Last fortnight we witnessed over 30,000 people flock to Byron Bay Parklands to experience Splendour In The Grass. Australian artists were given the opportunity to showcase their work and the lineup this year was arguably one of the best to date with national and international titles bringing waves to the music scene.

According to many who attended the event, it was an outstanding festival delivering a wide range of genres, from the indie soulful tunes of Angus and Julia Stone, to the rock tunes of Henry Rollins, as well as showcasing musicians just starting out in the industry. Let’s applaud another exceptional Australian festival delivering outstanding Contemporary music to thousands.

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Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
CEO, Music Australia





All Aboard the Singalong Shuttle

This unique taxi service is offering to let passengers ride for free, but there's a musical catch. Full story





Australian Made Label Campaign Aims to Boost Exposure for Local Acts

Would you be more inclined to buy a record if you saw an ‘Australian Made’ sticker on the cover? Last week at IndieCon, Nightlife Music launched Australian Played, a new campaign which will see home grown releases displaying a sticker similar to those used on food products. Full story



Digital Sets in Opera: Aida Is Probably Just the Beginning

Opera Australia’s current production of Aida heralds a new era in which digital sets will undoubtedly be used again by that company and other opera companies in Australia. However, overusing the technology risks a backlash from audiences. Full story



Music Meets Birdcall, the Australian Way: Where Song Began

Inspired by Tim Low’s book Where Song Began on Australian birds comes an innovative concert project by violinist Simone Slattery and cellist Anthony Albrecht that combines birdsong and other elements. The result is an immersive experience unlike conventional classical music presentations. Full story



Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra

We reflect on this unique chamber orchestra ensemble. Full story



Music Makers Club at ArtPlay - Special Offer

An interesting five-week music workshop series for 9-12 year olds starts this Saturday 4 August in Melbourne! Teach young people how to experiment with sound, make instruments, perform together and meet new friends at Music Makers Club at ArtPlay. You can be brand new to playing or a real pro - bring your instrument or play one of theirs. ArtPlay are offering Music Australia e-news subscribers 50% off the series for the first 3 people to contact ArtPlay on – simply quote promo code MMC.




The Benefits of the Musica Viva Schools Program

Musica Viva’s In Schools program is probably the largest music teaching program anywhere in the world in terms of its geographical reach. It engages 15 travelling ensembles and is designed to work in schools with or without specialist music teachers. Full story


Empathy May Change How You Listen To Music

People with higher empathy use different parts of their brains to process music when compared to less empathetic people. Full story




Council Initiative Transforms Libraries into Music Studios for Young People 

Over the school holidays in July, Tomaree Youth Community Action and Port Stephens Council joined forces to create a new opportunity for young people in the region to learn how to DJ. 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.

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Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

Arcadia Winds Composition Prize
Applications close 7 August
The Arcadia Winds Composition Prize aims to support and encourage young Australian composers to write for the wind quintet, and wind instruments.


Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition

Applications close 15 August
Composers younger than 40 years can submit pieces for piano that are suitable for children and young adults.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

MusicNSW Presents Plan For Your Success

11 August, Sydney
Career coach and musician Jess Pollard will teach you a simple framework to put your own big decision, music project or aspiration under the microscope and look through different lenses to identify your best moves going forward.

Emerging Music Teachers Workshop

21 August, Brighton
Are you a graduate music teacher or are in the first few years of a teaching career? Do you want support from other experienced teachers? Would you like to share your ideas in a stimulating discussion with like- minded educators and musicians?


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


Newcastle Music Festival

2 – 19 August, Newcastle

A festival based in Newcastle featuring local musicians sharing the stage with inspiring guests.

Engaging Students with Disability Forum

14 - 15 September, Sydney
Discover how dance, music, theatre and visual arts can unlock your students’ learning. This two-day forum offers teachers, families and artists practical ways to build creative skills, exchange ideas and share inspiration to embed creative arts learning in classroom practice.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


NSW Country Arts Support Program
Applications close 3 August

Eligible activities include workshops, exhibitions, performances, artist-in- residence programs, and public art and design projects.

Arts South Australia Artist Fellowship

Applications close 6 August
A Fellowship is an opportunity for an established independent artist to secure significant funding towards the advancement of their professional career and arts practice.

Stefan Kruger Scholarship

Applications close 10 August
The Fine Music 102.5 Kruger Scholarship assists young, outstanding individuals further their career in their chosen field of music. This annual scholarship is made possible through the generous bequest of a passionate music lover.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



Moogahlin Performing Arts, Assistant Producer
Applications close 6 August

Moogahlin Performing Arts is a leading NSW First Peoples arts organisation that produces local, regional, national, and international projects.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Program Manager

Applications Close 13 August
Melbourne International Jazz Festival is looking for a dynamic, agile thinker with an eye for details to join our core team as Program Manager.

MusicACT, Program Manager

Applications close 17 Augus
MusicACT, the peak body for music in the Canberra Region, is looking for an experienced and passionate Program Manager to improve ACT’s music capabilities and vitality in the next 12 months.



The Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Principal First Violin

Applications close 13 August
Auditions for both positions will be held on 27 August. Applicants are required to be available for the whole day and an accompanist will be provided.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Andrew P Street’s Literary Singalong

25 August, Melbourne

Join Andrew P Street with Dave Graney, Christopher Hollow and Jenny Valentish for a chat about the connections between music and words.

Extended Play
25 August, City Recital Hall, Sydney
A 12-hour festival of new music that will take place across multiple spaces featuring mostly Australian artists.

Broken Heel Festival
7-9 September, Broken Hill
Desert, disco and plent of divas darlings. Broken Heel features headline performances from our nation's best cultural personalities plus DJ's Showgirls, Bio Queens, Drag Queens & Drag Kings representing every corner of Australia's diverse community.


Key Supporters 

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