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CutCommon Young Writer of the Year Competition
Entries Close 20 July
Entries are open for the CutCommon Young Writer of the Year Competition to celebrate the value in Australian arts journalism.

Australian Concerto Vocal Competition
Applications close 21 – 25 July
This unique competition is a world class national and international event with cash and prizes up to $18,000 up for grabs.

ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award
Entries Close 21 July

Know an inspiring music teacher? Enter them in the ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award and a you could win a visit from an Australian music legends to your school or music program.

National Jazz Awards
Applications close 31 July
Designed to provide encouragement and exposure to young musicians (up to 35 years of age) and is Australia’s most prestigious jazz competition.

The Law Society of New South Wales Just Music Competition
Entries close 31 July
Enter an original instrumental or lyrical work in any genre on the theme of ‘justice’. Finalists will be showcased at a charity concert in September at the City Recital Hall in support of Bara Barang Corporation Ltd.

NLMA Awards
Applications close 31 July
The National Live Music Awards (NLMA’s) are a broad recognition of Australia’s diverse and successful live industry, celebrating the diversity and success of the Australian live scene.

National Jazz Awards
Applications close 31 July
Designed to provide encouragement and exposure to young musicians (up to 35 years of age) and is Australia’s most prestigious jazz competition. Each year ten finalists are chosen to perform, for the chance to win up to $12,000, and valuable opportunities to gain industry recognition and boost their careers.

International Independent Music Awards
Entries close 4 August
The Independent Music Awards honour innovative artists and releases – and connects them to Performance, Promotion, Distribution opportunities & millions of discerning Music Fans.

NIMA Awards
12 August, Sydney

Nominations are now open for indigenous artists from Australia and Torres Strait.

Needle In The Hay Competition
Applications close 15 August
The competition encourages artists to submit their music for the chance to win a slew of prizes (including a run of 12” pressings of their EP or album) and was formed out of a collaboration from Zenith Records, Audio-Technica, JBL, Young Henrys, Enmore Audio and Happy with the aim of supporting the music community and shining a lot on emerging talent.

Indigenous Language Song Competition 2017
Applications close 18 August
ABC Splash and First Languages Australia is once again running their Indigenous Language Song Competition. They are inviting schools to work with their local Indigenous community and help preserve first languages. Two winning entrants will win recording equipment for your school or a language resource package designed for your school by First Languages Australia.

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.

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.

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 2018
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.

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.

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