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Leaps and Bounds Music Festival
 Until – 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.

Umbrella Winter City Sounds
Until  – 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.

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.

Little BIGSOUND
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.

Indie-Con Australia
27 – 28 July, Adelaide
The inaugural Indie-Con Australia will offering insights into the latest innovations and technological advancements in products, services and strategies available to the independent music sector, the two-day event will provide invaluable professional development opportunities across leadership and business performance skills.

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.

Music Education and Well Being Symposium
5 August, Melbourne
This symposium will be an exploration of the ways in which music connects people, forges individual and collective musical identities and contributes to personal and social wellbeing. For teachers, parents, principals and school management teams.

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 gathering will feature a rich exchange of research ideas, including round-table discussions and panels that develop and enhance practices for women in the creative fields.

Tunnel Number Five Festival of Underground Music
13 – 17 August, Darwin

Tunnel Number Five festival of underground music is a series of 5 concerts staged in the acoustically breathtaking WWII Oil Storage Tunnels underneath the city of Darwin.

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.

REMIX Academy Summit Perth
24 August, Perth
This summit will explore the trends shaping the future of the cultural economy in WA. It brings together local, national and international innovators from the arts, creative industries, start-ups, brands, policy and digital technology communities.

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.

ANTIDOTE? A Festival of Ideas
2 – 3 September, Sydney
ANTIDOTE is a new festival that celebrates the artists, thinkers and doers who have spearheaded change in a time of uncertainty.

The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music
4 – 7 September, Wales
The Conference will bring together academics, researchers and music professionals from around the world to share their research and experience of all aspects of women working in music.

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

Desert Mob Symposium
8 September
The Desert Mob Symposium celebrates the artistic and cultural achievements of the artists of Desart-member Aboriginal art centres.

SXSW Music Festival Artists Applications
Applications close 8 September
SXSW Showcasing Artists benefit from career changing exposure and publicity provided by the amazing mix of influential participants who attend SXSW every year.

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.

Americana Music Festival & Conference
12 – 17 September, Nashville
Each year, the Americana Music Festival & Conference brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars and industry professionals for four days of music and education.

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.

Music Tourism Convention
21 – 22 September, Tennessee, USA
This convention will focus on all aspects of music tourism, from destination marketing, to making the most of your music attractions to looking inside the world’s best festivals. Speakers include the VP of Goldenvoice Concerts, the Head of Marketing UK at Lastminute.com, the Executive Director of the Tina Turner Museum.

Creative3 Conference
22 September, Brisbane
Creative³ is the only event of its kind in Australia, featuring a series of dynamic presentations from the world’s leading creative game changers and entrepreneurs offering real-world insights into creativity, investment, and enterprise.

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.

Crush Festival Bundaberg
6 – 15 October, Bundaberg

Crush Festival offers a 10-day Program of innovative arts experiences. Indulge in literary learning, contemporary circus, outdoor music, family craft activities, exhibitions, a film festival, workshops and more.

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!

Music Cities Convention
26 October, Memphis,
Tennessee, USA
This one day convention will focus on all aspects of music in cities from the problems facing artists to music strategies in cities to smart music cities and how data can be harnessed to help artists. Speakers include Chief Cultural Officer for the City of Philadelphia, Head of Culture for the City of Guadalajara and the musician Emily Barker.

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.

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.

Fundraising Institute Australia Conference
7 – 9 March 2018, Sydney
The Fundraising Institute Australia Conference is the premier learning and development opportunity for fundraising professionals.

Australian Strings Association National Conference
7 – 10 July, Perth
The Australian Strings Association National Conference will be held at Trinity College East Perth from Saturday 7th to Tuesday 10th July 2018.

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