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Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition
Applications close 15 February

Songwriters worldwide are invited to enter to go into the running for a first place cash prize of $50,000, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG.

SHSO Composer Competition
Applications close 28 February
Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra (SHSO) has announced a new competition for composers to make an original orchestral work.

Americana Music Prize
Entries close 2 March
Are you an aspiring artist in the Americana/Alt-Country/Roots music space? Then this might be the prize for you offering a unique career-boosting opportunity to record at Australia’s newest high-tech recording studio, with one of Australia’s leading producers, a professional photoshoot, artwork design, a written bio, and receive A&R, management, touring consultation and advice.

ABC Young Performer of the Year Awards
Applications close 6 March
ABC Young Performers Awards, are Australia’s most prestigious competition for young classical instrumentalists. The awards, long recognised for their reputation for launching international careers, are hosted by ABC Classic FM and the Music & Opera Singers Trust.

Carol Lloyd Award
Applications close 9 March
The Carol Lloyd Award will be presented to an emerging female identifying singer-songwriter from QLD who wants to kick start their career.

Levi’s Music Prize
Applications close 10 March
The Levi’s Music Prize is open to artists that have played on the Bigsound Festival line-up in the last 5 years, including 2017.

NSW Creative Achievement Awards
Applications close 16 March
The NSW Creative Achievement Awards are a NSW Government initiative to celebrate and reward outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses that help raise the global profile of NSW creative industries.

Industry Observer Awards
27 March, Sydney
Judged by a jury from the music industry, the Australasia-focused ceremony will recognise those that stand behind the artists and celebrate their genius, dedication and creativity.

Needle In The Hay
Applications close 31 March
A national competition aimed at championing emerging artists, giving one band the chance to win a 7-inch pressing package from Zenith Records.

Melbourne Violin Competition
Applications close 31 March
The Melbourne Violin Competition is Australia’s newest violin competition, supporting violinists, the art culture of Melbourne and promoting the practice and performance of Solo Bach.

IKS Foundation International Composers’ Competition
Applications close 31 March
The Competition is open to composers all over the world and there is no age limit. However, the IKS Foundation hopes in particular to gain interest from young and beginning composers and to inspire them to follow Zoltán Kodály’s example in producing quality materials for children and youngsters.

The International Anton Rubinstein Competition
Applications close 4 April
Pianists of all nationalities and ages may take part in this competition.

Australian Music Composition Competition
Applications close 20 April
$3,250 in cash prizes plus multiple performances and a studio recording licenced for release and digital distribution through ABC Classics are up for grabs.

Score IT!
Applications close 18 May
Queensland high school students are encouraged to enter Queensland Music Festival’s annual state-wide competition Score IT!

4 Ballroom Dance National Music Contest
Applications close 1 October
Prizes include cash, instruments, music equipment and a range of discretionary prize rollouts. Open to all Australians, individuals and organisations.

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.


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