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6th Canta Al Mar – Festival Coral International
25 – 29 October, Spain
Each year Calella attracts new choirs for this international festival event.

Arts & Business Partnerships with Janine Collins
23 October, Darwin
A half-day workshop on the strategies and partnership models NT-based organisations can implement to secure mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships with the local business community.

The Benefits of Arts Partnerships for Business
23 October, Darwin
A 90-minute, information-packed panel session for NT businesses about the value of partnering with local arts organisations.

New Work Order Masterclass: Teaching for the Future
24 October Melborune,26 October, Sydney
Join the Foundation for Young Australians in Melbourne October 24 and Sydney October 26 for a day of in-depth exploration of the skills young people will need to thrive in the future of work.

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.

Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference (THNMF)
26 October Perth
The THNMF Conference is a forum for artists from diverse areas of practice, along with critics, commentators and academics, to discuss the ideas that underline contemporary new music and sound art—the histories, methods, theories, approaches, techniques and dreams that make up the modern world of music and sound arts.

Valley Fiesta
27 – 28 October, Brisbane

Brisbane’s biggest free music festival Valley Fiesta returns bringing two huge days of live music to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

XXMT: Symposium for Women & Music Technology
28 October, Wellington, New Zealand
A one-day event of workshops, seminars and performances that aims to highlight, support and encourage women working in music technology.

Global Cities After Dark
28 November, Sydney
Curated and presented via the partnership of Mirik Milan, Night Mayor Amsterdam and Electronic Music Conference, Global Cities After Dark approaches night time culture from a global perspective. Developing a global cities network, the one-day forum exchanges knowledge, highlights best practices, and focuses on the future solutions for successful and thriving nightlife globally.

Electronic Music Conference (EMC)
29 – 30 November, Sydney
The annual electronic music conference has announced the first round of speakers and program for 2017.

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.

WAMCon Music Conference
3 – 4 November, Perth
Is the ultimate platform to help the music industry – from beginners to pros – navigate their way outta the jungle and into success city.

Ignite, Mid North Coast
8 November, Bowraville, NSW
Ignite MNC has been designed to stimulate new ideas in economic development, collaboration and innovative business practice throughout the region of the Mid North Coast (Woolgoolga in the North to Taree in the South).

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.

Ambassadors of Song International Male Chorus Symposium
10 – 11 November, Michigan

An international male chorus symposium featuring performances from the country’s leading collegiate men’s choirs, and workshops from internationally-recognized guest clinicians.

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.

How Can The Show Go On? Performing Arts Wellbeing Summit
13 November, Sydney
‘How Can The Show Go On’ will raise awareness, share information, and generate cross-industry action around the wellbeing of performing arts and screen workers in NSW.

Unsound Adelaide
16 – 19 November, Adelaide

After four massively popular years presented as part of Adelaide Festival, the iconic experimental music festival returns in an expanded, stand-alone format.

18 November, Brisbane
An eclectic music festival curated by King Gizzard, happening at Brisbane Showgrounds.

Face The Music
23 – 24 November, Melbourne

The annual music conference celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Early Bird tickets are now on sale.

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.

Don’t Tell Me to Rest! The Reality of Performing Arts Healthcare
25 November, Kingscliff
The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) will be holding its symposium in NSW.

Tokyo Dance Music Event
30 November – 2 December, Tokyo
The unique electronic conference returns again this year, held in the heart of Tokyo.

Jungle Love, Music and Arts Festival
30 November – 2 December
One of the region’s most beloved boutique festivals.

30 November – 3 December, Lismore, NSW
Artstate promises to be an exciting two-day program of speakers exploring the themes of creative practice and creative partnerships. Wrapping around this will be a multi-genre arts program featuring the amazing creatives from the north coast of NSW.

International Choral Festival
2 – 6 December, Rome

Experience the emotion of singing in one of the most beautiful and charming places in the world, Rome.

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.

Kodály National Conference
Expressions of interest to present close 13 December
Expressions of interest are open to present a paper at the 2018 Kodaly National Conference. The 2018 Kodály National Conference New Horizons: Diverse Perspectives, Shared Journey  taking place in October 2018 invites music educators and the broader community to reflect on new possibilities in Kodály-inspired research and practice.

Chorus Inside Christmas
14 – 18 December, Budapest
One of the most important choral events in Europe taking place in the extraordinary capital of Hungary, Budapest.

Falls Festival
28 December – 7 January
The annual music festival returns again boasting an impressive lineup with the likes of Flume and Fleet Foxes.

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.

UNIFY 2018
12 – 14 January, Victoria
This heavy metal music gathering will take place across three days in Victoria featuring the likes of Parkway Drive, Tonight Alive and Behind Crimson Eyes.

MOFO 2018
12 – 22 January, Tasmania
MONA FOMA is an annual festival based in Hobart, Tasmania, curated by Brian Ritchie bass player from the rock band Violent Femmes.

Sing’n’Pray Kobe
25 – 29 January, Japan

More than 600 singers will be gathering in Kobe and international choirs are also invited to sing for peace in the world in the beautiful Kobe Bunka Hall.

Laneway Festival 2018
4 February, Sydney
The popular music festival returns, with a line-up announcement expected on 12 September.

Folk Alliance International Conference
14 – 18 February, Kansas City, USA

This annual conference is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community.

Earth Frequency Festival 2018
16 February, South-East Queensland

Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit.

Secret Garden
23 – 24 February, Sydney
Secret Garden arts festival returns with its tenth birthday celebrations.

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

National Folk Festival
29 March – 2 April, Canberra
The 52nd National Folk Festival has announced its first round of artists for 2018, with six headline acts from the UK and Australia.

Bleach* Festival
29 March – 15 April, Gold Coast
The Gold Coast’s signature arts and cultural festival.  Program announced early 2018.

Musicology in the Age of (Post)Globalisation
3 – 6 April, New York
This conference will focus on particularly on 21st-century musicology in the context of social, cultural, economic, and political structures, and the impact of 20th-century globalisation or its perceived limits.

World of Choirs, Italy
29 April – 2 May, 2018
An international event organized for development, spreading and popularization of choral singing.

Australian Songwriters Conference
7 – 11 June 2018, Ettalong Beach, NSW
The Australian Songwriters Conference focuses on the craft and business of songwriting and attracts writers, artists, producers and managers from across Australia and internationally.

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018
8 – 11 June, 2018
Melbourne’s most exciting festival for singers and choirs will present stunning opportunities to work with some of the world’s finest conductors, composers, arrangers and musicians.

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.

MISTEC 22nd International Pre-Conference Seminar
8 – 12 July, Prague
The Music In Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) 2018 pre-conference seminar to be held in Prague will focus on Global, Lifelong Learning Through Music. This theme feeds into the main ISME conference theme of Life’s Journey Through Music and emphasises music-making and music learning and teaching, across the life-span and across cultures.

World Conference of ISME
15 – 20 July, Azerbaijan
International Society for Music Education (ISME) is working with  partners The Music Educator’s Society of Türkiye (MUZED) to produce the 33rd congress.

Kodály National Conference
1 – 4 October 2018, Perth
The 2018 Kodály National Conference New Horizons: Diverse Perspectives, Shared Journey  invites music educators and the broader community to reflect on new possibilities in Kodály-inspired research and practice.


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