Just over three weeks until our school music Music Count Us In Celebration Day on 3 November. Look out for our Ambassador John Foreman appearing on Studio 10 this Fri 14 October.

We are pleased music is included as an eligible subject in the proposed VET student loan reforms

We’re not pleased at huge increases in artist visa fees - up to 600% - which the LPA says could stop touring artists from coming to Australia altogether

And we’re delighted to invite all members to our AGM on 3 November where we’ll refresh our Constitution to welcome more voices to Music Australia.

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Chris Bowen CEO

Music Australia





Spotify branches out into music education

In September, Spotify launched an education program in the US. While details are still to come regarding the content of the initiative, the program is being developed by an Advisory Board with an admirable pedigree so hopes are high. Full story 





Music Australia to Welcome More Music Voices with Refreshed Constitution

After over two decades we thought it was high time to dust off Music Australia's Constitution. The AGM on 3 November will vote on recommendations to modernise our rules so they are up-to-date with current law, and provide more flexibility in our membership. Full story



Live Music Office Brings Free Festivals To Western Sydney

Free live music events will be held across Western Sydney as part of the Western Sydney Live and Local Strategic Initiative.  Full story



ARIA Adds New Sales Statistics To Charts Counts

Independent acts are likely to benefit from changes to ARIA Charts, with music sales made via Bandcamp now included. Full story



Classic mistake as Flight Facilities wins at ARIA Artisan Awards?

The ARIA Artisan Awards have been heavily criticised for their decision to award best classical recording to the group Flight Facilities. Its album with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has been claimed by many as not belonging to the classical category. Full story


Become a Music Australia Member Today

Music Australia is rolling out a new membership program.  Not a member yet? We’d love to welcome you aboard. Benefits and services are on our website

We also invite partnerships with music organisations, offering reciprocal benefits. Strengthened memberships enable us to be a stronger voice for Australian music. Sign up as an Individual or Organisational member today



Bring on the National Opera Review

The National Opera Review’s final report was originally to have been delivered by the end of 2015 but was delayed to June this year. Still having not appeared, this lengthy delay can only create uncertainty for the four companies concerned. Full story





Private Music Teachers Left in the Lurch in SA Schools

A new policy to be enforced by South Australia’s Education Department means unregistered music instructors will find it difficult to teach at state schools. It is feared the changes will disadvantage many schools. Full story


How does Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band Rate Educationally?

Another success story in Australian children’s entertainment besides The Wiggles is Sydney jazz combo Lah-Lah. We look at what makes its TV shows distinctive, ask how educationally focused this group is, and consider its future plans. Full story


World’s Biggest Marimba Ensemble descends on southern Brisbane

Oxley State School are a few weeks out from their Guinness World Record Attempt at the ‘World’s Largest Marimba Ensemble’. Coinciding with Music: Count Us In Celebration Day, they are gathering over 100 players from in and around Oxley. Full Story





Singing From Country To Launch At Maldon Folk Festival

Singer-songwriters Neil Murray, Kavisha Mazzella, Carl Pannuzzo and Eva Popov will launch the premiere of Singing From Country at the 2016 Maldon Folk Festival. Over the past few months, they have been working closely with traditional landowners, ecologists and naturalists to develop songs that express, reflect and respond to the land. 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 Competitions & Awards:


Theodore Kuchar Scholarship for Excellence in Music

Applications close 14 Oct
The Theodore Kuchar Scholarship has been developed to support young emerging Townsville orchestral musicians with the costs of tuition and professional development. The Scholarship awards a Year Eleven student with $4,000, to be used to pay for instrumental tuition and/or professional development. The scholarship will be $2,000 per year for two years, paid during Years Eleven and Twelve.

The 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Festa

Closing date 20 Oct
The Chamber Music Festa in Osaka, Japan is a new type of music competition that has no age limit or nationality restrictions, and does not require specific repertoire.

2017 PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission

Applications close 28 Oct
The Commission promotes innovation and excellence in jazz composition, and is open to Victorian jazz composers under the age of 36. The Commission will award $10,000 for the creation and presentation of a new work to be broadcast on PBS and premiered at the  2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF).

Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition

Applications close 31 Oct
Applications are now open for the 2016 Jean Bogan Prizes. The competition is open to all permanent residents of Australia, Applicants can choose between two categories: the main Jean Bogan Prize ($8,000), and the Jean Bogan Youth Prize ($1,500) for composers under 25 years of age as at 30 September 2016.

The Horne Prize

Entries close 31 Oct
Cultural partners since 2014, Aesop and The Saturday Paper are pleased to present a major new essay award, The Horne Prize, valued at $15,000. It will be awarded in late December for an essay of up to 3000 words, addressing some part of the theme ‘Australian life’.


Access Arts Achievement Award 

Applications close 7 Nov
The Access Arts Achievement Award is in its third year in 2016. To apply, please download the guidelines and the application forms. The award is open to all arts disciplines, with funding up to $10,000.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

Little Voices, Big Dreams: Host Your Own Screening of Award-winning Australian Documentary WIDE OPEN SKY 

No child should grow up without music. Available now, Wide Open Sky is an uplifting Australian documentary that shows why no child, anywhere, should grow up without music. Schools, choirs and music groups across the country are hosting screenings of this heart-warming film, as a great way to kickstart a discussion about music education, fundraise for their group, inspire action, or just have a fun movie night with their community. Prepare to fall in love with Wide Open Sky, and head to for more information about how to host your own screening!

Musica Viva Teacher forum: Music and Movement 

13 Oct, Sydney
A practical workshop exploring the concepts of music and how they can be unlocked through movement. Participants will experience a number of different movement and dance activities, highlighting a variety of music concepts, teaching and assessment ideas. Links across the curriculum will be considered, demonstrating connections between Arts curriculum content, Literacy and Numeracy. Each Musica Viva Teacher Forum has 2 hours of BOSTES accreditation.

SEDA College – Music Industry Course Information Session

14 Oct, Sydney
SEDA College in Sydney has developed a music industry course for senior secondary students. The program has been developed in partnership with Musica Viva Australia and 107 Projects. An information evening about this course (starting in 2017) will be help in the morning on Friday 14 October at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern (180 George St, Redfern).

New Music Network presents

2016 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address, Nicole Canham: The Poetry of the Present

26 Oct, Perth; 31 Oct, Sydney; 3 Nov, Melbourne
Performer, artistic director, writer and arts advocate, Nicole Canham, draws upon her unique and expansive creative practice to outline a vision for an inspiring, passionate and connected new music community in this year’s PGH address.

Richard Gill OAM Making Music 

27 Oct, Barragga Bay, NSW
Making Music, with a focus on Preschool to Year 2, is a professional development workshop for educators on the Far South Coast of NSW. Don't miss an energetic, inspirational and uplifting day with Richard Gill OAM, packed with songs, rhymes, dances and games to play with your students to build their skills and confidence in making music.

Hatched Academy

Applications close 11 Nov
Hatched is an intensive music program designed to provide practical experience to the next generation of innovative young Australian performers and composers. The program will help equip you with the diverse skill sets you need to go on to become successful artistic and cultural leaders of the future.

Three Chords and The Truth

14 Nov, Sydney
MusicNSW, SELECT Music & APRA AMCOS present, A double-header songwriting special featuring Josh Pyke & Isabella Manfredi (The Preatures). Hosted by Chris Twite (Sydney Opera House /FBi Radio).


Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

Face the Music 

17 & 18 November, Melbourne

Face The Music provides all people involved in the Melbourne music community with a platform for professional and creative career development. The two day event features presentations, discussions, networking, music-making workshops, and the hottest tips and tools to give your music career the edge. Early Bird Tickets are now on sale. 

Music Australia members receive 10% off 2 day passes. Just email with your member number to receive a discount code.


Buskers by the Creek

15 - 16 Oct, Currumbin Creek, QLD
Gold Coast’s multi award-winning event will be bigger and better than ever with almost 300 performers set to surprise, delight and entertain some 20,000 people along the picturesque shores of Currumbin Creek.

Creative Industries Summit- Expressions of Interest 

EOIs close 19 Oct
Expressions of interest are now open to events and conference suppliers for the delivery of the inaugural Creative Industries Summit. Taking place in Melbourne across two days in 2017, the summit will bring together leading thinkers and practitioners from across the cultural and creative landscape, enabling industry and cross-sector networking, expansion of business  practice, new partnerships and new ideas.

LISTEN Conference 2016

14-16 Oct, Melbourne
LISTEN Conference 2016: Feminist Futures is a three day feminist music conference featuring keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and live performances.

7th World Summit on Arts and Culture - Malta

18 - 21 Oct, Malta
Summit will bring together government and cultural leaders from over 80 countries to explore Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century.

SXSW Artist Submissions for Showcases

Applications close 21 Oct
Australian musicians are encouraged to apply early for showcasing in March at the 31st SXSW Music Festival. SXSW takes place March 10-19, 2017.

WOMEX, Spain

19 - 23 Oct, Spain
WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. The annual five-day event comprises a bustling Trade Fair, Showcase Festival, Conference, and Film programme, as well as festive Opening and Award ceremonies.


Bluesfest 2017 – Artist Applications

Expressions of interest close Oct 31
Expressions of Interest for Bluesfest 2017 are now open, with successful applicants contacted in January 2017.

Western Australian Music Conference

4 - 5 Nov, Perth
With music industry professionals from around Australia and beyond providing industry insights, game-changing knowledge, inspiring directions and a boat load of priceless networking opportunities, the conference is essential for anyone who wants to take their music careers to the next level.




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:

Festivals Australia

Applications close 14 Oct
Regional artists, arts workers, and organisations can apply for arts and cultural activities that encourage community participation and audience engagement from people living in regional and remote communities in a festival or community celebration.

Creative Suburbs, Creative Victoria

Applications close 20 Oct
Creative Suburbs invests in opportunities for Melbourne's outer metropolitan communities to engage with, and participate in, high quality arts and creative experiences. This program is an initiative of the Victorian Government's creative industries strategy, Creative State, and aims to increase participation and access and engage more Victorians in cultural and creative endeavour.

Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships

Applications close 24 Oct
The Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships Program supports young and emerging Brisbane artists and artsworkers aged between 17 and 30. The program aims to develop creatives who wish to join national or international training and development programs through participation in: training programs, mentorship, structured experiences.


Applications close 31 Oct
The Unified Grant comprises of five x $5000 grants, available to passionate people to help them realise their dreams. The goal of The Unified Grant is to foster the next generation of driven young creatives who want to work in music but don’t play an instrument: photographers, producers, videographers, web developers, graphic designers, journalists, app builders, data analysts and all the other disciplines that haven’t yet come into focus.


Applications close 9 Nov
FAULT LINES, a landmark talent development and commissioning programme supported by Arts Council England through its Ambition for Excellence scheme. FAULT LINES will support the creation of new works by artists and practitioners which contribute to the dialogue between technology, innovation, culture and society. The programme will encourage work across artforms and sectors, exploring specifically how artists can have an impact on innovation in the technology sector. Applicants must be UK based or UK nationals based abroad.

City of Sydney Accommodation Grants

Applications due 21 Nov
The City of Sydney’s accommodation grants program facilities include a diverse range of buildings and spaces that vary in size, location and function. Under the accommodation grants program, the City leases community facilities or space within facilities at no charge or at a reduced rate.

Arts ACT, Out of Round Funding 

Applications close 19 Dec
Artists based in the ACT are now able to apply for funding to undertake significant interstate or overseas arts opportunities. Grants of $500 - $2000 are available to cover costs directly associated with the activity, including travel, accommodation and registration fees.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:




Penrhos College, Head of Music – Perth

Applications close 17 Oct
Penrhos College  is seeking to appoint a Head of Music. The Head of Music will lead a large group of peripatetic instrumental and voice tutors in this important area of the School's Curriculum. The School's Piano Accompanist, Teacher/Choir Director and Music Administration Coordinator are also members of the Department.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Director of Development

You are a highly experienced senior development/fundraising professional with a strong affinity for, or experience in the cultural, arts, or similar entertainment industries. Your background covers both traditional philanthropic fundraising, as well as demonstrated success with corporate partnerships and grants. You are a passionate mentor and are comfortable leading a small team.

Manager Arts and Culture, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation

Applications close 20 Oct
The Arts and Culture functional area is responsible for overseeing key artistic events to be delivered for the GC2018 - specifically the Arts and Cultural Festival on the Gold Coast. The successful candidate for this role will have experience in a similar role within complex organisation.

Port Pirie Regional Council, Arts & Cultural Facilitator

Applications close 21 Oct
This is an opportunity for a creative, energetic and experienced individual to cultivate Arts and Cultural opportunities in the Port Pirie, Mid-North and Yorke Peninsula region. In partnership with Country Arts SA you will be able to engage with the community, support artists, festivals and events unique to our region.

Sydney Youth Orchestra, Development Coordinator

Applications closing 21 Oct
Sydney Youth Orchestra is seeking to appoint a development coordinator to joint their team.

Clarinet and Saxophone Teacher, Riverina Conservatorium of Music

Applications close 28 Oct
The Riverina Conservatorium of Music (RCM) is looking for a clarinet/saxophone teacher to join the growing reeds team. This Permanent Part-Time position involves teaching clarinet and saxophone students of all ages and abilities, in individual, group and ensemble situations. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will expand this position to full time.




Australian Chamber Orchestra, Principal Viola

Applications are invited for this full-time salaried position. The Australian Chamber Orchestra has an annual season of over eighty performances throughout Australia as well as a regular overseas touring schedule. Position comes with the use of a 1610 Maggini instrument.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Second Trombone

Applications close 31 Oct
Candidates must be available 12-13 Dec for auditions.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster

Expressions of interest close 15 Nov
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has two Concertmasters who both lead the Orchestra throughout the year. SSO is seeking a musician of outstanding ability for one of their Concertmaster positions, leading the Orchestra for 8-12 weeks annually, commencing in 2017/18.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tutti  Violin

Applications close 18 Nov
Recorded auditions are to be received by Tuesday 22 November 2016. Auditions will be held in Perth on Tuesday 29 November 2016.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Principal 2nd Violin

Applications close 18 Nov
Recorded auditions are to be received by Monday 21 November 2016. Auditions will be held in Perth on Monday 28 November 2016.

Orchestra Victoria, Section Principal Harp

Applications close 22 Nov
Orchestra Victoria is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Australian Ballet. As well as serving as performance partner to The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera, Orchestra Victoria produces its own concert performances around Melbourne and regional Victoria.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

The Song Company's 2017 Subscription Season

Feb – June 2017
Tickets are on sale for The Song Company's 2017 Subscription Season, a new season of thought-provoking music-making. With music made and moulded in Australia as well as sounds embedded in a shared global culture, join The Song Company as they dare to reconcile the clash of cultures and worldviews in sublime and unique vocalisations – songs beyond words.

Ancient Rain: Paul Kelly and Camille O’Sullivan with Feargal Murray

14-15 Oct, Melbourne
The words of great Irish poets are given new breath in this premiere collaboration between two inimitable artists. The poetry of W. B. Yeats and his countrymen has an inherent musicality and this quality shines through in Ancient Rain.

Gillian Moorman Group

16 Oct, Perth
Taking jazz standards and pop classics from Billie Holiday to Steely Dan and adding a contemporary and original flavour, join Gillian Moorman, Alex Borthwick, Manoli Vouyoucalos and Pete Evans for an exciting mix of jazz, funk and blues.


Say Goodbye Ruby Tuesday to Honour Carol Lloyd

20 Oct, Brisbane
A concert to farewell and raise funds for one of Australia’s music greats, Carol Lloyd, who sadly won’t be with us much longer. Featuring Katie Noonan and her band george, Kate Miller-Heidke, Troy Cassar-Daley, The Kransky Sisters and more.

Butterfly Modernism: Architecture in Music

26 Oct, Melbourne
The Melbourne Recital Center presents a concert of music by award winning composer Eve Duncan. The concert explores parallels between the mathematics of iconic modernist coastal architecture and the mathematics of music.



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