This month’s e-news from Music Australia surveys a range of current topics, including: a new study which examines the cultural and economic value of Australian music exports; Opera Australia’s Whiteley; the 2019 Art Music Awards finalists; the growth of music theatre courses in Australian higher education; the acknowledgment of music teachers and ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award; an update on the Choir of Hard Knocks; and the usual roundup of industry events and opportunities.

Music Australia was heartened to see our submission to the NSW Government festivals inquiry joined by around 40 other submissions similarly calling for a rethink of the new regulations. Only one submission advocated little change, and that was the NSW Government’s own submission. While Music Australia shares with the NSW Government concern over any death at a music festival, we believe the regulations have clear and objective problems, which partly arose because the industry was not adequately consulted when they were developed. We encourage the Inquiry to explore measures to address these problems and better optimise the balance being sought. 

Are you a member of Music Australia? If not, please check out the membership benefits on offer, and remember that our membership income is the principal way we fund our music advocacy and community building work. Music Australia’s federal government funding only supports our Music: Count Us In program. Every day I hear comments that the Australian music industry is a fragmented, silo’d, and complex environment to work in, so more than ever we need integrators and community builders. Help support this work.



Paul Saintilan
CEO, Music Australia





‘Born Global’ Report Estimates The Value Of Australian Music Exports At $195 Million P.A.

'Born Global: Australian music exports' is the first comprehensive report examining the cultural and economic value of Australian music exports. It estimates that the Australian music industry makes $195 million from international markets each year. Full story





Hobart City Council Passes Motion To Back Pill Testing At Festivals

Hobart City Council has passed a motion to provide in-principal support for pill testing at music festivals and other major events in the municipality. The vote was split six for and three against. Full story



Whiteley Strikes A Colourful Note

High expectations surrounded Opera Australia’s Whiteley, both in respect of Kats-Chernin’s score and how the opera might project aspects of an Australian identity through its subject, the artist Brett Whiteley. We look at what the critics thought. Full story



2019 Art Music Awards Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2019 Art Music Awards, presented by APRA AMCOS and the AMC. Among the many categories, composers Cathy Milliken, Carl Vine, Elena Kats-Chernin and Melody Eötvös are finalists for Orchestral Work of the Year. Full story





MCUI 2019 Song And Resources Now Available For Teachers

The Music: Count Us In  2019 Program Song, ‘We Are’ (written by school students and mentor Jack River in May) was released in early July along with a set of 10 lessons plans for teachers and school ensemble arrangements. Full story




Eight Australian Universities Now Offer Musical Theatre

The number of universities that offer degrees in musical theatre, or make it available as an area of study in undergraduate programs, has grown to eight. We survey how this education sector has expanded, and what is on offer. Full story




Nominations Now In For Australia’s Music Teacher Of The Year

With nominations for the 2019 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award closed, nominated teachers are being asked to describe their music education program at their school. Public voting begins in October, ahead of Awards night in November. Full story



New Songwriting And Digital Production Course For Indigenous Australians In SA

A weekly workshop in songwriting and digital music production for Indigenous Australians facing substance abuse has started this year in Berri, South Australia. Run by the Aboriginal Sobriety Group Indigenous Corporation, teaching is contributed by the University of Adelaide. Full story




New Era For Choir Of Hard Knocks

Singer Danielle Matthews and pianist Adam Przewlocki have been announced as co-artistic directors of the Choir of Hard Knocks. They take over from Jonathon Welch, who started the choir in 2006. Both have strong associations with the choir. Full story



Music Australia Member Benefit Update 

Music Australia members are entitled to a discount on the purchase of a BIGSOUND Purple Pass. Book before 31 July to save $200. You just need your member number handy when making the booking. Don't remember your number? Contact us now. 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.

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Competitions & Awards


Upcoming Awards and Competitions:

Screen Music Awards 

Nominations close 25 July 
The annual Screen Music Awards are presented by APRA AMCOS in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). The ceremony acknowledges excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition.

Art Music Awards 

19 August, Sydney
Presented each year by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the Awards recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian art music. Art music covers activity across contemporary classical music, contemporary jazz and improvised music, experimental music and sound art.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

Building Community Using Rhythm Drum Circle Facilitation Training

6 – 8 September, Byron Bay Hinterland
Rhythm to Recovery are hosting the accredited VMC drum-circle training at the Paradise One Retreat in the Byron Bay Hinterland this September. This is the model developed by Arthur Hull, father of the modern drum-circle movement and recognised internationally. No prior musical experience is necessary. Early registrations go into the running for a signature series Remo Djembe, entries close mid-August. 

The Seed Fund Workshop 2020: Future Makers

Applications close 15 September
The Future Makers workshop is a chance for artists and managers to examine the mechanics of their operation. Part professional development program, part personal inquiry, our vision is for all artists and managers to progress towards becoming sustainable in what can feel like a sea of opportunities and road blocks.


Rosewood Music Camp

27 September, Strathbogie Ranges
Three days of music making, dancing, art and adventure in Victoria's Strathbogie Ranges this Spring. This year's theme focuses on Timor Leste and Resilience. Music teachers are encouraged to attend with their students.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Festival and Conference Opportunities:


Sydney Folk Festival

16 – 18 August, Sydney
Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, top notch musicians aged from 9 to 90 will thrill audiences with a wild rainbow of sounds. You’ll hear fresh young world beats and original voices, traditional music (ballads, shanties, blues, bush music, bluegrass and newgrass) and way, way beyond to Afro funk, Celtic punk and more.

Bush Bands Bash & Desert Divas

4 - 8 September, Northern Territory
Entries have closed and the program is set to run as a three day camp followed by the Bush Bands Bash and the Desert Divas performances at Telegraph Station.




Applications closing soon for these Funding opportunities:

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund  

Applications close 1 October
The Regional Performing Arts Touring Program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.

Regional and Remote Touring Fund
Supports the costs of touring performing arts shows to regional and remote towns and communities in Western Australia.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Perth Festival, Production Administrator

Applications close 4 August
This role is a key member of the Programming & Production department and would be best suited to someone with arts, stage or some production management experience who is looking for an opportunity to work in a festival environment across a diverse range of projects.

Bundaberg Regional Council, Cultural Development Officer
Applications close 8 August

Applications are invited from experienced educators with demonstrable leadership skills who are currently registered (or eligible for registration) with the Teacher’s Registration Board of South Australia.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Tralala Blip 'Eat My Codes If Your Light Falls' LP Launch
1 August, The Foundry, Brisbane
Tralala Blip are an Australian unit of differently-abled musicians hailing from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Over the past decade they have carved out a unique position in the Australian electronic music community. Working to overcome a range of challenges imposed by their disabilities, Tralala Blip have created a range of approaches to instruments, performance and composition that allows them to seamlessly create music together.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert
12 September, Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Experience 'The Force Awakens', with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ score performed live by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.


Key Supporters 

  • The Australian Government through the Dept of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
  • Thomson Geer Lawyers
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