In news just in our tremendous export initiative Sounds Australia has missed out on Catalyst funding. Read the APRA AMCOS release here, and support their petition here.

The federal budget has little news for the arts, although cuts to community radio are a concern; read our roundup here. Commentator Stephen Cassidy reflects on the stasis and sketches an inclusive vision we rather like.

And we report on the curious Catalyst Fund which has now announced double its funding!

We launch a new occasional series looking at Australian orchestras building new audiences, kicking off with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.   Book your tickets for our 12 June Indie Classics seminar at Vivid, and read our latest coverage of classic innovation from San Francisco’s Soundbox.

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Chris Bowen
Music Australia




San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox a hit with young audiences

San Francisco Symphony has transformed its rehearsal space into a late night venue called SoundBox, where musicians play an eclectic mix of music to younger audiences. Its second season just concluded with music by Zappa, Ted Hearne and Purcell. Full story


European opera houses apparently no place for young Australian singers

Young Australian opera singers face significant attitudinal barriers that prevent them gaining positions in Europe, according to a forthcoming Churchill Fellowship report by David Barnard. This follows a study tour to opera houses in Germany, France and Italy.  Full story





Catalyst curiously disperses double its dollars all at once

In a far cry from our previous concerns that the Federal Government’s new arts funding program wouldn’t spend all the money in the first year – they’ve actually dispersed double! We investigate this curious situation. Full story



Treasurer, arts are central to everyday life, why doesn’t funding reflect it?

Thousands in the arts and culture sector have been affected by the Budget, and will be further affected by decisions by politicians of all shades of grey in the coming months. Somewhere in the noise and dust, Australia’s arts and culture future may well be lost. Full story



What does the Federal budget means for Australian music?

Budget night came and went, and the arts community sighed in relief, it could have been worse.  Since when is slightly less investment good news?  We share a roundup of arts budget responses from industry and politics. Full story



MSO achieved record attendances in 2015, but profits down

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra achieved record attendances in 2015 of just over 330,000. Highlights included world premieres of 17 new Australian works. While box office was up, increased operating costs did result in a year-end deficit. Full story



How WASO tackles audience challenges in a big state

Operating in a state of 2.6 million square kilometres, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra reaches out to its far-flung audiences via a range of live broadcast platforms. Communities even in the Pilbara region are able to hear its performances.  Full story



Roundtable to Create Strategies for Women in Electronic Music

Six prominent female music industry figures, brought together by MusicNSW and EMC, are ready to take action. Full story



Aussies Win Big In ISC Music Competition 

The prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC), based in the US has announced its 2015 winners, including several Aussies. Full story




Celebrating NAIDOC Week with Music

The Australian Children’s Music Foundation is encouraging all Australian schools to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2016. They have prepared a resource for teachers that combines singing, visual art and the creation of a bush tucker garden. Full story

Build Your Own Arts Business – Free Short Course for Sydney arts professionals

A short free course for Sydney based arts professionals wanting to build their business and marketing skills is being offered in June. Designed for professional artists in the performing arts – independent dance artists, musicians, actors. It has been developed in response to industry calls for tailored training in arts business and marketing. Full story

ANU School of Music needs to boost student numbers to be viable

A Discussion Paper on the future of ANU’s School of Music has been handed down, identifying a need to raise undergraduate and postgraduate student numbers to maintain the School’s sustainability. Full story



Budget 2016 Funding Cuts Threaten Community Radio in Five Cities

Community Broadcasting Association Australia has launched a public campaign, calling on the Federal Government to reverse cuts announced in the 2016 Budget. Full story

Paul Kelly reaches out to musicians in need with Support Act

The legendary Australian songwriter will be honoured with the 2016 Excellence in Community Award, and lends his suppport to a key fundraiser. Full story




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Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Competitions & Awards:



Fanfare Competition – CLOSING SOON
Registrations close 23 May
8 young artists + 8 compositions = Sydney Opera House 

Open to young people aged 12-21 years to write a short 30 second composition to assist calling people to their seats at the Sydney Opera House.

The Big Splash Band Competition 

Applications close 20 May

WAM is proud to support The Big Splash Band Comp 2016, now open for entries. Entrants are to be West Australian residents, who compose and perform original music, and are unsigned.

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.

Paul Lowin Prizes

Nominations close 30 Jun
Last offered in 2013, the Orchestral Prize ($25,000) and the Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) are a continuing testament to philanthropy in fostering new creative works of music. Managed by Perpetual and presented with the Australian Music Centre.

Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition

Applications close 13 Jul
Entries are now open for the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition. Thanks to Alberts and APRA AMCOS, songwriters have the chance to win up to $50,000 and be held in the esteemed company of previous winners Megan Washington, the Preatures, Kimbra and Husky Gawenda.


National Indigenous Music Awards

Entries Close 17 Jun

The National Indigenous Music Awards recognise excellence, dedication, innovation and outstanding contribution to the Indigenous Music Industry. Nominations are open to the general public for releases between July 2015 – June 2016.


NT Song of the Year Awards

Entries close 27 May
To celebrate the fifth year of the Northern Territory’s premier celebration of songwriters – the NT Song of the Year Awards – MusicNT introduce two new award categories, judged by over 50 Australian music industry leaders.


CHASS Australia Prize 2016

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

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

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, further information will be available early in the New Year.  


Programs, Workshops & Resources


Applications closing soon for these Workshops & Programs:


We Run This: A Conversation With Australia's Independent Arts Sector
27 May

Is Australia’s independent arts sector equipped to shape the future of resilient communities? How do they assist cities to prosper culturally and financially? We Run This is equal parts rigorous discussion and a celebration of the ideas developed by Australia’s Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs).


Voice Works: enhancing vocal control, communication & care 

14 May
This practical skills-based workshop at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music provides teachers, professionals and enthusiasts with the fundamentals of how the voice works, how  to use it better and look after it. It will also benefit students whose career path requires confident vocal use. Accredited by BOSTES.

JMC Academy Open Days

Mel: 14 May, Bris: 21 May
Are you still undecided about how you want to spend the next one to two years of your study time? Do you want a preview of what the next two years might hold? This is your opportunity to get to know JMC Academy!

Cultural Infusion – Indigenous Programs

Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration, taking place between 27th May and 3rd June. It commemorates the anniversary of the 1967 referendum, recognizing and acknowledging Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders and their culture. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Indigenous Australia with one of our engaging programs at your school in 2016.


Conferences, Seminars & Events


 Conferences, Seminars & Events just around the corner:


FEEDBACK: A Music Conference For Young People, Sydney
13 Jun

Developed to help young people get a leg up in the highly competitive music business, FEEDBACK is a jam-packed day of music industry insider info.

Classical: Next – Rotterdam, Netherlands

25–28 May

The Global meeting of art music innovators. Australian stand and presence with Sounds Australia, and special discounts for Australian delegates. Contact us at Music Australia for more information

Arts Access Australia Meeting Place 2016, Adelaide

27 May 
Meeting Place brings people interested in arts and disability together to generate real conversations, explore the distinctive nature of the sector and share brilliant artistic works.


REMIX Sydney

2-3 Jun
From the Creators of, REMIX explores the intersection between Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship. Tackling the big issues facing the cultural sector through our Global Summits and Academy training.

Musical Futures 2016 conference – The BIG GIG, Melbourne

24–25 Jun

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.


AAM Panel Session for Artist Managers - The Manager and Artist Relationship Panel
24 May

This Brisbane event is one of many run by AAM nationally and aims to bring together both current and aspiring artist managers.

Indie Classics – What will classical and art music look like in the future?
12 Jun

A seminar with Vivid Ideas, supported by APRA AMCOS. We continue our exploration of the future of classical music with a top notch panel and special guests, sharing ideas, practice and new ground.



Make Music Day Sydney
21 Jun

Make Music Day Sydney encourages the participation and support of live music. As part of International Music Day, Sydney will be hosting various events and celebrations across the city. Find out how you can participate.

Brisbane International Singers Festival 2016, QLD

3-5 Jun
The Festival is open to all community and school choirs and individual singers with amazing opportunities to sing in the Festival showcase concerts and massed choirs.

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2016

9-13 Jun
 Register your interest to workshop with Kirby Shaw, sing in any of our fabulous Festival events or feature your choir at Melbourne International Singers Festival 2016!




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:

Churchill Fellowships – closing soon

Applications close 15 May

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust provides opportunities for Australians to travel overseas in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence. No prescribed qualifications are required and any subject can be pursued provided a benefit to Australia is evident.


Bundanon Residency Program 2017 - Applications now open

Applications close 21 Jun

The Artist-in-Residence program at the Bundanon site was initiated in 1993 and is the largest such program in Australia, hosting around 300 artists each year on both our Bundanon and Riversdale sites.

Image credit: Keith Deverell | Bundanon Trust Residency

APAM International Presentation Program

Applications close 23 May
The Australia Council is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) to our APAM International Presentation Program. This program provides funding for international presentation opportunities arising from the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) 2016.  

Marrickville Council - Independent Artist Grants

Applications close 1 Jun
This grants program encourages local emerging artists to maintain an independent arts practice. These grants may be suitable for applicants staging a Sydney Fringe Festival performance.

Indigenous Languages and Arts Program

Applications close 13 Jun
The Indigenous Languages and Arts program (ILA) provides funding for projects and organisations that support participation in and maintenance of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs:

The Auckland Arts Festival - Artistic Director

Applications Close 13 May
The Auckland Festival Trust is looking for a new Artistic Director. Working with the Board and Chief Executive, this is a rare opportunity for an inspiring artistic leader with vision and drive.

International Art Space - Program & Communications Manager

Applications close 16 May
International Art Space is seeking an enthusiastic and ambitious Program & Communications Manager to take on a pivotal role delivering their innovative Australian and international arts programs.


Green Music Australia, Outreach Campaigner

Applications close 16 May
Green Music Australia is seeking an Outreach Campaigner to work for 12 months to build their campaign to rid the music scene of the scourge of throw-away plastic water bottles.


Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre - Research Fellow

Applications close 26 May
Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre are now in active pursuit of the crucial Research Fellow position for their  ARC Linkage collaboration Making Music Work.

University of NSW – Lecturer in Music (Sonic Arts)

Applications close 23 May

The appointee will teach in Sonic Arts and other relevant Music courses, leadership of the Sonic Arts stream, supervision of research students, and is expected to undertake and produce high level research or creative work in a relevant field.

Arts Centre Melbourne - Executive Producer, Presenter Services

Applications close 29 May
The Arts Centre Melbourne is seeking to appoint an Executive Producer – Presentation Services to join the senior executive team.

Mad On Music - Music Teacher

Applications close 30 May
Mad On Music are seeking an enthusiastic Music Teacher to run their music program designed for Melbourne's Primary School students.


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

The Muses Trio  - The Spirit and the Maiden, Boggo Road Gaol, QLD

14 May, Boggo Road Gaol, QLD
The Muses Trio are some of Australia’s leading and most exciting musicians in contemporary classical music, known for their edgy, spine tingling and virtuosic performance style, are launching their  debut CD, The Spirit and the Maiden, with a rare performance at Boggo Road Gaol inside the former women's prison.

Beer & Beethoven, Queensland Symphony Orchestra – QPAC Concert Hall, QLD

20 May
QSO and 4ZZZ, proudly partnering with Newstead Brewing, present the first QSOSundowner event. A harmonious combination!

Let's get MZAZA to Europe!

by 30 May
Crowd funding campaign by Brisbane world music band - Music with Mediterranean influences, Balkan rhythms, flamenco guitar, French vocals… heading back to their roots for their first European trip.


Ignite - Symphonic Dance Anthems, City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

5 Jun
We're assembling an orchestra, singers, electronic musicians, lights & lasers to recreate some of the biggest & best dance anthems from the 90s to today!

Thelma Plum

3 Jun, QLD & 10 Jun, VIC
Gamilaroy woman Thelma Plum is an Indigenous singer-songwriter who captured the hearts of Australians when her first demo ‘Father Said’ won Triple J’s Unearthed competition in 2012.


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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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