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Creative State Summit
29 – 30 June, Melbourne
Creativity is the source of radical new ideas that are both the lifeblood of our society and at the centre of Victoria’s emerging innovation economy. Supporting creativity in all its forms is at the heart of Creative State, an ambitious $115 million plan for Victoria. At the core of this is this new annual summit.

NSW School Band Festival
July – August
Entries are now open for the NSW School Band Festival, held each year in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium at the University of NSW in Kensington.

30 June – 3 July, Brisbane
The Australian National Choral Association’s 2017 Choralfest will be held in QLD. This event is a celebration of choral music which brings together some of Australia’s finest choirs. Delegate will have the chance to work with and learn from international and Australian conductors who are masters in their craft.

Festival of Voices
30 June – 17 July, Tasmania
As Australia’s premier celebration of the voice, Festival of Voices attracts thousands of singers, choristers and music lovers from all over the world to Tasmania.

43rd Annual Border Music Camp
2 – 8 July, Albury, NSW
The Border Music Camp 2 – 8 July 2017, is a week-long residential camp for musicians of all ages, from beginners to advanced students. Musicians play in one of six large ensembles, experiencing rehearsals under the guidance of skilled Conductors and Tutors.

Freeza Summits
4 – 14 July, Victoria
Over three days, The Push will be teaming up with industry professionals to deliver tailored workshops for young people interested in pursuing a career within the music, events or wider arts industries.

Maryborough Music Conference
5 –  9 July, QLD
This conference is now recognised as Australia’s premier music educator’s event. With a program offering over 100 multiple choice topics over four days led by world renowned national and international music educators, band and choral directors and clinicians. All delegates will have the opportunity to perform in one of the delegate performance ensembles.

ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival – Raising Aspirations of Young Musicians
7 – 9 July, QLD
ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival, in 2017 will take place at Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium, is an invitational event open to Secondary School concert bands, orchestras, choirs and jazz bands worldwide.

9 July, Sydney
MusicNSW is teaming up with Oxford Art Factory and City of Sydney to bring back this under 18’s initiative, which is built to expose students to live music.

The Golden Voices Of Barcelona
9 – 13 July, Barcelona
The combination of the festival with the competition gives an opportunity to plunge into the atmosphere of celebration and music including choirs wishing to perform outside the contest viewing, and also have the ability to perform in the Sagrada Familia.

20th International Summer Course of Encounter  –  “ORFF meets CLASSIC”
11 – 16 July, Slovakia
The International Master Class Course of Orff-Pedagogy will take place in the Slovakia in collaboration with Constantine the Philosopher University, Faculty of Education, Department of Music and Orff-Association in Slovakia. The tradition of these International Orff-Courses has been based on the successful cross-cultural cooperation of Eastern and Western European countries. The aim of the course will be to deepen and further develop holistic and elemental music pedagogy in schools and other institutions focused on art education.

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival
13 – 23 July, Victoria
The fifth annual Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is commissioned by the Yarra City Council and aims to support local live music venues, musicians, and small businesses throughout the winter period.

Australian Society for Music Education XXI National Conference
15 – 17 July, Melbourne
The theme for the ASME XXI National Conference is Uniting Voices, which seeks to embrace and celebrate music education across the vast array of institutions, organisations and professional associations which provide and support music learning in formal and non-formal contexts through all stages of life.

Umbrella Winter City Sounds
14 – 30 July, Adelaide
Umbrella: Winter City Sounds is a live music festival in its second year, offering an exciting array of curated live music projects and other performances across the Adelaide CBD.

4th Asian International Choral Festival & Asian Choral Education Conference
15 – 20 July, Singapore
The aim of this conference is to enrich the content of the cultural exchange as a part of “One Belt One Road” strategy, to build the bridge between choir and the world, to promote the cultural exchange of music in Asian countries. During the festival experts, scholars and choral conductors from choral education field all over Asia will gather in Singapore.

11th World Symposium on Choral Music
22 – 29 July, Barcelona
Under the theme “The Colors of Peace”, the Symposium will bring together some of the world’s most prestigious choirs and conductors, as well as professionals of the choral music: composers, conductors, publishers, agencies, etc., all of them with the aim of promoting artistic excellence, cooperation and exchange among the global choral community.

25 July, Queensland
Presented by QMusic and Brisbane City Council, Little BIGSOUND is a hands-on, one-day experience for 15 – 25 year olds. Gain the practical skills and relationships you need to get started in the music industry!

Culture Business Conference
26 – 28 July, Melbourne
This year’s Culture Business Conference will be tacking the topic “The Art of Fundraising”.  The conference program will cover everything from philanthropy to membership, online retail, communications, corporate sponsorship, and government funding, and is dedicated to fundraisers working in the visual and performing arts and creative sector.

AIR Music Conference 2017
27 – 28 July, Melbourne

The Australian Independent Records (AIR) Association has announced a brand new music industry conference which will be in conjunction with the 11th Annual AIR Awards ceremony.

Broadbeach Country Music Festival
28 – 30 July, Gold Coast
Next year’s festival is already boasting a stellar bill, including performances by acclaimed country acts such as America, Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley.

Adobe Make It
2 – 3 August, Sydney
Is the opportunity to join 2,000 fellow designers, artists, filmmakers and innovative thinkers as Adobe unveils an afternoon of inspiration, conference and workshop sessions.

Melbourne Guitar Show
5 – 8 August, Melbourne
The Melbourne Guitar Show will once again celebrate the Melbourne and Australian guitar community.

23rd International Kodaly Symposium
8 – 13 August, Canada
Featuring world class papers, posters, and workshops for scholars, performers, and practitioners. Sessions delivered by local and international presenters with topics ranging from classroom to choral, encompassing all age groups.

Women in the Creative Arts
10 – 12 August, Australian National University
The School of Music at the Australian National University is hosting the an innovative research conference on “Women in the Creative Arts.”

Buskers By The Creek
Artist applications close 14 August
Australia’s biggest busking festival has opened applications for performers. The festival will happen at the Gold Coast in October.

Early Childhood Conference of the Performing Arts
19 – 20 August, Melbourne
Is Australia’s Premier Early Childhood Conference of the Performing Arts.  Four streams of workshops run across the weekend, offering a wide range of topics and teaching styles (incl Orff, Kodaly, Special Needs) for those working with babies, toddlers and children aged 0-8 years. For pre-school teachers, primary school teachers, care givers, special needs teachers, family day care workers, therapists, parents, students of music, maternal and child health nurses and anyone interested in working creatively with young children (0-8 years).

APACA Conference: ‘Outside In’
21 – 24 August, Chatswood, NSW
APACA’s 31st Annual Performing Arts Conference ‘Outside, In’ and Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] will take place in Sydney in 2017, where they explore how we tackle ‘silo thinking’ and invite all people into our ecology, making it richer and more inclusive.

DIY Musician Conference
25 – 27 August, Nashville, USA
This conference focuses wholeheartedly on the needs of today’s independent artist. Allowing the participant to learn from active industry leaders, make lasting connections, and walk away with not only a plan of action, but also a renewed sense of direction and excitement about your career.

Remix Academy – Creative Places: Nurturing Creative Communities
1 September, Gold Coast
Leading urbanists will explore the ingredients needed to nurture creative cities and communities.

5 – 8 September
BIGSOUND is Australia’s leading new music festival and industry conference held annually in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit
11 – 12 September, Canberra
The Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit brings together Australian funders, political leaders, and policy makers to meet at the heart of Australia’s political system. It is a unique event which helps philanthropy and government understand each other’s perspectives and priorities and how they can work together to achieve shared objectives.

Music Matters
9 – 13 September, Singapore
Music Matters, Asia’s premier independent music festival comes back to Singapore in September 9-13 2017, for its seventh edition for 5 big days of music discovery.

Peace, Empathy and Conciliation Through Music: A Collaboratory
21 – 22 September, Melbourne
Paper submissions close 1 June
This collaboratory will bring together researchers, practitioners (musicians including performers, community musicians, music educators, music therapists; community development workers; social service workers; arts organisation delegates), and arts and community policymakers to share ideas around the ways that music is used to develop peace, empathy and conciliation.

Listen Out Festival
23 September – 1 October, Various Locations
This annual Australian music festival will kick off in Melbourne before heading to Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.

Soft Centre Festival
23 September, Casula
Soft Centre is a new one-day festival happening at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Taking inspiration worldwide from festivals such as Unsound, Soft Centre pairs experimental electronic artists with sensory altering light works and immersive performance pieces.

SCM Best Practice in Artistic Research in Music
27 – 29 September, Sydney
Sydney Conservatorium of Music(SCM) is delighted to announce the Symposium “Best Practice in Artistic Research in Music. Convened by Professor Neal Peres Da Costa, this Symposium will bring together practitioners and policy makers to share information about best practice in artistic research in music.

IAML Australia Conference: Creating, Collecting and Curating in Context
28 – 29 September, Canberra
IAML Australia holds an annual conference, allowing music library, archive and documentation centre professionals to come together to share skills and best practice and remain up to date with developments across the sector.

WA Regional Arts Summit
12 – 15 October, Mandurah, WA
The Summit will have an exciting four-day program showcasing a wide variety of art and cultural acts from regional WA. This highly anticipated event will bring in industry leaders from across the state and nationally.

Spark Festival Sydney
13 – 22 October
Spark Festival is a ten program of events and activities which showcases, supports and strengthens the vibrant startup and innovation ecosystem that exists in Sydney, and across all of NSW.

British Forum for Ethnomusicology One-Day Conference
Conference 21 October
This conference will focus on the relationship between music and multiculturalism. Music is closely intertwined with representations of difference, intercultural exchange and institutional strategies aimed at promoting liberal multiculturalism.

Fiestalonia Georgia Festival
25 – 30 October, Georgia
If you like dancing, singing or playing any musical instrument, this festival is for you!

Australian Music Week
1 – 3 November, Sydney

Australian Music Week (AMW) is a music, film, and entertainment industry conference event that takes place in the venues around Cronulla Beach.

ISCM World Music Days
2 – 8 November, Vancouver, Canada
The ISCM World Music Days is an annual contemporary music festival organized by the International Society for Contemporary Music, originally created in 1923 as the ISCM Festival as a means to support the most advanced composition tendencies. Each edition is held in a different location, and the programmes are organized by a jury after evaluating the submissions of each ISCM national section.

CBAA Conference
9 – 12 November, Gold Coast
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia(CBAA) annual conference is the premier event in the community broadcasting calendar, bringing together a diverse range of broadcasters, volunteers, technicians and stakeholders to develop and strengthen their skills, knowledge base and sector network.

Loop Summit
10 – 12 November, Berlin

A three-day summit presented by Ableton, featuring performances, presentations, studio sessions and workshops aimed at exchanging ideas around technology and creativity.

Sensation Festival
25 November, Sydney
This Dutch-born global EDM festival will debut in Sydney later this year. Previous bills have included Eric Prydz, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto.

Jungle Love, Music and Arts Festival
30 November – 2 December
One of the region’s most beloved boutique festivals is putting the call out for artist applications with entries closing in June.

REMIX Sydney Global Summit
7 – 8 December
REMIX Sydney returns bigger and better for their flagship annual Asia-Pacific summit. This year they are aiming to kick-start even more new collaborations between delegates with our new networking formats alongside the usual insights and inspiration from global creative leaders, all hosted in the inspirational setting of the UTS campus in the heart of Sydney’s innovation precinct.

Western Sydney Live & Local Initiative: Artist Call Out
Live Music Office will coordinate a series of multi-venue live music events in Western Sydney using its Live and Local model. These events are great news for Western Sydney musicians, venues and local audiences, and are set to take place over the next two years and will be coordinated by local councils. Through ArtsNSW, the State Government has committed $250,000 to the project, and 100% of this funding will go to the local musicians, venues and technicians working on the events.

19th National Conference of Orff Schulwerk – BRIDGE
7 – 11 January 2018, Sydney
This is the 19th Biennial Conference of the Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk (ANCOS). This conference will provide the opportunity to experience and celebrate the vibrancy and innovation of the Orff Schulwerk approach to creative music and movement education. Music and movement educators from all sectors will enhance their knowledge and skills through active participation in moving, singing, playing, improvising and composing music.


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