The arts community is abuzz with the Minister’s surprise announcement to divert funds to a brand new arts funding program. We chart the story so far, and we add our voice by urging the Arts Minister to avoid unintended consequences. You can read our stories below.

We also have our round-up from two of the many international music markets in which Australians engage: The Great Escape in the UK, and Classical Next, just concluded this year in Rotterdam; stories below.

And grab your ticket to our Classical Futures seminar on Friday 5 June. Relax in the wonderful Erskineville Town Hall, glass of wine included and hear our panel of experts share their insights into the future of classical music. Info and bookings here.

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Chris Bowen CEO
Music Australia




Latest from the Global Meeting for Art Music Innovators

Described as the international forum for classical music professionals, the fourth edition of the Classical Next conference has concluded in Rotterdam on 23 May with some spirited debate and great music. Read our highlights here





Minister – please, no unintended budget consequences

As sector frustration mounts over the Arts Minster’s surprise move to shift funding into his Canberra Department, we seek assurances that the baby won’t be thrown out with the bath water. Full story 



The Great Escape Music Market Wrap Up

We caught up with Glenn Dickie from our music export office Sounds Australia to find out how The Great Escape music convention and festival went for Australia this year. Full story


Australian arts community ‘dances’ in protest against Australia Council cuts

Australian supporters and practitioners of the arts danced in capital cities all over the country last Friday, in protest against cuts to the Australia Council. Full story 

Three new Australian music festivals to launch

Three new Australian music festivals will be held for the first time during August and September.  Full story 

Former Bennetts Lane Band Booker Joins St Kilda’s Cellar Bar

St Kilda’s Cellar Bar has cemented its commitment to live music with the appointment of Jeremy Jankie, former band booker at Bennetts Lane. Full story 

Renowned producer Steve Lillywhite to come to Australia for SongHubs

APRA/AMCOS has announced that acclaimed producer Steve Lillywhite will come to Australia this June to participate in SongHubs, a worldwide song writing initiative. Full story 



Celebrating al fresco opera

With Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s Aida just finished, and an export version of the model soon to be announced, it might be time to ask why outdoor opera has not taken off more than it has in Australia. Full story



Programme for Excellence in the Arts begs the question

Concerns mount over George Brandis’ new National Programme for Excellence in the Arts, to which $104.8 million will be diverted from the Australia Council. Full story



WA New Music Archive now online

Just launched, the Western Australian New Music Archive (WANMA) documents WA contemporary art music from the 1970s up to the present. It was launched as part of the Perth’s Totally Huge New Music Festival. Full story



Taiwanese orchestra to visit Australia

Fully privately funded orchestras today are a rarity. One is Taiwan’s Evergreen Symphony Orchestra from Taiwan, which makes its first visit to Australia. It gives concerts in Sydney and Brisbane in July. Full story




Consternation over proposed changes at Elder Conservatorium

The Elder Conservatorium of Music is proposing to axe two singing teacher positions and shift vocal studies out of classical performance. A leaked memo to staff also proposes to close the conservatorium’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music. Full story


Sydney school sets a musical example

In 14 years Jaime Gibson has built up the music program at Oxford Falls Grammar School to make it one of the largest music tuition studios in Sydney. Some 500 students are taught across an impressively wide spectrum of genres. Full story


Sydney Film Profiles Music Education in the Country

 A feature documentary at this year’s Sydney Film Festival highlights the work of a remarkable group who are bringing music education to Australia’s regional and remote communities.Full story




The Golden Stave Announces Line-Up for 2015 Gala Charity Dinner

Effie, Andy Bull and Amber Lawrence will appear at The Golden Stave’s 2015 Gala Charity Dinner in June. Full story


Nordoff Robbins Adds to Art of Music Live With Two Winter Fundraisers

In addition to Art of Music Live 2015, Nordoff Robbins will host two major fundraisers over winter. Full story




Competitions, Awards, Auditions



International Songwriting Competition

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


National Indigenous Music Awards – Nominations now open

The NIMAS bring audiences from all over Australia together to applaud the winners, enjoy the performances and soak up the ambiance of a night for music lovers of all ages and all cultures. More information


Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Associate Principal Cello

Applications close 3 August.  More information

Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Principal Bassoon

Applications close 4 September.  More information




Tertiary Jazz Pre-Audition Workshop

14 Jul
Are you planning to audition for a tertiary degree in jazz at the Sydney Con? Be well informed about the audition requirements and process so you can achieve your best result in this highly competitive field. Enrol here

The Henty Grant Workshop

1 Jun
Murray Arts is excited to present a series of one-day workshops examining some of the key strategies in writing a successful grant application, including a close-up look at best practice examples.  Register here

Musical Futures FREE Songwriting workshops for teachers

May - Aug
Music Australia in partnership with Musical Futures Australia is offering a FREE nationwide program of Songwriting for Teachers in 2015. Details here

ASME – Music & the Brain: Using research to advocate for music education

13 Jun
This workshop is a must for music teachers in all contexts – primary, secondary, school instrumental and studio teachers. Details here

Musical Creatures Classes

29 May – 5 Jun
A class for children and their parents/carers based in Sydney’s inner west. Classes have a "live music" atmosphere. Attendees sing songs that are relevant to the world children live in and the emotions they feel. Details here

Border Music Camp

28 Jun – 4 Jul
For a week, you will live and breathe music. Suited to those who are passionate about music, who love to play their instrument and love to hang out with other musicians. Most Campers are school students, but Campers are of all ages are welcome. Details here

Four Winds Presents: Taikoz @ Bermagui

6-7 Jun
This concert and workshop series combines the visceral energy of the drums with the ethereal sound of the bamboo shakuhachi (Japanese flute). Details here


Conferences, Seminars, Events, Festivals


Midem 2015

5-8 Jun
Midem, one of the world’s most established music business conferences, and a must attend for music publishers, settles into its new dates in June. Details here
Hearing the Voice, Hearing the Soul – International Symposium

5 Jun
Just as music has fascinated scholars in the Western world continuously for thousands of years, so time and again they have felt the need to explain its power. Details here

Image: Lorenzo Costa, 'A Concert', circa 1485-95, The National Gallery , London

Feedback Music Conference for Young People

8 Jun
FEEDBACK’s leading industry speakers will offer helpful advice and entertaining anecdotes to young musicians, aspiring industry professionals and music fanatics alike. Full list of speakers and panellists here

Music Education Twilight Seminar with Deborah Cheetham

9 Jun
This Music Symposium will explore innovative initiatives to increase opportunities for quality music education in Victoria. Learn about how Deborah has transformed the lives of young indigenous school children through the power of voice. At the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership North Melbourne. Register here.

Intune Darwin 2015

26-27 Jun
Intune is the premier music conference for musicians and music industry in the Northern Territory. Registrations are now open

Maryborough Music Conference (Qld)

9-12 July
Clinicians include James Morrison, Richard Gill, Bruce Pearson, David Theak, Joe Chindamo, David Jones, Soo Han, Kalani, Steve Smith and many more. The trade pavilion will house more than 80 trade sites. Program and registration information is available here.

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

12th Australasian Pedagogy Piano Conference 2015

6 10 Jul
The APPC conference brings together pianists, teachers, students, scholars, piano enthusiasts and composers from all over Australia and beyond. Register here

Sounds Great 2015 – Victorian Music Education Biennial Conference

15-18 Jul
Music educators in all stages of their careers will benefit from this conference with streamed sessions for primary and secondary teachers in classroom and instrumental settings, directors of music, ensemble directors, and music technology novices and experts. More information 

ASME National Conference: Adelaide

30 Sep-2 Oct
Conference theme - Music: Educating for Life
ASME 2015 highlights the value of music learning in formal and non-formal contexts. Includes keynote speakers (Richard Gill OAM, Katie Wardrobe and Professor Graham Welch), workshops from leading educators, performances, and a young composers component. Call for Papers deadline 31 March 2015.  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.  Details here  

State of the Art Music Festival

30 May
Proudly presented by Celebrate WA, in association with WAM, SOTA will celebrate our great state by dedicating an entire music festival to Western Australian artists. Details here

Queensland Music Festival

17 Jul-2 Aug
Whether your forté is Chopsticks, Chopin or Crocodile Rock, your chance to be a part of QMF is here with this unique, large-scale Brisbane event, Keys to the City. Over 17 days, pods of pianos will pop-up across 40 locations in Brisbane ­— from parks to libraries, beachside to city streets, the highways and hills will come alive with the sound of music. Details here




Australia Council for the Arts – 2015 Grants

Australia Council has developed a new grants model which will support a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity. Details here

2015 Sync Leadership Program – Expressions of Interest

This intensive leadership development program focuses on leadership and disability, providing fresh perspectives and challenges to deep-seated thinking about leadership and disability. Expressions of interest close Tuesday 2 June 2015
Australia Council of the Arts - Peggy Glanville Hicks Residency

Applications are now open for the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Residency in 2016. Details here


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. Details here


Association of Artist Managers (AAM) Mentor Program

The Association of Artist Managers (AAM) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2015 Manager Mentor Program are now open. Details here




Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre – Music Education - Coordinator

The Coordinator Music Education plays a vital role in supporting and leading music education as a central program of The Joan. Details here

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – Associate Concertmaster

Auckland’s leading performing arts organisation is seeking Expressions of Interest from outstanding violinists for this full time salaried position, open to applicants of all nationalities. More information

 ANAM – Artistic Director

The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) wishes to appoint an Artistic Director who can provide exceptional leadership to Australia’s pre-eminent music performance training institution. Details here


Sydney Opera House - Communications & Heritage Officer

The position is responsible for the creation and implementation of communications strategies for all Building and Theatre infrastructure related projects. Details here

Collingwood College - Violin / Viola Teacher

Collingwood College (located in Cromwell Street, Collingwood) is looking for a full-time (or part-time if that's all you have available) violin and viola teacher. Email Jacinta Walker for more information 



Sydney Philharmonia Choirs – Sydney Opera House, NSW

6-7 Jun
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs give you the opportunity to sing some choral classics – or just hear them! Ticket Information 

Mojo Juju Album Launch – Newtown Social Club, NSW

20 Jun
In celebration of the brand new album, 'Seeing Red / Feeling Blue', Mojo Juju is hitting the road this June to give these songs their debut live performance. More details

Melbourne International Singers Festival, VIC

5-8 Jun
Now in its 6th year, the Melbourne International Singers Festival presents a range of artist guests, choirs and individual singers. Register interest here

Brisbane International Jazz Festival, QLD

3-8 June

Kicks off with BIJF Opening Night Party and Jam Session 3 June, The Bowery! Full program here


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  • Australia Council for the Arts
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