It is with some sadness that I have to inform our readers that our Director of Engagement, Cara Anderson, is finishing up her time here at Music Australia after four years. Fans of classical music will be delighted to hear that Cara will be the General Manager for Limelight Magazine. All of us at Music Australia would like to acknowledge with gratitude the vast contribution Cara had made to the organisation during her time.
Congratulations Cara! Music Australia wishes you every success in your new endeavours.

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Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
CEO, Music Australia





Queensland Artists Win Big In Unsigned Only Music Competition

20 Australian musicians have been acknowledged as winners in the US based 2018 Unsigned Only Music Competition. Full story





APRA AMCOS Strikes Landmark Deal with Social Media Giants

APRA AMCOS has finalised an agreement with Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger which will see songwriters remunerated for the use of their music copyrights on these various social platforms. Full story



Whiteley Looks Set to Rock the Opera World

In 2019, Opera Australia will stage the new opera Whiteley with music by Elena Kats-Chernin. Act 1 is now finished and we speak with OA artistic director Lyndon Terracini about how this landmark opera is progressing, along with its significance. Full story



Defying Classical and Other Boundaries: Ólafur Arnalds

Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds has been variously labelled as ‘neo-classical’, ‘indie classical’ and ‘post-classical’, but his stylistic range also extends into pop, hip-hop and electronic dance music. We chat with him about his work ahead of his Australian tour. Full story




Electronic Music Conference (EMC) heralds a new era in 2018, introducing a number of exciting changes to the annual conference and electronic music events program held 14 - 15 November in Sydney. Music Australia members are entitled to 20% off Electronic Music Conference tickets, if you are already a member simply contact us to receive your discount code. Not yet a member? Sign up here





Get Signing With The Auslan Translation

Each year the Music: Count Us In program song is translated into Auslan by staff and students from Thomas Pattison School in Sydney. Here’s how they do it. Full story




New SA Award for Young Chamber Musicians

Chamber Music Adelaide, representing seven chamber music organisations in SA, has launched the CMA Young Artist Award to assist emerging musicians by offering a $3,000 cash prize and opportunities for early professional development. Funding comes from philanthropic support. Full story




‘One Song’ Released To The World

For the first time in the history of Music: Count Us In, the program song is now available to download and stream online. Full story




Wollongong and Newcastle Lead the Charge in NSW Parliamentary Inquiry

As the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Music and Arts Economy continues, Wollongong and Newcastle are being held in high regard for their success in resurrecting their night time economies and fostering their cities as cultural hubs. Full story



Groundwater Country Music Festival

The huge popularity of country music, artists, bands and festivals and the versatility of the line ups attract enormous audiences of all ages around the country. Groundwater is one of the less established festivals but is growing into a landmark event. 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


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

UpStart Singer-Songwriter Award
Applications close 31 August
The UpStart Award is an annual grant of $10,000 to an emerging Victoria singer-songwriter. The award is funded by a music loving family in Melbourne and the winner will be decided by a panel of local artists and music experts.


Ruby Awards

Nominations close 10 September, South Australia  
Festivals, young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists will be among those to be honoured with new specific awards as South Australia’s Arts and Culture Ruby Awards are revamped for 2018.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

All Girl Electronic

Applications close 3 September
All Girl Electronic is a free electronic music production workshop program for female, transgender and non-binary youth from Western Sydney. No experience is necessary.

Developing a Career in Music

8 September, Queensland
In this exclusive 90-minute Q & A session you will learn how to take the first steps towards developing a career in the music industry.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


4 September, Brisbane

Australia’s four-day international music industry gathering is back taking place in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Artist applications are now open. Music Australia members are entitled to $100 off Bigsound tickets, simply contact us for your discount code.

EMCPLAY Artist Showcases

Applications close 5 September
Calling all electronic artists, promoters, collectives and labels! Electronic Music Conference (EMC) has opened applications for artists wanting to showcase at EMCPLAY. Music Australia Members are entitled to 20% off tickets to EMC. Contact us to receive your discount code.


Music Education Expo

23 September, South Australia
An event for all music educators from all sectors to gather, network and hear about our industry.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Aboriginal Arts Grants Program
Applications close 6 September

The Aboriginal Arts Grants Program supports the long-term growth and sustainability of Aboriginal arts and culture in Western Australia.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Individual Artists

Applications close 11 September
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust offers grants of up $10000 to assist talented early career artists to undertake professional development, usually overseas.

Grant McLennan Fellowship

Applications close 17 September
The Fellowship will consist of an award of $25,000 to a Queensland based contemporary songwriter or songwriting duo.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Music Australia, Communication and Marketing Coordinator

Applications close 28 September
Music Australia is looking for a Communications and Marketing professional with all-round project experience with funding, stakeholder engagement, planning and development, sponsorship and not-for-profit administration. 

KickArts, Director
Applications close 5 September

KickArts is seeking an energetic Director who will embrace all the exciting opportunities this rejuvenated contemporary space will provide.

VIVID Lights, Curator and Technical Management Services

Applications close 5 September
Destination NSW is seeking an itemised quotation for the provision of the following services for Vivid Sydney 2019, with an option to renew for Vivid Sydney 2020.

Abbotsleigh School, Music Teacher

Applications close 10 September
Abbotsleigh School seeks an experienced, well-qualified, engaging and enthusiastic secondary school Music Teacher to join their dynamic music department.


Box Hill Institute Music Auditions (Voice)

Auditions held 6 September
Ensure you bring the Audition Program sheet which must be printed out and filled in and brought on the day and can be downloaded from the above link.


Create NSW Musicians Survey

Entries close 30 September
Create NSW has developed a survey to collect vital information from NSW musicians and their representatives to assist in the development of a Contemporary Music Strategy for the State. This survey aims to learn about the experiences and perspectives of musicians living and playing music in NSW. You are invited to participate. 





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

ABC Classic Kids: Music for The Dreaming

Daily sessions until 31 August, Sydney Opera House

An immersive introduction to live classical music and storytelling created especially for young children.

Hockey Dad
8 September, Enmore Theatre, Newtown
The Hockey Dad ‘Join The Club’ tour is the next chance for fans to witness best mates Billy Fleming and Zach Stephenson bring the charged riffs, anthemic vocals and punk style drums with their energetic live show.

Spel by Ensemble Offspring
11 September, Subiaco Arts Centre, Perth
Tura presents a night of adventurous new music with Sydney’s Ensemble Offspring at Subiaco Arts Centre. Performing a hard-hitting program of all-female works, the concert explores nostalgia, adventure, love and life. A new chamber music program with world premieres from Kate Moore and Missy Mazolli, as well as works by Andrea Keller and Felicity Wilcox.


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