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AIR Awards
The AIR Awards celebrate the successes of Australian independent artists. Nominations are now open for Associate, Full and Distributor AIR members.

National Live Music Awards Gala Event
7 December, Melbourne
The host city venues and nominees will be revealed on 9 October.

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.

The Music Network (TMN) Tinnies
8 December, Secret Venue
The first annual TMN Tinnies will celebrate the success of those behind the scenes of Australia’s recorded music industry. Nominations are now open.

Levi’s® Music Prize
Applications close 9 December
Calling all Australian musicians who have played BIGSOUND 2013-2017 (inclusive), you are eligible to apply for the second round of the Levi’s® Music Prize!

The City of Ryde, Battle of the Bands
Entries close 11 December
The City of Ryde recognises the outstanding musical talent of Youth and will be holding a Battle of the Bands competition for 2018. The competition is open to all Youth bands.

APRA Song of the Year
Nominations close 15 December

Your chance to vote for Australian songwriters who you think deserve to be recognised for their work.

SMAC Awards
Nominations close 28 December
FBi Radio’s annual award ceremony celebrating the best Sydney has to offer in music, art and culture.

The Con Remix 17
Applications close 31 December
Put your spin on a classic music piece of music for your chance to win prizes to propel your music career.

International Clarinet Competition
Applications close 31 December
The competition will consist of a first round with piano, the semi-final with piano and the final accompanied by orchestra, to be performed according to a given timetable.

Areon Flutes Commissioning Prize
Applications close 1 January
$1000 commission to write a new work for Areon Flutes for the 2019-2020 season. The newly commissioned work should be between 8 and 20 minutes.

Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition
Applications close 17 January
Songwriters worldwide are invited to enter the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition to go into the running for a first-place cash prize of $50,000, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG.

Queensland Music Awards (QMAs)
Applications close 21 January
Applications are now open for the Queensland music community to enter their songs in the 2018 QMAs. Artists can enter their songs in a wide range of categories from pop and rock, to blues, roots, electronic, dance and soul.

The Schenberg Fellowship (Music)
Applications close 31 January
A prize of $30,000 is on offer for high achieving tertiary students and graduates who wish to pursue an opportunity to undertake further musical studies in composition outside of W.A or overseas.

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.

Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra (SHSO) Composer Competition
Applications close 28 February
SHSO has announced a new competition for composers to make an original orchestral work.

ABC Young Performer of the Year Awards
Applications close 6 March
ABC Young Performers Awards, are Australia’s most prestigious competition for young classical instrumentalists. The awards, long recognised for their reputation for launching international careers, are hosted by ABC Classic FM and the Music & Opera Singers Trust.

Carol Lloyd Award
Applications close 9 March
The Carol Lloyd Award will be presented to an emerging female identifying singer-songwriter from QLD who wants to kick start their career.

Melbourne Violin Competition
Applications close 31 March
The 2018 Melbourne Violin Competition is Australia’s newest violin competition, supporting violinists, the art culture of Melbourne and promoting the practice and performance of Solo Bach.

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.

The International Anton Rubinstein Competition
Applications close 4 April
Pianists of all nationalities and ages may take part in this competition.

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.


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