Welcome to the August edition of Music Australia’s e-news, which includes updates on a range of topics, from a pay dispute involving Queensland instrumental music teachers, to WASO’s Crescendo program, to indigenous rap group Deni Mob, to the Dementia inclusive choir Alchemy Chorus.

In Music Australia’s own news, we are excited by a new partnership with Sound Infusion for Music: Count Us In. This initiative helps students create arrangements of the program song and learn about the musical instruments of different cultures. It is a great extension to the songwriting and music performance opportunities offered by the program, and employs technology to increase the educational potential of the program.

Music Australia is also leading an international project - Musicians and Addiction: Research and Recovery Stories - which will result in a book being published in June 2020 with a companion website. The e-news article provides further information and we invite members of the Music Australia community to be involved in this project, either as a story contributor, or if you are an expert in helping musicians deal with dependency issues.

Music Australia will be represented at BIGSOUND next week in Brisbane, an important event on Australia’s musical calendar. In other news, note that the NSW ‘Festival Inquiry’ has released its report, which is available here. An excerpt from Music Australia’s submission is featured at 2.13 (page 18 of the report).  The committee has recommended that the regulations be disallowed.

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Paul Saintilan
CEO, Music Australia





Apple Launches Apple Music for Artists

After more than a year in beta, Apple has launched Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard tool which provides artists with access to detailed analytics about how about their music is performing on Apple Music and iTunes. Full story





Musicians and Addiction

Music Australia is leading an international project - Musicians and Addiction: Research and Recovery Stories - which will result in a book being published in June 2020 with a companion website. We invite members of the Music Australia community to be involved in this project, either as a story contributor, or as an expert in helping musicians deal with dependency issues. Full story



Harmonia Australis Heralds A New Orchestral Model

Harmonia Australis is a new chamber -sized orchestra and chorus that has just given three debut concerts in and around Perth. Led by violinist Jennifer Banks, it principally aims as a platform for younger players looking to develop their careers. Full story



The Necks Win Big at 2019 Art Music Awards

Sydney jazz trio The Necks were winner of the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music at the recent Art Music Awards. Their success recognises 30 years of remarkable innovation and achievement in avant-garde, exploratory jazz. Full story





MCUI Announces New Partnership With Sound Infusion

Australia’s largest school initiative, Music: Count Us In (MCUI), is thrilled to be partnering for the first time this year with Sound Infusion (winner of the 2013 United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Intercultural Innovation Award) to enable students participating in MCUI to use the Sound Infusion composition tool and create their own versions of this year’s program song ‘We Are’. Full story




Dispute Involving Queensland Instrumental Music Teachers

Queensland instrumental music teachers are seeking increased pay or time in lieu due to the amount of school activity they are expected to perform outside their contractual duties. They voted in favour of a work-to-rule directive from the Queensland Teachers Union. Full story




WASO’s Crescendo Earns Top Honours

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s El Sistema-inspired free music education program, Crescendo, won the Award for Excellence in Music Education in this year’s Art Music Awards. It reaches some 400 students in two primary schools in Kwinana, south of Perth. Full story




Indigenous Rap Group Deni Mob Receives National Award

Rap group Deni Mob, comprising young people from the Barapa Barapa and Wemba Wemba communities in Deniliquin, NSW, have won the 2019 National Indigenous Music Awards Community Clip of the Year for their powerful song ‘State Of The Heart’. Full story



Music Australia Member Benefit Update 

Music Australia members are entitled to a discount on the purchase of a BIGSOUND Purple Pass. Book now to save $100. 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.

To share an Opportunity send us an email. 


Competitions & Awards


Upcoming Awards and Competitions:

Call Out to Women in Remote and Regional QLD!

Applications close 13 September
CiCADA International Inc is seeking expressions of interest from women living in remote and regional QLD to attend the Australian Women in Music Awards in Brisbane in October. Return airfares, accommodation, airport transfers and per diems will be provided for 8 – 10 women.

Toyota Star Maker   

Entries Close 30 September
Each year Star Maker invites aspiring country music artists to compete for a range of opportunities that will provide a substantial career boost for the winner. Star Maker is more than just a talent quest - it is a search for an individual who has the greatest potential to take advantage of the opportunities offered in the Toyota Star Maker prize package.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:


23 – 28 September, Brisbane
Empowering girls, trans and gender non-conforming youth aged 10-17 through a week-long mentorship program, Girls Rock! Brisbane encourages creativity, self-expression and teamwork through music.

Composing Women Project

29 September, Sydney
From an exploration of musical memories to a work that draws from the intricate patterns of stuttered speech, MacArthur Fellow and flute virtuoso Claire Chase presents five original pieces from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Composing Women program.


I Manage My Music

20 October, Melbourne
This weekend workshop for musicians has announced its final event for 2019. Music Australia Members receive 5% off I Manage My Music workshops. 


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Festival and Conference Opportunities:


ZoneOut Festival  

28 September, Sydney
A one-day music festival in Sydney featuring international and Australian neo-classical artists, yoga sessions, panel discussions and film screenings.

Australian Festival Industry Conference

24 – 25 October, Coffs Harbour
AFIC is the only conference in Australia dedicated to festival personnel (both public and private, including industry suppliers). It appeals to all types of festivals.

Electronic Music Conference

12 – 14 November, Sydney
The Electronic Music Conference returns alongside a festival of music, parties, showcases, films and more. Showcase applications are also now open.




Applications closing soon for these Funding opportunities:

Women’s Leadership Development Grants
Applications close 20 September
Women currently working in the arts sector have an opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program. 

Grant McLennan Fellowship 
Applications close 23 September
Applications are open for the prestigious $25K Grant McLennan Fellowship, an incredible opportunity for QLD songwriters to travel to New York, London or Berlin for up to six months and use the experience of being immersed in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to further develop their own artistic skills.  

Women in Music Scholarship Application
Abbey Road Institute is proud to partner with Studios 301 and APRA AMCOS to offer this award to women wishing to undertake formal education and enter the industry on their own terms.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Department for Education, Music Education Network Field Officer

Applications close 6 September
Music Education Network Field Officers will work as a member of a newly formed team to promote the vision and goals of the Music Education Strategy and its implementation in sites.

Methodist Ladies' College Melbourne, Music Teacher
Applications close 6 September

Applications are invited from suitably qualified, skilled and motivated professionals for the position of Music Teacher.

Chugg Entertainment/Frontier Touring, Marketing Manager
Applications close 12 September
Mushroom Group are looking for an organised, creative and passionate, music loving marketing individual to join the Chugg Entertainment/Frontier Touring family. This is a full time position, based in Sydney.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Kenny Broberg
7 September, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
An outstanding soloist, Kenny is also the grand finalist and Third Prize winner of the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition recently held in Moscow; his playing now demanded worldwide as he heads down to Australia for a special handful of recitals in conjunction with the 2019 Sydney International Concert Series. 

Music In The Round
8 September, Abbotsford Convent
A favourite on the annual classical music calendar, Music in the Round returns to Abbotsford Convent with a day-long program of renowned musicians performing intimate concerts in stunning heritage surrounds. For the first time this year, audiences can experience classical music in the North Magdalen Laundry, an evocative new venue laden with history.

Reclink Community Cup
September - October, National
The Reclink Community Cup is a much-adored charity football match series that pits musicians against media annually to raise awareness and funds for Australia’s most disadvantaged.


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  • The Australian Government through the Department of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
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