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Art Music Awards
22 August, Sydney
Presented each year by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the Awards recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian art music.

Isabel Menton Composition Award
Applications close 25 August

Australian Catholic University is pleased to announce the third year of the Isabel Menton Composition Award for unpublished and previously unperformed choral works.

Rockin’ the Puburbs Competition
Entries close 25 August
APRA AMCOS, in partnership with AHA NSW and the Live Music Office, are inviting NSW-based original live acts to enter for the opportunity to win a headline tour of leading NSW pubs, a dedicated tour publicist, and mentorship from APRA AMCOS Ambassador Mark Lizotte (Diesel) and the team from the Live Music Office.

The Age Music Victoria Awards
Applications close 31 August
Calling all Victorian artists/venues/festivals! Submissions are now open for The Age Music Victoria Awards 2017!

Australian LGBTI Awards 2018
Applications close 10 September

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Australian LGBTI Awards, which individuals and organisations  who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the LGBTI community.

The Horne Prize
Applications close 18 September
Entries are now open for the Horne Prize. The Saturday Paper, in partnership with Aesop, is proud to announce that entries are now open for The Horne Prize. The winner will receive $15,000 and have their essay published in The Saturday Paper. Essays should once again address the theme ‘Australian life’ and be based on in-depth reportage and bring light to a particular person or issue affecting our nation.

Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award 2017
Entries close 20 September
Are you a Darebin based songwriter? Could you use $2,000? The Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award is an annual songwriting competition that seeks to recognise, showcase and promote the talents of local songwriters.

The International Composers’ Competition – Alfred Schnittke
Applications close 29 September
The 2nd International Composers’ Competition – Alfred Schnittke is open to all composers of any age and nationality. The organisation will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition from 18 – 22 November 2017 in the city of Lviv (Ukraine), inside the Lviv Philhamonia.

Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition
Applications close 29 September
The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition is one of the world’s great chamber music launching pads.

International Cochran Piano Competition
Applications close 30 September
The International Cochran Piano Competition is the first online piano competition for adults, focusing on innovation, technology and comprehensive, long-term artistic development. We are looking for authentic, imaginative personalities.

Orient Occident Composers’ Competition 2017
Entries Close 1 October
The project is open to all composers of any age and nationality, who want to share their musical and personal journey, attend seminars and opportunities for discussion, on the art of our time, on the contemporary music and on the figure of the Composer in this Third Millennium.

Australia Council Awards
Nominations close 3 October
These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by Australian artists in music, literature, community arts and cultural development emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance.

2018 S&R Washington Award
Applications close 5 October
An award created by the S&R Foundation in Washington DC, these grants provide up to five emerging artists in music, visual arts and dance with $5,000 each.

Leeds Philharmonic Carol Competition
Entries close 1 November
The Leeds Philharmonic Society invites submissions for the 1st Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition.

Willgoss Choral Composition Prize
Applications close 31 January 2018
The Willgoss Choral Composition Prize is aimed at encouraging and promoting the creation of an original work for unaccompanied choir, in support of a thriving choral program at UNSW Australia as represented by the Music Performance Unit.

IKS Foundation International Composers’ Competition
Applications close 31 March 2018
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.


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