We encourage your submission to the Senate Inquiry into Commonwealth Arts Budget decisions by 17 July – a constructive forum to raise awareness and recommend alternatives. A handy Senate Submission info kit is here, you can read Music Australia’s position in our editorials from May and from June, and our article on audiences here. The Government has now published draft Guidelines for the National Programme for Excellence in the Arts,  feedback is invited  by 31 July. We also have media releases from industry meetings last week by ArtsPeak and freetheartsDetails below. 

As we count down to our Contemporary Music Roundtable on 6 August we publish some great content, with articles by QMusic’s Joel Edmondson on music enterprises, Monash University’s Shane Homan on Music Cities,  and a Live Music statistical snapshot.  Details below.

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Chris Bowen CEO
Music Australia




New Canadian report heralds rise of Music Cities

A new Canadian study The Mastering of a Music City provides a roadmap for communities of all sizes to realize the full potential of their music economy. Great global music cities are surveyed and strategies offered to strengthen a city’s music.  Full story


Urban Contexts: Music Cities Convention, Brighton

Melbourne’s Shane Homan reports on an inaugural gathering of global music cities held in May this year. Ten cities including Adelaide and Melbourne shared their initiatives, learnings, and the benefits of placing music at the centre of a city’s life. Full story





Minister – the music audiences are everywhere

Minister Brandis has stated his new funding program will more fully respect the tastes and preferences of Australian audiences. We investigate where these audiences are – and the results may surprise. Full story



Arts Budget - #Freethearts & ArtsPeak hold industry meetings  

Two Sydney industry meetings,  last week furthered the campaign responding to federal arts budget decisions.  Read the statements issued by Artspeak and Freethearts here. 




Australian Contemporary Music Industry Snapshot

Want a few fast facts to give you a picture of Australia’s contemporary music industry? We’ve rounded up the data which shows that Australia is brimming with creative talent and our artists are in demand across the globe. But we have work to do to keep it that way. Full story

Fostering 21st century music entrepreneurship in industry education

Joel Edmondson, head of Queensland state music industry body QMusic, urges some big picture thinking to equip our music entrepreneurs of the future with the right skill sets and capabilities to successfully navigate a dynamic but highly uncertain industry landscape. Full story

QLD Music Launches Future of Music Survey

QMusic has launched an online survey, inviting members of the public to contribute their vision for the future of the state’s music industry. Full story

SA Government Launches Live Music Venues Survey

The South Australian Government has launched a survey, inviting venue owners to comment on live music. Full story


NT Song of the Year Awards Winners Announced

The fourth annual MusicNT NT Song of the Year Awards, announced on 27 June, recognised Northern Territory-based songwriters across 13 categories. Full story

Australian Music Week Launches

Australia is set to gain a new national music event, with the inaugural Australian Music Week announced for November 2015. Full story




Sydney Conservatorium head forced to resign over misuse of funds

Karl Kramer, Dean and Principal of the Sydney Conservatorium, was forced to resign his position over misuse of funds, it has been revealed. An internal investigation by Sydney University found he had racked up personal expenses approaching $5,000. Full story

Getting real about sexual brutality in opera

The Royal Opera House’s controversial production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, whose gang rape scene sparked vociferous protests, has been given a 15 certificate cinema rating. Could the same thing ever happen in Australia? Full story

The Song Company: almost everything is up their alley

Consisting of just six singers and a director who distinctively sits while he conducts, The Song Company is unique as Australia’s only full-time a capella vocal ensemble. The calibre of their performance is as spectacular as their repertoire.  Full story

Classical Futures Workshop – Invitation

Professional classical and art music sector representatives are invited to join our Councillors for a workshop exploring the future of this artform in Erskineville Sydney on 6 August. This workshop is to consult with the sector and inform our future advocacy and action agenda. Full story

Three Australians make top female conductor rankings

In Limelight magazine’s list of its top ten female conductors worldwide, three Australians made it onto the list. In second spot is Simone Young, while Nicolette Fraillon and Sarah-Grace Williams also make the top ten. Full story




MCUI is Go For Launch!

Our school music program Music: Count Us In 2015 launches next Monday 13 July! We share a fabulous clip from our Program Song Recording Day with Marcia Hines and all our plans for MCUI 2015! Full story


Music and meditation in schools

Australian schools are warming to the concept that meditation can help in increasing children’s wellbeing. Studies support the case, and now some researchers are suggesting that music might have an important role to play in school meditation programs. Full story


More Australian concert band music, please

Australian composers are being asked to write more concert band music. Sydney’s School Band Festival is now asking all participating school bands to perform Australian repertoire. Full story


NSW School Band Festival Promotes Aussie Composers

We’re thrilled at the commitment to Australian composers by the NSW School Band Festival, reported above. So we invite General Manager Patrick Devery to explain why, and share the benefits they believe will flow. Full story




Community Music Groups Workshop – an Invitation

Representatives from community choirs, orchestras, bands, multicultural and other groups are invited to attend a Community Music Groups Workshop in Sydney. With our partners APRA AMCOS we want to tailor new services for these groups and invite your input.  Full story

Private Music Lessons For Marrickville High Students 

In Term One 2015, Marrickville High music teacher Crystal Barreca initiated a new program, which provided 9 weeks of private music lessons for disadvantaged students and culminated in three performances. Full story

Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde To Run Workshops

Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde invites musicians of all levels to participate in its first workshop series. Full story




Competitions, Worskshops, Programs & Masterclasses



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

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


MusicNSW, AIM & Sydney TAFE Music Present: Start the Dance

9 Jul
A how-to for young producers, performers & DJs starting their live performance careers.
MusicNSW announces the next instalment in their free workshop series Start The Dance, held in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Music and Sydney TAFE Music. More details 

Musica Viva: Active and inclusive music education Teachers Workshop

10 Jul
Musica Viva is presenting a forum for Victorian teachers focusing on teaching music for deaf children and children with different needs. Register here

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 

Sounds Australia Masterclass – Export your Music

21 Jul
QMusic and SOUNDS AUSTRALIA are delighted to announce a rare opportunity for musicians wanting to export their music overseas. More details

MusicNT – Women’s Music Program Central Australia

There's a range of workshops, programs and opportunities open to Indigenous women of all ages across Central Australia. 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. Registrations are now open



Australian Youth Orchestra – Live & Recorded Auditions


Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Associate Principal Cello

Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Principal Bassoon

Brisbane Ensemble – selection of orchestral players needed

Based in the inner northern suburbs of Brisbane, at Wooloowin. Repertoire: Mostly orchestral works, e.g. Beethoven’s Septet, Op.20 or Faure’s Pavane Op 50. Register you interest via email   


Conferences, Events, Seminars


Maryborough Music Conference (Qld)

July 9-12
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.

7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2015

11-19 Jul
A prestigious event held every four years, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition is a launching pad for piano trios and string quartets to a performing career on the world stage.   Book your tickets here to see the finalists in concert.

Sounds Great 2015 – Victorian Music Education Biennial Conference

15 – 18 Jul
Music educators in all stages of their careers will benefit from attending 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  

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 together industry-leading agents, record labels, bookers, artists, venue owners, recording studios and more to discuss the industry and how to build sustainable careers. Register here.

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. Details here

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 will 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 are 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 here




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. 

Creative Victoria – Artists in Schools program

Are you interested in working on a creative project with young people in a school setting? Are you a professional musician/ a teacher or both?  The Artists in Schools funding program places professional artists in Victorian primary and secondary schools. Funding of $10,000 is available for schools to engage an artist for approximately 20 days.  Book here

The Seed – An Australian Arts Grant Fund – 2015 Applications now open

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.

ArtsNSW & Sydney Conservatorium - $30,000 Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship

NSW emerging musicians and composers are encouraged to apply for the inaugural Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship in honour of the internationally renowned composer. More details

Australia Council for the Arts – 2015 Grants

Australia Council new grants model supports a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity. More details 

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. 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 – Patrons Manager

AYO is currently seeking an experienced Patrons Manager to join its Development team in Sydney. More details

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs – General Manager

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is seeking a dynamic General Manager, based in Sydney. More details

Orchestra Victoria - Orchestra Personnel Manager

The Orchestra Personnel Manager is responsible for all aspects of orchestra personnel management under the guidance and supervision of the General Manager. More details

Musica Viva -National Audience Engagement Manager (Sydney based)

The National Audience Engagement Manager leads the creation, planning and implementation of activities that engage our audiences, donors and supporters. More details

Canning City Brass Band – Musical Director

Our friendly, National B Grade Champion Band is looking to appoint an experienced, enthusiastic and committed Musical Director to develop and advance the band to achieve the highest possible results. For a full job description contact before July 12, 2015 




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community.

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

Australian World Orchestra – Sydney Opera House, NSW

29 Jul
First of three performances, starting with Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. More details

Danny Elfman - Sydney Opera House, NSW

10-11 Jul
Enjoy the music of Danny Elfman with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra! More details 

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