Campaign coverage winds down with two pieces on our post-election advocacy agenda, and we ask is it time for musicians to become more political?

We continue our occasional series on Australian orchestras building new audiences, profiling the work of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

And our Contemporary Music Roundtable is on 3 and 4 August at Sydney’s Customs House. This conference sold out last year, so book now to be sure of your seat at the table.

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Chris Bowen
Music Australia





Wigmore Hall offers free live streaming 

London’s Wigmore Hall has begun making live streams of its concerts available free. Six concerts have been streamed so far. It is a model that departs from the subscription based services offered by commercial streaming platforms. Full story





Going for youth: the ASO

With its new Australian-born principal conductor Nicholas Carter, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has embarked on strategy to project youthfulness, and has started three new concert series to seek out new audiences. Full story 



Is it time for musicians to become more political?

In the aftermath of Saturday’s poll, the small-to-medium arts sector may be no better off than they were a year ago. This might tell us there’s a need for musicians and companies to be more outspoken on arts policy.  Full story



Post election our work for music starts today 

Let’s shelve disappointments and use the benefits of adversity as our impetus to improve recognition and support for music nationally. We can draw on stronger industry cooperation and advocacy to unite all music interests – from today. Here’s how we propose we do it. Full story



Tasmania lights up with Festival of Voices

Tasmania’s Festival of Voices, which claims to be Australia’s premier celebration of the voice, is underway with upwards of 15 choirs from around the country and overseas participating. The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir is making its first appearance. Full story



Property developer rides in to campaign for Brisbane’s live music scene

In Brisbane, faced with the same lockout laws that have severely impacted Sydney’s inner city entertainment precinct, a leader of one of the state’s largest businesses is championing the case for live music. Full story




Music Learning Enhances Language Development in Children

Researchers at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, think they have found a link between learning music and faster language development in children. They found that those who study music have a heightened ability in detecting pitch and rhythms. Full story

Music for Wellbeing in Rural Australia in Babies 

Victorian rural communities are using music to promote and facilitate wellbeing in drought affected areas of the state. Students from Wycheproof P-12 College and Nullawil Primary School are discovering the strengths of their communities through songwriting and performing. Full story




Music Therapy Goes Mainstream in Hospitals

Hospitals all over the world are expanding their music therapy programs. Full story


Beginning Singing Directors Invited to Leadership Day

Prospective singing leaders will learn new repertoire and teaching skills at this educational event. Full story


Music’s Capacity to ‘Change The World’ Explored in Griffith Uni Lecture

Associate Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet tackles the role of music in health, social justice, intercultural understanding, poverty alleviation, environmental conservation and more. Full story




We 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:


Muster Talent Search

Applications close 11 July

The iconic Muster Talent Search is a competition to find and support emerging musical talent from across Australia. Semi finalists are selected by a panel of music industry experts and invited to perform on the Main Stage of the Gympie Music Muster on 26 - 27 of August. Finalists will then be invited to perform on the Main Stage at the Grand Final on 28 August.

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music Busking Competition

Submissions close 25 July
Do you play an orchestral instrument? Are you under the age of 25? The Australian Festival of Chamber Music Busking Competition is for you. To be held on Sunday 31 July at the Cotters Markets in Flinders Street from 9am to 10am. This is your chance to perform in front of international Festival artists, who will judge the competition.


Triple J’s Unearthed High

Applications close 1 August
Unearthed High is annual national competition inviting songwriters and bands from high schools across the country to apply. Having launched the careers of young acts such as Japanese Wallpaper, Snakadaktal and Stonefield, the competition sees the best song entries played on national radio, with winners being flown to the triple j studios to record, remix, or master a track.

Triple J’s Unearthed Indigenous Initiative

Applications close 1 August

This year Triple j has added an Indigenous Initiative to their annual Unearthed High competition. Indigenous artists who apply will be eligible for the major prize draw, with the most successful entry receiving ongoing mentoring from the AAM, plus a songwriting workshop at their school thanks to the APRA AMCOS Songmakers program.


Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 & Awards - Registrations of interest now open

Applications close 11 July

With over $120,000 in prizes and awards available, all music genres are eligible.  An exciting new category will be added for 2016. Open to Victorian residents only, further information will be available early in the New Year.

South Australian Music Awards

Entries Close 31 July

Entries for the second annual South Australian Music Awards (SAM Awards) are now open.

Screen Music Awards

Nominations close 13 July

APRA AMCOS and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers are pleased to invite nominations for the 2016 Screen Music Awards.

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:


Getting more impact from BIG DATA for evaluation and research

13 July, Queensland
A joint event conducted by the Australasian Evaluation Society, The Australian Market and Social Research Society and the Queensland University of Technology to grow the capacity of social research, market research and evaluation by collaborating across networks.

Short course WHS Skill Set for Public Performance and Event Management

Two day short course at St Leonards, TAFE NSW - Northern Sydney Institute. Monday 11 and 18 July, 9.30am – 3.30pm. For contractors responsible for Risk management documentation for Events/ Conferences. Developed by Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE for the Events sector with ACFIPS, the NSW Creative Arts Industry Training Advisory Body. To register: Contact Renata Middlebrook, (02) 9942 3631

Creative Victoria Artists in Schools Information Sessions

13 – 22 July, Melbourne
Creative Victoria's Artists in Schools provides opportunities for professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools. Funding of $10,000 for schools to engage a Victorian artist for approximately 20 days to work with students and teachers on a creative project in any art form. Information sessions in Bairnsdale, Melbourne, Frankston and online in the lead up to the 2017 Artists in Schools funding round opening in August.


Music Short Courses at the CON

Winter term begins 18 July

The Conservatorium Open Academy offers a range of short courses for adults to provide entertaining, challenging and inspiring ways into the world of music and the Sydney Conservatorium’s vibrant culture. Courses include Music Fundamentals, Ear Training and Sight Reading, Composition, Impro Basics, Music Theatre Studio, Sound Recording in the Home Studio.


Tertiary Jazz Pre-Audition Workshop

23 July
For all those budding jazz musicians who are keen to study Jazz at tertiary level at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. This is an invaluable opportunity to find out everything that you need to know about the audition process.


Australian Folk Music

A terrific resource for folk enthusiasts.

Anatomy, a Music Focused Podcast 

A collection of podcasts on Australian contemporary artist and music industry issues.



The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) has developed a new resource to help primary school teachers and students across the country celebrate NAIDOC Week this July. The new resource has been based on ‘Bush Tucker’ – a song by legendary children’s entertainer and ACMF founder, Don Spencer OAMDownload the resource here.



Conferences, Seminars & Events


 Conferences, Seminars & Events just around the corner:


Soundstream Emerging Composers Forum

Score submissions due 29 July
Soundstream Collective invites emerging composers Australia wide to take part in the 2016 Emerging Composers Forum. The final selection of composer commissions will take place during a performance in Adelaide on 30 November. 



Insights into International Genre Events

6 July, Melbourne
Sounds Australia are heading to Melbourne tonight to present a panel and networking session about ‘genre events’ and how they can benefit Australian artists looking to export internationally. The event will feature artists and industry who has used these events regularly and effectively will be sharing their tips.

Free MISS Session: Law and Finance

13 July, Perth
APRA AMCOS and WAM are proud to present the second instalment of 2016’s Music Industry Sundowner Series (MISS). This session will focus on a discussion of dollars and sense in the music industry.

State of the Arts, Culture Club 2016

2 Aug, Sydney
Are the arts in crisis? What does the future hold for creative companies, both large and small? Join a discussion on the changing face of arts funding, the impact of the recent cuts, and the response from artists and arts companies across Australia. The panel will include Michael Lynch CBE AM, Nick Atkins, Lily Shearer and Tamara Winikoff OAM.


The Funding Network Melbourne Event

9 Aug, Melbourne
The Funding Network Melbourne's next event collaborates with Creative Partnerships Australia, KRA wealth management and the City of Melbourne. It will showcase grassroots charities using the arts or creativity to drive social change. Creative Partnerships Australia will generously match-fund donations up to $10,000 per program.


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.

iHearMusic and the Live Music Office present Collaborate!

7 Jul, Sydney 
Collaborate! nights at Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville take place on the first Thursday of each month and feature two artists from the iHearMusic community plus an industry Q & A session. Each artist plays a one hour set and then for the finale, the two artists collaborate by bringing their unique talents together. The first event in this series will feature Kate Lush & Band, as well as all-time legend, Glenn Cardier with his band, The Sideshow.




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


MusicNSW 2016 Opportunity Development Grants Program

Applications close 11 July
Round 1 of MusicNSW’s Opportunity Development Grants are now open. This program supports musicians and artist managers in developing opportunities whilst attending Australian industry conferences, domestic tours, trade fairs and other career defining opportunities in 2016, such as Bigsound, Face The Music, Electronic Music Conference, AWME and more. 


Fremantle Festival Artist Funding

Applications close 31 July
Made possible through their Community Development Funding program, Fremantle Festival has opened up a second round of funding for organisations and artists who would like to present new projects in Fremantle, anytime throughout 2016.

Good Music Neighbours

Applications close 13 July
Good Music Neighbours is a Creative Victoria matched funding opportunity for live music venues to access support to manage their sound attenuation needs. Funding is available on an annual basis and live music venues can apply for up to $25,000 per venue in funding (over the 3 years). The first round will be available in July 2016.

Arts Tasmania Aboriginal Arts Program

Applications close 15 July
Arts Tasmania’s Aboriginal Arts Program is now accepting applications. The aim of the program is to support the growth of contemporary, traditional and non-traditional Aboriginal art forms and practices by Aboriginal artists and organisations. The program focuses on providing professional development opportunities, mentorships and fellowships. Projects must commence after 15 December.  

GRID (Grass Roots Indie Development)

Applications close 24 July
GRID (Grass Roots Indie Development) is an Artist Development program that provides emerging artists with essential skills and recorded material to support them as they work towards a sustainable music career. Currently they are accepting applications from artists/bands from the South Eastern/Frankston/Peninsula region.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs:

Queensland Music Festival, Business Development Coordinator

Applications close 7 Jul
The Business Development Coordinator will be part of a Business Development Team and be responsible for the coordination of departmental systems towards the delivery of the 2017 Festival.

APRA AMCOS, Licensing Representative

Applications close 8 July
APRA AMCOS’ General Licensing Department is looking for an enthusiastic, pro-active and experienced candidate to fill the newly vacant role of Licensing Representative. The role is permanent full-time within the Sydney Office.


Chugg Music, Artist Services Assistant

Applications close 10 July
The artist management and record label division of Chugg Entertaiment is looking for a new assistant to help out with their artist management and label roster. The role will support the Head of Chugg Music, working alongside the broader team on a range of projects including live touring, social media campaigns, label releases and content creation.


Brisbane Powerhouse Programming Coordinator

Applications close 11 July
Brisbane Powerhouse is seeking to appoint a Programming Coordinator to support the Artistic Director to ensure the development and delivery of a curated cultural program balancing artistic integrity and excellence with best possible financial outcomes.

QSO, Assistant Librarian and Artistic Administrator

Applications close 11 July
Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is seeking to appoint an Assistant Librarian and Artistic Administrator

Musica Viva Victoria, Administration Coordinator

Applications close 11 July
Musica Viva Victoria is expanding, and is looking for an experienced, values-driven administrator with flair to join our growing team.


PBS 106.7FM, Marketing and Events Manager

Applications close 11 July
PBS 106.7FM is offering a creative opportunity to proactively contribute to an integral part of Melbourne’s unique music community, and is seeking a Marketing and Events Manager.

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.


PIAF, Program Manager

Applications close 13 July

The Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) is seeking to appoint a Program Manager to work on the 2017 festival.

QMusic, Business Development Manager 

Applications close July 15
QMusic seeks a creative, connected and motivated salesperson with a successful track record in music marketing for a full-time role. The successful candidate must be available to commence employment in time for BIGSOUND 2016 (September 7-9). 

North Regional TAFE, Lecturer Music

Applications close 18 July
North Regional TAFE is the largest provider of training and vocational services in the north of Western Australia, is seeking to appoint a Lecturer Music.

ANU: Head, School of Music

Applications close 18 July
The ANU School of Music is seeking to appoint a Head, School of Music to join the ANU College of Arts.


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 July
Audition date: 23 - 24 Aug

Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is auditioning in August for a Principal Clarinet.

SSO - Principal Flute

Applications close 19 Oct
Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is auditioning for Principal Flute.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

27th Australian International Music Festival

6-8 July, Sydney
World Projects presents the 27th Australian International Music Festival featuring a mixture of choral, wind bands and orchestral groups. This is an annual Festival in Sydney that brings a wide range of groups from all around the world to play in Sydney’s incredible Opera House and other great venues in Sydney.

Parables of Lucid Dreaming – ELISION

13 July, Melbourne Recital Centre
ELISION is Australia’s premiere new music ensemble, comprised of virtuoso musicians living in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Cologne, Bern and Singapore. The musicianship of Tristram Williams, trumpet, Richard Haynes, clarinet (on a welcome return visit to Australia) and Benjamin Marks, trombone, is spectacular and in full flight.

Emily Wurramara

30 June – 17 July - National Tour
Black Smoke is Emily’s debut six-song EP, marked by her deft and confessional songcraft. Emily sings in both English and Anindilyakwa (annen-dilly-yark-wah), the traditional language of her home on Groote Eylandt, NT.

Concertofest 2016 - Surrey Hills Orchestra

7 Aug, Kew, VIC
Surrey Hills Orchestra is a long established, community orchestra. Their upcoming Concertofest 2016 will feature Handel concerto grossi, Crusell Clarinet concerto, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1.

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

15 Aug, City Recital Hall Sydney
Both credited for revolutionising the banjo, together, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are a one-of-a-kind pairing. Fleck and Washburn lend their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles to a diverse repertoire spanning Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues.


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