Welcome to this month's edition of Music Australia’s eNews, which provides the usual roundup including an election wrap up. In support of National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June) we feature the late Gurrumul’s celebrated final album, the Ntaria Choir, and childhood educators integrating indigenous perspectives.

In other news, we are excited to be hosting our 2019 Contemporary Music Roundtable (CMR) in Sydney next week. Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore will open the event, which is highly appropriate given her support of live music in Sydney. This year’s CMR program aims to build support for actionable outcomes on a few key issues. The program was developed in consultation with national music industry peak bodies and our Contemporary Music Advisory Group. Organisations represented at the Roundtable include: ARIA; APRA AMCOS; Australian Music Association; Association of Artist Managers; Australian Music Industry Network; Australian Festival Association; Create NSW; The Live Music Office; Live Performance Australia; Music ACT; Music NSW; Music SA; PPCA; PWC; QMusic; Sounds Australia; Support Act; The Push Inc; triple J; Victorian Music Development Office; WAM, the Women in Music Awards and more.

Our national education program Music Count Us In is also kicking into gear, with our Songwriting Competition winners working with program mentors John Foreman OAM and Jack River to create this year’s MCUI Program Song, which will be sung by over half a million students around the country on 7 November.

We would also like to flag that 21 June is Make Music Day, which is celebrated internationally, and further information can be found here.

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Paul Saintilan
CEO, Music Australia





Apple Sued by iTunes Customers Claiming Their Listening Data Was Sold to Third Parties

The class action federal lawsuit was filed by U.S based iTunes users who claim that despite the fact that Apple engaged in an ad campaign “touting its supposedly pro-consumer positions on issues of data privacy”, they were also mining and selling person information to third parties. Full story





Election Outcome - The Wait Is Now On For Implementation Details Of The Australian Music Industry Package

The federal election naturally dominated the agenda over the past month, with the sector currently digesting the implications of Labor’s defeat. Attention now turns to the Coalition’s new four year $30.9 million Australian Music Industry Package summarised in our last e-news. We look forward to understanding how key elements of the package will work after stakeholder consultation has taken place over the coming months. Full story



Gurrumul’s Pathbreaking Final Album Collects Numerous Accolades

The Gurrumul Yunupingu’s album final album, the posthumously released Djarimirri, has gathered an extraordinary amount of interest. Pathbreaking in its fusion of Indigenous and Western orchestral traditions, it recently took out the prestigious Australian Music Prize for creative excellence. Full story



Callum O’Reilly Wins Young Composer Of The Year Award

A graduate in composition from WAAPA, Callum O’Reilly has won the 2019 Young Composer of the Year Award. His winning work, Winter Suite for Solo Trumpet and Orchestra, will be performed by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra during Vivid Sydney. Full story





MCUI 2019 Songwriting Workshop A Huge Success!

Our MCUI Songwriting Competition winners got the chance to work with John Foreman OAM and Jack River to create this year’s Program Song, to be sung by over 750,000 students on 7 November. Full story




A Look At ACMF’s Juvenile Justice Music Programs

In addition to its longstanding music programs in schools, hospitals and community centres, the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) is the only music education non-profit currently operating in Juvenile Justice Centres in Australia. Full story




Building Indigenous Perspectives In Preschools

An SBS story highlights the difficulty early childhood educators often face when teaching children aspects of Aboriginal culture including music. We look at the need for inclusivity in the classroom and how ‘us’ versus ‘them’ polarities are to be avoided. Full story



Hip Hop Finding Acceptance As A Vehicle For Music Education

Perth group The Cuddly Koalas is bringing hip hop to preschools and primary schools as an educational tool and agent for promoting positive social relationships. We examine how they and other artists are doing this in classrooms around Australia. Full story




Indigenous Women’s Only Ntaria Choir Reaches Back To Bach

Ntaria Choir from the Aboriginal settlement of Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, have been singing Lutheran hymns in their own languages of Arrente and Pitjantjara in a tradition spanning 130 years. In May they performed Bach at the Canberra International Music Festival. Full story





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:

NSW Regional Pitchfest
Applications close 9 June
The Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest is your opportunity to pitch your business or idea to an audience and expert panel for the chance to win a share of prizes. They are looking for regional Australia's innovators and entrepreneurs.

APRA Professional Development Awards

Applications close 27 June
APRA AMCOS has announced the return of the biennial APRA Professional Development Awards, a career boosting initiative which has helped further the musical success stories of Gotye, Fanny Lumsden, screen composer Caitlin Yeo, Morgan Evans, Ainslie Wills, Nick Drabble, Ngaiire, Briggs and many more.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

Applications close 29 July
Applications are now being accepted for the Country Arts Support Program (CASP), an annual small grants program administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW.

The Louise Crossley Conducting Workshop

28 September, Hobart
Presented by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO), this workshop will enable a maximum of 6 participants to benefit from an intensive workshop with Elena Schwarz, Associate Conductor of the TSO, and an opportunity to work through repertoire with two pianists.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Festival and Conference Opportunities:


3 – 4 July, Melbourne

The global music community will come together againwhen CHANGES returns for its second year at its new home of Abbotsford Convent.

Make Music Day

21 June, Various Locations
Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on the same day. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Make Music Day encourages both amateur and professional music making, and empowers individuals to seek out ways to celebrate and express music in their community.

Gondwana World Choral Festival

15-21 July, Sydney
The greatest gathering of choirs in Australia this century, coming together from around the world and across Australia to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sydney Children’s Choir.




Applications closing soon for these Funding opportunities:

MusicNSW Artist Support Grants

Applications close 17 June
Now open for application, the Artist Support Grant aims to support the creation of original contemporary music in NSW and the presentation of NSW artists in NSW and beyond.

2020 Creative Arts Fellowships

Applications due 19 July
Artists and writers can apply now for a National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grade 2 Music Therapist

Applications close 6 June
This is a Part Time position, working 32 hours per fortnight, based at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, City Campus and Royal Park Campus. 

City of Greater Geelong, Manager Arts and Culture
Applications close 7 June

A great opportunity for you to help shape and drive the future of Arts and Culture in the Geelong Region.

St John’s Anglican College, Head of Music

Applications close 16 June
This is your opportunity to play an integral role in the continued development of their high-quality Music Department.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

15 June – 22 June, Various Locations
Settlement Services International (SSI), Access Community Services and BEMAC are proud to present Homelands, a seven-date collaborative live music tour across Queensland and New South Wales.

Music of the Oud: Joseph Tawadros with the Sydney Symphony
21 June, Online
Breaking boundaries. Tawadros and his oud transport us to parts beyond: Egypt and Australia, the past and the future of music.This event is held in celebration of Make Music Day and will be live streamed.

Damon Smith presents Crazy Arms – A Few Centuries of Piano Tinkering
27 - 29 June, Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne
Crazy Arms – A Few Centuries of Piano Tinkering, is a preposterously zany, musical adventure that spans the origins of the piano from its birth in 1709 through to the 20th century.


Key Supporters 

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