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The CHASS Australia Prize
Applications close 30 June
The Council of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) is inviting nominations for its 2017 Australia Prizes. The CHASS Australia Prizes honor distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS).

The Geoffrey Parsons Award
Applications close 1 July
Applications are now being accepted for the Geoffrey Parsons Award which is Australia’s longest and most significant prize celebrating the art of collaborative piano performance.

Transylvanian International Piano Competition
Applications close 1 July

This competition is open to all pianists around the world between the ages of 7 – 28 years old.

London Music Society 2017 International Composer’s Competition
Entries close 7 July
This competition is designed to provide an opportunity for composers to showcase their work. Interested candidates are required to present a work for string orchestra.

Screen Music Awards
Applications close 11 July
The annual Screen Music Awards are presented by APRA AMCOS in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). The ceremony acknowledges excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition. Applications are now open across ten categories.

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.

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.

Chamber Music Workshop
Registrations now open for early August workshops
This New Mexico-based non-profit organization is offering adult amateur chamber music workshops with professional coaching. Australians are encouraged to apply.

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.

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.

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.

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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