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Rosemary and John Hopkins Award
Applications close 16 April
The Rosemary and John Hopkins Award is for a conductor of any age, to assist with a youth or community music project. Candidates for the Award must be current students or alumni of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (or its predecessor faculties) at the University of Melbourne.

Golden Lake International Competition
Applications close 17 April
A music competition open to composers from all around the world.

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.

The Lighthouse Award
Applications close 23 April
APRA AMCOS is inviting female music managers or self-managed female artist from Victoria to apply for The Lighthouse Award.

Bach Competition
Applications close 9 May
Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach Competition is dedicated to young musicians passionate about J.S. Bach.

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

Aurora Music Competition
Applications close 18 May
Aurora Music is the world leading producer of classical music festivals.

Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition
Applications close 23 May
An opportunity for aspiring musicians to learn from the best and show off their skills.

Antal Dorati International Conducting Competition
Applications close 31 May
The competition offers a real career opportunity to emerging orchestra conductors and is open to musicians of any nationality without age limits.

Fanfare Competition
Applications close 4 June
The Fanfare competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To enter, write a 30-second composition and submit a score and recording online.

Busan Maru Internatioanl Music Festival Competition
Applications close 7 June
The Busan MARU International Music Festival of Korea is now accepting entries for their Concerto and Composition Competition.

National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAS)
Nominations close 8 June
An annual ceremony celebrating achievements by Indigenous artists across the country.

Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition
Applications close 18 June
The 2018 Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition will take place in Taiwan as part of the 35th Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference on 19-23 October 2018.

Australia Prizes
Applications close 2 July
The Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) is inviting nominations for its 2018 Australia Prizes. This is an excellent opportunity to nominate yourself, a friend or colleague who has enriched and contributed to Australian cultural and intellectual life.

Isabel Menton Composition Award
Applications close 31 August
Australian Catholic University has announced the fourth annual Isabel Menton Composition Award for unpublished and previously unperformed choral works.

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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