Welcome to the MCA eNews 16th April 2014
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This week our National column highlights recorded music. Music is a wonderful performance artform; and it is an equally importantly recorded art form. Despite seismic shifts, there’s no shortage of recordings out there, from grass roots and independent labels, to the national’s top charting artists - what better way to celebrate then at Record Store Day? So do yourselves a favour, get out and buy a fine Australian recording - in whatever shape or type of your choosing – and enjoy!
Our e news is packed with MCA updates, conferences, education programs, resources, and some great links about music advocacy happening internationally and at home. Let us know what you think, and share your news; we’d love to pass it on to our MCA community. Email us at, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we post the latest news, opportunities and events we come across in our daily travels.

Chris Bowen

The Music Council of Australia eNews is divided into 6 sections. Scroll through or, if you wish, click on one of the sections to be taken straight to those stories.


Three Great Classical Innovators in the US

American critic and blogger Greg Sandow has had much to say about the state of classical music internationally, and particularly in his home country. You may have met him when he was out for MCA’s Classical Music Summit in 2010; he has some great provocations.  He has just profiled three great innovators in US classical music. Here is a brief summary, and do follow their stories, they are fascinating:
  • Virginia Paterson attracts attention and full houses for a new music group she runs in New York with her husband Robert, the American Modern Ensemble. Virginia wrote a guest post  for Sandow about her success.
  • In L.A. Sarah Robinson co-heads Classical Revolution and has written what Sandow sees as the definitive study of classical musicians who play in clubs. She also talks about her own experience playing in clubs
  • Also in New York Julia Villagra runs a very successful concert series called Tertulia held in the  city’s restaurants. Sandow notes she has found the perfect blend of a quality classical concert and a good night out. Read her account of how she does it here.

Asia Pacific Music Summit to Build Regional Ties

Eleven heads of leading Asia Pacific tertiary music schools met in Sydney this month for the inaugural Asia Pacific Music Summit.  Co-hosted by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, the Summit aimed to create closer ties between the music conservatories, as well as advance the area as a driving force of music education and culture. Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Dean, Karl Kramer, described the conference as “a unique opportunity to meet face to face with our peers from the region’s top conservatoriums and discuss best practices in music education and performance”. A result of the conference was the establishing of the Pacific Alliance of Music Schools by representatives in attendance. The newly formed PAMS consists of music institutions from Australia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States. Participants also committed to an annual convention hosted by a member of PAMS.


A Great Week for Aussie Music

Brisbane independent band Sheppard hit the number one spot in the Australian charts last week with their single Geronimo – no mean feat given this involved overtaking the phenomenal success of Pharrell Williams’ Happy. And at the same time three Australian acts were in top four album slots on the ARIA charts: INXS, Ball Music and Dan Sultan – congratulations to these great Australian musicians.

Record Store Day Sat 19 April

Get down to your local record store on Saturday 19 April and buy some of your favourite music.  Record Store Day originated in the US several years ago in response to dropping sales and major stores closing. High profile artists came on board, word spread and it has evolved into a unique event. The Australian edition is now in its sixth year, with participating stores across the country offering specials, unique releases and in store gigs.  You can get more information and locate your local store here. We’ll see you there on Saturday to get physical!

Australia Council Continues Support for Labels

Sahara BeckThe Australia Council has announced the latest outcomes of its Recording Initiative. In an interesting and welcome shift, this Initiative, first offered in 2013 and based on some specific research, directs investment at independent record labels.  It recognises the important role labels play as enablers in supporting independent music.  The latest grants see 11 labels share over $400,000 to support new releases by Australian artists. These are: Chapter Music, Future Classic, Head Records, Hope Street Recordings, Mistletone Enterprises, Rice is Nice Records, Split Records, Stop Start, SugarRush, Two Bright Lakes and the Wantok Music Foundation.  Funding recipient Deb Sucking from Brisbane label SugarRush commented that the initiative: "will assist us in the recording and release of new music from Jackie Marshall, Sahara Beck (pictured), Dubmarine and more. With income streams declining for small labels such as ours in the digital arena - to receive this support will enable us to continue to support incredible Queensland artists."  Full details available on the Australia Council Website.

Innovative Partnering of MusicNSW and Alberts

MusicNSW, peak body for contemporary music, and leading Australian independent music rights management company, Alberts, have gone into partnership to develop and manage a co-working space for creative and music related industries. The initiative involves developing and managing a creative and music related co-working space in Alberts’ premises in Neutral Bay in exchange for in-kind office space, utilities, and access to more extensive industry and artist development opportunities. The new space will create much-needed affordable space for the large number of emerging music industry professionals in NSW trading without access to an office, and will connect the industry to a broader network of contacts and opportunities. It will be the first co-share space of its kind in the Australian music industry.


School Music Advocacy Hots Up

With plenty of current school music advocacy action from the NAAE (National Advocates for Arts Education) to The Music Trust’s online petition The Full Deal, we though it timely to look at an important place for advocacy – at a State level. State Governments run and largely fund schools and school music programs, so advocacy here can be really powerful. Victoria’s School Music Action Group (sMAG) has been very active, and is a great example of how to do it in your state. They are currently actively following up on the Victorian Parliamentary Enquiry into School Music Education, encouraging implementation of all recommendations They also list some useful resources on their blog – we wish them well.

Anatomy of Music Series 2014  

In 2014, Musica Viva’s composition and songwriting program Anatomy of Music will reach high school students right across east coast Australia. Anatomy of Music is a composition workshop designed for secondary and tertiary students, this year featuring contemporary chamber ensemble 3 Shades Black. It is a great way to encourage students with little composing experience to break down the psychological barriers of composition and improvisation. No standard music notation is used in this event, so even the beginner musicians can participate. The workshop is on 15 May from Sydney to Hay, Brisbane and Mount Isa. Schools can participate in the host venue, via video conference or through social media. To register your schools to take part visit the Musica Viva website.


Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra


Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra

The newly formed Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra (SCGO) is now holding monthly meetings at the Events Centre in Caloundra. Rehearsals are held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month. This initiative is spearheaded by awarded local composer and guitarist Andrew Veivers. Veivers has had a long-term ambition to create a community based orchestra on the Sunshine Coast. Since 2011, he has worked with the Woodford Folk Festival to establish "The People's Orchestra" model of engagement. SCGO is open to all guitarists of any ability (ability to read music not essential) and draws its repertoire from musical traditions from around the world: Spanish, Appalachian, Irish, Africa, Australian and more. Find out more here.

CMVic's Treetops Music-Making Camp 2-4 May

Community Music Victoria is hosting a music making camp, a fun event that will bring together choirs and street bands, young and old, beginners and old hands. Workshop leaders from all over Victoria will be running a variety of sessions. Click here to book online.

ChorusOz 2014

The Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is inviting people to join 700 amateur singers from all over Australia for two intensive days of singing in June. This will be followed by a concert in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. No audition required!‪ Registrations close 9 May. To find out how to take part click here.




Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships

First awarded in 2011, the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships provide unrestricted grants of $160,000 over two years to individual artists, arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities. Specific outcomes for the Fellowships are not required. The two criteria used to select Fellows are: outstanding talent and exceptional courage. Nominations for the 2014 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships are now open and will close 1 June. Further information and applications here.

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, Exploration Grants

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation in Victoria has opened up its latest round of Exploration Grants, which will offer organisations up to $50,000 per year. "The Foundation aims to increase life opportunities, improve quality of life and promote social inclusion through grant making, working collaboratively and inspiring philanthropy". Applications close 9 May. To view application criteria click here.

The Adelaide Fringe Cultural Fund

Applications for Adelaide Fringe Cultural Fund Grants are now open, providing grants to independent Australian artists presenting their work in the Adelaide Fringe. In 2014, three grants of $10,000 each will be awarded to selected artists to support them in the presentation of their work in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe. Visit the fund website for more details. Applications close 20 June.




Sydney Opera House Calls for Young Composers

Sydney Opera House and the Australian Youth Orchestra have put a call out for Australians aged 12 - 21 to rewrite the Sydney Opera House's fanfare: the short 30-second blast of music that calls theatre-goers to their seats. Eight winning composers will workshop their pieces with composer Nicholas Vines, the Australian Youth Orchestra, and a conductor, who will refine the works. The eight pieces will then be recorded and used. Deadline for submissions 19 May. To find out how to apply click here.

Artist Showcase Submissions AWME

Artist showcase submissions are now open for the 2014 Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME), held in Melbourne in November. Submissions close 2 May. To find out more visit the AWME website.

Asia International Classical Guitar Competition

Founded in 2001 by the Thailand Guitar Society, the Asia International Classical Guitar Competition (AIGF) is the biggest guitar festival and competition in Asia. The competition is open to all nationalities. Deadline for applications is 6 June.  For more information visit the competition website.

Wollongong International Chamber Music Competition

The Wollongong International Chamber Music Competition has been launched, with $20,000 prize money up for grabs for classical ensembles. Closing date for applications is 30 April. Click here to find out more.

The Branimir Slokar Academy – Master classes

The Branimir Slokar Academy is one of the largest cultural and educational non-profit organisations in Europe, one of the three world’s most visited destinations of summer training, for both participants and visiting professors. The academy is inviting 168 participants to 15 master classes running from 13 July - 4 August in Ljubljana. Applications close 15 May. To find out more click here.



Australian Copyright Council National Seminars

Australian Copyright Council (ACC) has announced the dates for its established ACC national seminar program tour opening in Melbourne on 5 May under the 2014 theme of Working with Copyright. It will then proceed to Brisbane in June, Perth in July, and Sydney and Adelaide in September. To find out the dates for your city and to register to attend visit the ACC website.

REMIX Sydney

REMIX is a global summit for the cultural and creative industries bringing together leaders and innovators from across a range of industries to tackle the big ideas shaping the future of the cultural and creative sectors. The summit is on 8 - 9 May at Carriageworks in Sydney. To register to attend visit the REMIX website.

AMAC Convention 2014

Registrations are now open for the 2014 Australian Music Association Convention (AMAC) which is being held on the Gold Coast 9 - 11 August. To find out more click here.

The Music Promotion Conference

The Music Promotion Conference is a live online conference that takes place 24 - 28 June, and enables indie musicians to learn from (and interact with) the top indie musicians and music promotion experts in the world to learn the most up to date music promotion strategies to get more exposure, get more bookings, and promote their music. To find out more visit the conference website.

Arts Activated Conference Call for Presenters

Arts Activated brings together leading thinkers, artists, advocates, practitioners and producers, with and without disability, from across Australia and overseas. Working together to strengthen Australia’s arts and disability sector, Accessible Arts is calling for proposals for papers, performances or workshops that address the 2014 conference theme, Creative Connections. Papers are due 28 April. To find out how so submit a proposal visit the Accessible Arts website.


Vocal Teacher/Choir Director

Tamworth Regional Conservatorium is a highly respected community organisation that has been delivering tuition in the full range of instrumental and vocal disciplines since 1984. The Conservatorium is seeking to appoint an experienced and motivated music educator to teach vocal students of all ages in individual and choir settings at the Conservatorium and in schools.  The position is currently 27 hours per week. Applications close 4 May. To view the position description and to find out find out more visit the conservatorium website.

Operations Manager, ASQ

The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has an exciting opportunity for a talented and experienced arts administrator to join their Adelaide-based team as Operations Manager. Applications close 22 April. To view the position description click here.


Orchestra Manager, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Sydney Symphony Orchestra is looking to hire an Orchestra Manager. Applications close on the 17 April. Please visit the Orchestra website to apply. 

Digital Manager, ABC Music

ABC Music and Events is seeking an experienced Digital Manager to manage, create and increase the digital presence of ABC Music. Applications close 21 April. Visit the ABC Careers to apply.

Music Operations Coordinator, The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet is looking for a Music Operations Coordinator. Under the direction of the Music Director and Chief Conductor, and Director of Orchestral Operations, the Music Operations Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the operational requirements of The Australian Ballet’s Music Department. Applications close 21 April. Click here for more information about the role.

Program Coordinator, ANAM

Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is looking to hire a Program Coordinator to join the Program team, reporting to the Program Manager and assisting the Artistic Director in the coordination for delivery of all Program activity across a number of pathways. Applications close 2 May. To find out more visit the ANAM website.

Senior Radio Manager, Mushroom Group

Mushroom Group is looking for a Senior Radio Manager to join its Mushroom Promotions team located in Melbourne. Applications close 25 April. To find out more click here.

Lecturer, Brass and Trumpet, Griffith University

Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium is looking to hire 2 part time Lecturers, Brass and Trumpet. The positions are primarily teaching positions with the remainder being devoted to research and service. The position will make contributions to the teaching effort of the Conservatorium and will carry out activities to maintain and develop scholarly and professional activities relevant to the discipline. Applications close 17 April. Click here to apply.

Primary Music Specialist, Part-time

Australia and New Zealand's leading Primary classroom music programme, Jellybeans Music, provides high quality, cost effective music education to Pre-School and Primary students. They are looking to appoint an experienced Primary Music Specialist for teaching work in the Melbourne West area. Teaching Fridays beginning Week 1, Term 2. If you are interested in finding out more about the position or to apply email Andrew Robertson at:

Music Teacher, MLC School

MLC School in Sydney is looking to hire a music teacher starting in Term 3. Applications close 2 May. Visit for more information and to apply.

Head of Music, Oxfam UK

Oxfam is looking for person to develop and lead the implementation of a Music Strategy for the organisation. This will involve leading and allocating internal resources and maximising their external impact via the development of events, products, support and strategic partnerships. Success is positioning Oxfam as the charity of choice for music lovers. Applications close 18 April. To find out more visit the Oxfam website.

Musician-in-Residence, UK

Eltham College in South East London is seeking to appoint a passionate and inspiring Musician-in-Residence from September 2014. Applications close 25 April. Click here for more information about the role.

Deputy Repetiteur, UK

Reigate & Redhill Choral Society in Surrey is seeking to appoint an experienced repetiteur. Scope of work may include chorus rehearsals, educational projects, one to one coaching. Applications close 31 May. Click here to apply.
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