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Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize
Applications close 13 October
The Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize is open to a female composers and will be awarded to the applicant who is judged to have written the best original chamber music work for 4 to 15 solo parts, including voice if desired, with a playing time of twelve (12) minutes maximum.

AFTRS & ABC Selwyn Speight Scholarship Award
Applications close 16 October
AFTRS and ABC Radio have announced a new scholarship to be awarded each year for the next three years to develop Australian radio talent, with a focus on diversity.

ACMF National Songwriting Competition
Applications close 20 October
Entries are now open for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s (ACMF) songwriting competition. Every year, every student from every school across Australia is invited to put pen to paper and enter their original song for a chance to win prize-money that can be allocated towards musical equipment and tuition.

“Michele Novaro” International Competition for Composers
Applications close 20 October
The Competition is open to composers of all nationalities, who on 20 October 2017 are still under the age of 35. Candidates should submit a composition for string orchestra. The composition should focus on the theme of “Italian artistic and cultural heritage”.

Toyota Star Maker
Entries close 31 October
Entry is now open for the 39th Toyota Star Maker, Australia’s longest running search for a new country music star. Star Maker has been a crucial launching pad for some of Australia’s biggest country music stars including Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan and James Blundell.

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

Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition
Applications close 13 November

The 19th edition of the Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition will be held from 25 July – 5 August, 2018 in Santander.

National Live Music Awards Gala Event
7 December, Melbourne
The host city venues and nominees will be revealed on 9 October. If you sign up as a Music Australia member before October 30,  you will go in the draw to win 1 x double pass giveaway  the Gala event!

NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards
Nominations close 8 December
The Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age.

Willgoss Choral Composition Prize
Applications close 31 January
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.

3rd Keuris Composers Contest
Applications close 1 February
The 3rd Keuris Composers Contest invites composers of all ages and nationalities to participate with self-made compositions for the youth. The compositions should be challenging, but at the same time accessible and playable for young talented players.

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.


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