Following our funding announcement our Board and Staff are crafting a plan to take Music Australia forward without operational government funding. We'll share in coming weeks. We plan a more independent path building on achievements. Read some in our 2015 Annual Report, on our website.

We have released a Music Education Election Statement with supporting information. We call on all candidates to get behind music education – feel free to share through your networks. You can also read our Contemporary Music Election Statement here.

Scarlett Di Maio has joined us as Program Officer, working Tuesday to Thursdays, welcome Scarlett!

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Chris Bowen
Music Australia




Orchestras Need to Work Harder at Reflecting the Communities They Serve 

The League of American Orchestras has just concluded its national conference in Baltimore on the theme of ‘The Richness of Difference’. It looked at how orchestras need to increase their community relevance across all their spheres of activity. Full story

Creating a Philanthropic Culture for New Music

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra have been singularly successful in commissioning new works through their donor programs. They proactively build relationships between donors and composers, involving the former in the creative process. Full story





Join our Roundtable - Australia’s leading contemporary Music Industry Conference

Share your vision for growth of Australia’s Contemporary Music Sector at our Contemporary Music Roundtable. Music Australia’s conference returns on 3 and 4 August, in a larger venue at Sydney’s Customs House. Register now.
Full story



South Coast Pub Swaps Pokies For Live Music

Tathra Hotel's new owner plans to turn the country pub around by putting live music before pokies profits.Tathra, population 2,000,on NSW's south coast, had just 70 poker machines. The Tathra Hotel owned a dozen. However, when Cliff Wallis took over in 2015, he removed the lot. Full story



Gender Barrier Excludes Female Conductors

Nicolette Fraillon, music director and chief conductor of the Australian Ballet, has added to recent commentary on under representation of women in classical music. She says sexist attitudes have presented a barrier to women conductors around the world. Full story




Music Education on the Election Agenda

With the Federal Election looming, now is the time to boost the status of music education on the national stage. Music Australia has released a Music Education Election Statement to drive their advocacy agenda and encourages you to get involved. Full story

US Study Shows Music May Help Language Development
in Babies 

New US research has found a link between musical play and language development in babies. A study at the University of Washington of nine-month-old babies found that musical experience improved their ability to process speech rhythms. Full story

Time to Reconsider the 21st-Century Music Classroom

Another US music education academic is urging a rethink of the way music is taught at schools. Clint Randles at University of South Florida wants to see traditional classroom teaching replaced by music creation, production and recording. Full story





Melbourne Musicians Bring Indonesian Technique to Community

This innovative technique is helping musicians of all levels to create spontaneous experimental music. Full story


Victoria’s Open House Ensemble Invited to Choral Festival in Palestine

A new, community-driven ensemble is taking Australian music to Palestine.
Full story


Queensland Weekend Warriors Club Formed

Based on the successful South Australian Warriors club, presenting regular social evenings and music festivals, a QLD chapter has been formed after a successful Warriors run at The Best Music Shop, Jindalee. The new club will run monthly social nights at the Retro Bar in Kenmore. Next up is 6 July. Read more Weekend Warriors news here.




We still cover all the latest music opportunities. They now have an online home! 


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. Want to share an Opportunity? Then send us an email. 


Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Competitions & Awards:



Paul Lowin Prizes

Entries close 30 Jun

Last offered in 2013, the Orchestral Prize ($25,000) and the Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) - are a continuing testament to the power of philanthropy in fostering new creative works of music. Managed by Perpetual and presented in collaboration with the Australian Music Centre.


Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition 2016

Entries close 30 Jun
The second Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition with the support of a leading Australian Composer as well as over $1500 worth of cash and prizes on offer.

The Isabel Menton Composition Competition

Applications close 1 Jul
Made up of three divisions; Open, Liturgical, Student. Head to the website for information on how to register.


CHASS Australia Prize 2016

Nominations close 30 Jun
The Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) invites nominations for its  Australia Prizes. These Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying or training in the humanities, arts and social sciences.

National Disability Awards Nominations Open

Applications close 30 June
Nominations are now open for projects that that provide evidence of community partnerships, accessible community design, improving participation for people with disability in all areas or in a specific area such as employment, education, health, housing, sports, arts and cultural events are encouraged.

Fine Music 102.5 Young Composer Award

Applications close 15 July
Each year Fine Music 102.5 in collaboration with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, offers young composers up to the age of 30 years, the opportunity to enter an original composition set to a theme for the prospect of winning generous prizes including $5,000 and a world premiere performance for the winning original entry.



Programs, Workshops & Resources


Applications closing soon for these Workshops & Programs:


Performance Reports Workshop 

30 Jun - 12 Jul, National
It’s that time of the year again: time to get paid by APRA AMCOS. If you write your own songs and perform them live, make sure you submit your Performance Reports by 31 July to get your share of live performance royalties.  APRA AMCOS is hosting free Performance Reports Workshops around the country.


APRA AMCOS Starting Ground Workshop for Aboriginal Songwriters

23-24 Jun
Free two-day skills development workshop for up-and-coming Aboriginal songwriters to Gadigal Information Service in Redfern. RSVP: Michael Hutchings at APRA AMCOS to register:  | 02 9935 7874 Places are limited – please book early.

I Manage My Music Workshop

14 Aug, Melbourne
I Manage My Music is a daylong workshop specifically tailored to the needs of the self-managed artist. Our focus is to give participants the tools and confidence to take the next steps in their careers.



Conferences, Seminars & Events


 Conferences, Seminars & Events just around the corner:


Musical Futures 2016 Conference - The BIG GIG

24 – 25 Jun, Melbourne
Most music education conferences are programmed so attendees spend most of their time sitting and listening to presentations. The 2016 Musical Futures Conference is different. Instead of sitting and listening attendees, will have the opportunity to play, sing, compose, arrange, produce, scratch, rap and improvise our way through two days of workshops.

New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2016, Griffith University

11-15 Jul, Brisbane
NIME 2016 is the premier conference focused on design and use of human-machine interfaces and interactions for musical performance. NIME gathers researchers and practitioners for lectures, installations, concerts, and workshops. The theme this year is Musician & Machine.



SAMAG Seminar: Arts Policy and Funding in Turbulent Times

27 June, Sydney Opera House
This seminar will discuss the role of Arts Policy in Government and its implications for the day-to-day lives of individual artists and our arts companies. It will look at the decision making processes of Government and the ways individuals and organisations influence change. With different Governments reflecting wildly different policies for the Arts, how do we navigate a path forward at this time?


Festival of Voices

30 Jun – 17 Jul, Tasmania
Australia's premier celebration of the voice, The Festival brings some of the most respected singers from across Australia and overseas.

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival: Grants and Funding Panel

13 July, Melbourne
The pool of funding available to Victorian artists is greater than ever. Find out about the latest grants available and get some sweet tips on how to stand out in your application.





Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Applications close 27 Jun
The NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships are offered by the State Government to support innovative young artists and arts and cultural workers from regional NSW to undertake a self-directed professional development program in their chosen field.

Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship (Piano)

Applications close 30 Jun
The Scholarship, which recognises the work and achievements of the composer/pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, is awarded every two years to a deserving postgraduate music student to further their careers.

Carclew Career Development Fellowship Program

Applications close 15 July

The annual Carclew career development Fellowship Program will allow an artist or arts worker aged 26 years or under, of any background and experience, to pitch a professional development proposal. In the new program, applicants can propose a program of study or professional development and request financial support ranging from $3,000 – $12,000.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs:

Positive Solutions, Consultancy Administrator 

Applications close 22 June
Positive Solutions is currently seeking a Consultancy Administrator to assist in our busy arts, cultural and non-profit sector consulting company.

triple j, Hack Radio Producer

Applications close 26 June
triple j are looking for a Hack Radio Producer to co-ordinate and produce the daily triple j Hack radio program.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Community Program Officer

Applications close 26 June
Currently have a vacancy for a Community Program Officer who will work closely with the Manager, Conservatorium Open Academy to manage the sale and delivery of the Open Academy programs for children, students, musicians, music educators and the community.

Griffith University, Senior Lecturer Sound  

Applications close 24 June
Griffith University is seeking an experienced Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Sound to join the Griffith Film School.

Monash University, Professor of Music and Head of School

Applications close 28 June
Monash University seeks a dynamic and innovative leader for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.

MONA, Director of Marketing and Communications

Applications close 4 July
The Museum of Old and New Art(MONA)  is seeking a Director of Marketing and Communications, to lead and manage our team of skilled professionals in the provision of communications and marketing services across MONA and Moorilla.

The Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF)

Applications close 4 July

PIAF is seeking to appoint the following postions working on the 2017 festival: Marketing Coordinator, Audience Development Coordinator and Digital Marketing Coordinator Digital Marketing Coordinator

RTRFM 92.1, Music Coordinator

Applications close 11 July
RTRFM is an independent community radio station servicing the Perth metropolitan area is seeking to appoint a Music Coordinator.

Opera Australia, Business Development Manager 

Applications close 4 July
Opera Australia is looking for a Business Development Manager to join the Corporate Development team.


SSO, Stage Manager

Applications close 3 July
Sydney Symphony Orchestra(SSO) is seeking to appoint a Stage Manager for a 17 month contract position.


MSO, Section Principal Horn

Applications close 4 July
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) auditioning for Section Principal Horn

MSO, Principal First Violin

Applications close 15 Aug
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) auditioning for Principal First Violin.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra(SSO) - Principal Clarinet

Applications close:  12 Jul
Audition date: 23 - 24 Aug

SSO is auditioning in August for a Principal clarinet.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community


Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Emerge in Yarra: Common Ground

23 June, Melbourne
An evening of interfaith spoken word and improvised music.  Venue: Richmond Theatrette, 415 Church St, Fitzroy.

Australian Voices – Ricketson

23 June, Melbourne Recital Centre
Join musicians, led by Claire Edwardes, as they apply their creative skills to Damien Ricketson's novel forms.

Hidden Treasurses Winter Music Series

8- 29 July, Freeemantle, Perth
Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series is a month long concert program celebrating all that is special about Fremantle’s historic yet still boundary-pushing music scene.

Chi Udaka Australian Tour 2016 

25 Jun - 6 Aug – National Tour
A collaborative work by Taikoz and the Lingalayam Dance Company. Chi Udaka seamlessly blends the heart- thumping barrage of Taikoz's virtuosic drumming with the sinuous beauty of Lingalayam's Indian dance.

The Star Chorale Opera Spectacular!

17 July, Monash University, Clayton
A selection of popular opera choruses including the effervescent "Brindisi" from La Traviata – presented by the Star Chorale, with Antoinette Halloran (soprano) and Roy Best (tenor) and conducted by Jane Elton Brown OAM.


Musica Viva presents The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge 

17 Jul-4 Aug – National Tour
Experience the transcendent power of one of the world’s greatest choirs. Led by pre-eminent choral conductor Stephen Layton The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge sings with unparalleled brilliance and majesty.

Mark Lanegan Band

23 July, Sydney
Mark Lanegan, the former frontman of iconic US 90’s band Screaming Trees, has redefined the blues with his signature combination of growling baritone vocals and electro, new romantic swagger.

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  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • The Australian Government through the Dept of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
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