time to take regional arts seriously and stop thinking that participation and excellence in the arts is confined to our cities. In articles for ArtsHub and AMPAG, she implores people to stop talking down regional arts and recognise the fast growth of creative participation among regional Australians. She says that through the efforts of many Major Performing Arts companies working in regional and remote communities that, “we are reimagining the metro-centricity of the national cultural landscape”.



Church Music Summer School for Brisbane

Brisbane’s Graeme Morton has just put the finishing touches to the program for the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) Australia summer school to be held in Brisbane from 3 – 10 January. The school will include short courses and workshops, and performances for adults and school students. Information and enquiries here.


Music Talks get serious about digital rights


Our digital rights sessions kick off this week in Melbourne on Friday, and next week we’re in Brisbane on Tuesday and Sydney on Wednesday. With the Government active in the online copyright infringement space, these copyright seminars are geared to artists and their representatives, to better understand these complex issues.

Details below, and you can read our run down on copyright issues here.

The Music, The Artist and The Internet - the latest in digital rights - Melbourne

Presented by Music Australia and Face the Music
2.40 – 3.40pm, Fri 14 November 2014, The Arts Centre Melbourne

This lively discussion brings together users, artists and experts to look at the future of digital music rights in Australia. From the latest developments for composers and right holders, to artists wanting to know more about sampling to media and users who want to understand fair dealing, we've got you covered.

  • Nick Jones - Tone Deaf: Moderator
  • Vanessa Hutley - General Manager, Music Rights Australia
  • Frank Rodi - Deputy Director Writer Services, APRA AMCOS
  • Ben O'Hara - Head of Music Business, Box Hill Institute / Business Writer,
This session is open to delegates to the Face the Music conference. Registration is essential.

Music Copyright - The Artist and The Internet - Brisbane and Sydney

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.
Brisbane Session  6 – 8pm, Tues 18 November 2014, River City Labs
Presented by Music Australia in association with QMusic 

  • Chris O’Neill – Chair, APRA/AMCOS
  • Vanessa Hutley – General Manager, Music Rights Australia
  • Rick Chazan – Manager, GROUNDCONTROL Music Management (AUS)
  • Matt McCormick – McCormick Lawyers
This session is free to attend, bookings are essential.  Register to Attend
Sydney Session 4 – 6pm Wed 19 November 2014, Erskineville Town Hall
Presented by Music Australia in association with Music NSW
  • 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 Australia  

Wonderful Aussie Documentary - ground-breaking music education program


In 2013 a film crew followed Michelle Leonard as she travelled over 3,500km across rural and remote NSW for Moorambilla Voices, one of the only cultural experiences available to remote, regional and Indigenous children across central north—western NSW. Outback Choir, the story of Moorambilla Voices, will be broadcast nationally on ABC1 on Sunday 30 November, 7.30PM. Live outdoor screenings will be shown at Perth Cultural Centre and Melbourne’s Federation Square. Watch a preview of Outback Choir here


Risk-taking is important in children’s musical development

Trials by researchers at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education are showing that risk-taking and not being afraid to fail are essential in children’s ability to compose and improvise music. The trials, at UK secondary schools, consist of children performing live in front of an audience using Sonic Pi open source live-coding software that turns Rasperry Pi computers into customisable musical instruments. By encouraging and rewarding the user to take “smart risks”, the researchers say that this new teaching model has the potential to transform music education.


West Australian Symphony Orchestra starts El Sistema program

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is adopting Venezuela’s famed El Sistema music education program. It initiated a pilot program by providing singing lessons at three Perth primary schools: Medina Primary School, North Parmelia Primary School and Kwinana Christian School. In 2016, the program is expected to expand to string instrument tuition. Meanwhile Sistema Australia’s director, Christopher Nicholls, says he is currently working on a new and more sustainable development to roll out El Sistema-based teaching across Australia. Watch this space.




Victoria Makes Music Secures Funding for Street Sounds

Victoria Makes Music will launch its second major project, Street Sounds, in 2015, thanks to grants from Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and RE Ross Trust. Over the course of three years, at least ten community street bands will be established, culminating in a 2017 Street Band Festival. Anyone, regardless of age, ability, instrument or training, is invited to join in. The bands will form a network, enabling the sharing of songs, experience and leadership skills.


Welcome Group’s Music Program for Refugees Seeks Support

The Welcome Group, which assists refugees in Victorian communities, is looking for support for its Share the Music program. Three goals are on the agenda: providing access to musical instruments, providing musical mentoring and organising fundraising events. Any form of assistance is welcomed, be it teaching or leadership skills; donations of money, time or instruments; or a willingness to act as a ‘singing buddy’. Professional experience isn’t a criterion. Email


Dates Announced for Treetops Music Camp 2015

Community Music Victoria has announced that the next edition of Treetops Music Camp will be held 24-26 April 2015 at the Treetops Scout Camp, 140 Royal Parade, Riddells Creek, Victoria. The Treetops Music Camp is one of Australia’s biggest community music festivals, welcoming instrumentalists, singers and composers of all abilities, genres, skill levels, experience and tastes. Follow developments and stay in touch at Community Music Victoria’s Facebook page.


Music For Change Turns One

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia is forming a new Sydney-based choir, for people who have experienced a stroke. It hopes to provide therapy and support for individuals having trouble with communication, going through depression and/or feeling unmotivated. There may also be an opportunity to take part in a research project, examining the impact of singing on stroke patients. At present, choir rehearsals are expected to take place in the Ryde area on Wednesday nights, from 19 November. Contact Kate Tabain on 02 4736 0240 or at







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.



Arts NT Quick Response Scheme

Applications are open for Arts NT Quick Response Scheme, offering up to $1500 per grant to a max of $2000 per financial year to access arts and cultural opportunities as they arise. At least 50% of the total budget for the activity must come from sources other than Arts NT. For more information click here.




PPCA & OzCo Recording Grant


PPCA is partnering again with the Australia Council to offer a series of $15,000 grants, which will assist Australian artists with new sound recordings. Successful applicants of the 2013 grants included Courtney Barnett, The Grigoryan Brothers, Lance Ferguson (from The Bamboos), Ben Salter and Ainslie Wills. Applications close 25 November. For more information visit the Australia Council website.


Competitions and Awards




La Macina di San Cresci Residency


Applications are open for the La Macina di San Cresci artists residency program in Tuscany, Italy. Applications are open year round. For more information click here.




Santander International Piano Competition - Madrid


Registrations for this International Piano Competition are open until 10 December 2014. The competition, showcases young pianists from all over the world, with an international Jury headed by American pianist and conductor Gary Graffman. Winner and finalists receive cash prizes, and  international performances. More information here.




Hatched Academy


Applications for Hatched 2015 are due 24 November. Two emerging composers and two emerging musicians aged under 30 will have the opportunity to work with Ensemble Offspring, guided by Artistic Directors Claire Edwardes and Damien Ricketson. Last year’s recipients, who gave the inaugural Hatched concert at the Sydney Conservatorium on 30 October, were Jeremy Rose and Callum G’Froerer.



Illawarra Folk Festival Song & Tune Writing Competition

The Illawarra Folk Festival is inviting all songwriters and musicians residing in Australia to enter their  30th Pearl Anniversary song contest - It's A Pearler!

Applications close 15 December. For more information visit the festival website.



Anywhere Theatre Festival - Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are open until 4 December for the 2015 Anywhere Festivals in Brisbane, Frankston, Mackay-Isaac and Parramatta. Open to performers of any theatrical genre including music for performance anywhere but a theatre. Apply once for four different cities. Further information here.




2015 Queensland Music Awards


The 2015 Queensland Music Awards, presented by BOQ and Hutchinson Builders, is open for submissions. Supported by QMusic and APRA AMCOS the Awards provides an opportunity for any musician across the state to have their music heard by the ears of key music industry players and a national audience of millions. Applications close 5 December. More information at the QMusic website.




Arts Queensland Billy Thorpe Scholarship


Applications are now open for Arts Queensland's annual Billy Thorpe Scholarship. The scholarship  provides a structured range of support to establish a professional career through career planning and advice and the opportunity to record with a local producer. This program is open to emerging, Individuals and Bands. Applications close 5 December For more information click here.






TSO, Concert Master

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is seeking applicants for the position of Concert Master. Applications close 1 December For more information visit the TSO website.

Orchestra Victoria, Principal Contrabassoon

Orchestra Victoria is holding auditions for the Principal Contrabassoon (Tutti Bassoon) Position. Applications close 21 November. For more information click here.






Face the Music


Annual event Face The Music, now in its seventh incarnation, will be held at The Arts Centre, Melbourne, on Friday, 14 November and Saturday 15. Tickets are available here.




Australasian Worldwide Music Expo



Australasia’s biggest roots music industry showcase, conference and trade event will take place in Melbourne between 13 and 16 November. Tickets are on sale here.




Music and the Moving Image Conference X - Call for Papers


The annual Music and the Moving Image conference is seeking submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between music, sound, and the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, mobile devices, internet, and interactive performance) through paper presentations. Taking place in New York, 29 – 31 May 2015. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 December 2014. For more information click here.




Music Encoding Conference 2015 - Call for Papers


Music Encoding Initiative Community is currently accepting abstract submissions for its Music Encoding Conference which will be held 19-21 May 2015 in Florence, Italy. The deadline for abstract submissions is 23 November. For more information click here.






Fine Music 102.5, Sponsorship Manager

Fine Music 102.5 is seeking to appoint a Sponsorship Manager. Applications close 23 November. For more information click here.

Opera Australia, Production Manager

Opera Australia is seeking to appoint a Production Manager, applications close 14 November. For more information visit the Opera Australia website. 

TiNA, Executive Producer

This is Not Art Festival (TiNA) in Newcastle is seeking to appoint an Executive Producer for the 2015 event. Applications close 17 November. For more information click here.

UWS, Research Assistant in Music Cognition & Action

The MARCS Institute, a research institute of the University of Western Sydney is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to be part of a research team . Applications close 23 November. For more information click here.

Executive Producer , Footscray Community Arts Centre

Footscray Community Arts Centre is seeking to appoint an Executive Producer. Applications close 17 November for more information visit the centres website.

Sydney Grammar School, Music Teacher

Sydney Grammar is seeking to appoint a Music Teacher. Applications close 21 November. For more information click here.

University of Southern Queensland, Lecturer (Contemporary Music - Songwriting and Production)

University of Southern Queensland is seeking to appoint a Lecturer (Contemporary Music - Songwriting and Production) applications close 14 November. For more information click here.




The Ark, Director

The Ark in Ireland is seeking to appoint a Director. Applications close 21 November. For more information visit the Ark website.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Managing Director

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London is seeking to appoint a Managing Director. Applications close 21 November. For more information click here.

Minnesota Opera, Assistant Director

Minnesota Opera is seeking to appoint an Assistant Director. Applications close 17 November. For more information visit the Minnesota Opera website. 

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