Our annual music industry gathering takes place this week at our Music Summit. It’s not too late to join one of two free workshops on Thursday:  on Classical Futures and for Community Music Groups. Both will share information and gather data to enrich our program and advocacy.

There are some fabulous resource articles from across the artform prepared for our sold-out Contemporary Music Roundtable - well worth a read - latest posts are from the Live Music Office, Arts Grants as the new A&R, a National Internship proposal, and championing the independent sector.

Chris Bowen CEO
Music Australia




Great digital pie debate increasingly provokes artists

Unlimited Media’s Chris Cooke calls it the great digital pie debate – the evolving story on dividing up royalties as streaming platforms increasingly dominate the musical landscape – while frustrated artists are increasingly taking matters into their own hands. Full story 





Arts,Budget,Funding & the cultural pie

While Canberra’s Arts Ministry busily reviews feedback to the draft Guidelines of Minister Brandis’s new funding program, the Senate Inquiry into this program will hold hearings in most capitals. We hope some good comes from this time consuming re-slicing of the pie. Full story



Arts grants - the new A&R?

As the music industry continues to evolve governments can become an increasingly important source of funding for artists and music businesses. The Australia Council’s Paul Mason explores what this support might look like beyond traditional grant giving. Full story



Building a vibrant Australian Live Music scene

Live performing is vital to the success of most artists’ careers, and where many fans gain their most enjoyment. Australia’s Live Music Office, an innovative strategy to address sector challenges, share their latest work and their vision for a vibrant live music future. Full story

The Need for Independence

The independent recording sector is an increasingly sophisticated player in the success and growth of Australia’s music scene. AIR’s Stu Watters explains the contribution, role and opportunities independent labels offer for Australian music. Full story

Building Music Industry Skills: Australian Music Internship Program – A Proposal

Australia’s music industry is proactive in developing its workforce. This proposal for a national internship program from Perth’s Scott Adam would build on existing initiatives and aim to productively integrate the training and music industry sectors. Full story

Paul Kelly Wins Helpmann Awards Highest Honour

Paul Kelly received the JC Williamson Award at the 2015 Helpmann Awards, held on 31 July. Full story

Tal Cohen Wins 2015 Freedman Jazz Fellowship

Pianist Tal Cohen has taken out the prestigious Freedman Jazz Fellowship for 2015. Full story

Sydney Petition says NO to Noise Complaints

Launched on 29 July, the petition attracted more than 2,900 signatures within five days. Full story

Music SA Opens SA Music Awards

Music South Australia has opened the 2015 South Australian Music Awards for nominations. Full story



Gondwana Choirs: plaudits for young achievers

Sydney Children’s Choir, one of several outstanding choirs that belong under the Gondwana Choirs umbrella, just gave a sold-out concert in the Beijing Concert Hall and participated in the World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival in Hong Kong. Full story



Art Music Awards finalists announced

Finalists in this year’s APRA/AMC Art Music Awards include Brett Dean, Paul Stanhope, Lachlan Skipworth, and Elena Kats-Chernin in the category of orchestral work of the year. Winners will be announced on 11 August. Full story



Helpmanns: Baroque opera all the rage

Brisbane Baroque’s production of Handel’s Faramondo was a clear winner at the 2015 Helpmann Awards night in Sydney, collecting five awards including best direction. Kate Miller-Heidke won best new Australian work for Perth Festival’s The Rabbits. Full story




NPEA draft guidelines ignore education

Nowhere in the National Program for Excellence’s draft guidelines does the word “education” occur. This raises questions about how educational activity, which is an important focus of many of our smaller music organisations, will continue to be funded. Full story

Beyond The Wiggles: music that raises children’s minds

The organisers of Australia’s four large festivals for young people – Come Out, Next Wave, Out of the Box and Awesome – agree it is vital that kids are given intelligently conceived music shows that rise above commercial type TV entertainment. Full story

Singin’it Bringing Music to Government Schools

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs has launched their brand new school music education program. This is the organisation’s first real foray into working with school students after some successful workshops late in 2014. Singing’it aims to get young people in Government Schools singing. Full story




Music For Refugees Brings Music to Detention Centres nationwide

Music Australia catches up with Philip Feinstein, founder of Music for Refugees, who has spearheaded a remarkable program that now reaches detention centres around the country. Full story


Community singing competition - Sing for Good opens

Entries have opened for Sing For Good 2015, a nationwide community singing competition that raises money for Creativity Australia. Full story




Competitions, Awards & Resources



International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

"The songwriting competition to take note of" heralds the New York Times - the 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

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


2015 APRA Professional Development Awards Applications now open 

PDA’s, provide assistance for up and coming songwriters to gain cash and recognition in the early stages of their careers. Apply now


 Music and Copyright Guide

The Australian Copyright Council’s Music and Copyright guide just got a whole lot more accessible, with the release of a new e-pub.  The guide is an essential tool for anyone composing, song writing, performing, recording or publishing music. Written in plain English, it tells you what you need to know to make copyright work for you! Great value at $30. Available here


Programs, Workshops & Masterclasses


Australian Institute of Music Open Day

SYD: 8 Aug MEL: 15 Aug
FREE workshops, masterclasses, live performances & demos, course info, industry experts, AIM staff, alumni & current students. More details 

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Day

29 Aug
Open Day at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is an opportunity for prospective students to ask academic and student admissions staff questions about the Con’s music degrees, auditions and application processes. More information

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. More details


Conferences, Seminars  & Events 


ANATS QLD - Singing Futures: Pedagogies, Practices and the Digital Age

24-27 Sep
The conference includes a range of topics related to pedagogies, practices and future opportunities to be covered in leading keynote addresses, panel discussions, papers and masterclasses. More information

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 information

Sydney Fringe Festival

1-30 Sep
Now in its sixth year the Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW. More information

Face the Music Conference

13 – 14 Nov
Melbourne music city’s own contemporary music summit, Face The Music, returns in November for its eighth annual conference. More information

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.

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 – This weekend

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

Electronic Music Conference

1-2 Dec
Founded in 2012, Sydney’s annual electronic music conference is Asia-Pacific’s premier electronic music industry event. Special Guest this year is iconic  DJ Carl Cox. Music Australia members will receive an industry discount on tickets -  just enter your membership number at checkout.  Purchase tickets

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. More information 




The Smoky Dawson Foundation

The Smoky Dawson Foundation provides grants to young Australian performers and we have just announced a new round specifically for aspiring QLD singer songwriters. Applications close 15 September. More information 

Grant McLennan Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2015 Grant McLennan Fellowship, jointly funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and by The Australasian Performing Right Association - Australasian Mechanical Copyright-Owners Society (APRA AMCOS) More information

Australian Online Music Institute - National Music Scholarships

Scholarships will be offered in Certificate II, II and IV in Music on both a full-time and part-time basisApplications close 18th Sep 2015

Registration cut off for PPCA’s current distribution is 31 August 2015

If you are an Australian recording artist whose music is being broadcast or publicly performed, or you hold the copyright in recordings that are receiving airplay, then you may be able to share in licence fees collected by PPCA. Register now

Creative Victoria – Music Works Grants

Support strategic professional development and career opportunities for Victorian contemporary music artists, musicians, performers and associated industry professionals. Applications close 12 Aug 2015 

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

Australia Council grants for 2015-2016

The national funding body has announced its revised funding program, affected by cuts to its 2015-2016 budget. A four year organisational program is now being offered, closing 1 December. The published December grant round will be cancelled. There will now be two core grant rounds, one in September and one in February 2016. Details in a statement on their website.

Australia Council for the Arts - Peggy Glanville Hicks Residency

Applications are now open for the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Residency in 2016, and applications close 1 Sep 2015.  More details

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




Perth Concert Hall - Ticketing Client Account Manager

For this newly created role, at the Perth Concert Hall, we are seeking an individual who has both the technical proficiency to build and maintain our in-house ticketing system (Tessitura) and marketing expertise. More details

Opera Australia – Operations Coordinator

Opera Australia is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Operations Coordinator to work with Opera Australia’s Major Projects department with focus on Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2016. 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

Sydney Opera House – Ticketing Systems Specialist

The purpose of the Ticketing Systems Specialist position is to liaise with presenters and utilise business systems and
processes to program “event builds” and administer online event web pages. More details


Australian Youth Orchestra – Live & Recorded Auditions

Visit the website for application details.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Principal Bassoon

Applications close 4 Sep

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – Principal First Violin

Applications are sought from musicians of outstanding ability. More information



  Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community.

Melbourne Guitar Show THIS WEEKEND, Caulfield Racecourse, VIC

The 2015 MGS will showcase our best brands with a monster exhibition of electric and acoustic guitars, ukes, FX , and much more. More details

NZTRIO: EAST FROM HERE – Riverside Theatres, NSW

23 Aug
Interconnecting cultural landscapes and relationships through sound. More details

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

Opera at Oakridge - Oakridge Wines, Coldstream, VIC

29 Aug
magical night of opera with Pot-Pourri, four fine singers/actors, a brilliant pianist, gorgeous harmonies and glamorous costumes and a Chef’s menu. Bookings here.

Regurgitator – Northcote Social Club, VIC

3 Sep
Northcote Social Club 10th Anniversary SeriesBuy tickets here


Things we like:

Independent Australian Hip-Hop Artists Jacquie Lomas and Madman present their debut EP Killa Hurtz. Listen to them on Soundcloud.

Leon Bridges, retro –soul singer released his debut album, Smooth Sailin’ last month and we’re liking his Sam Cooke/Otis Redding sound! Check out his Facebook page.

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Key Supporters 

  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • The Australian Government through the Dept of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
  • Clipper Property Group
  • Thomson Geer Lawyers
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