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MidemLab Startup Competition
Applications close 20 March
Midemlab is the leading international music startup competition. Find new business partners and raise funds; pitch your startup and get recognition from the industry; make sure the international press hear about your product; get advice from tech & music pros, and more. 20 finalists will be chosen through the call for entry to pitch at Midem.

Medallion Concerto Competition
Applications close 28 March
Medallion Concerto Competition is open to all nationalities and has no age limit. This competition is open to the following instrumentalists: voice, piano, strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Participants are required to submit video links for the audition.

1st International Opera Conductors Competition
Application closes 31 March
Opera Royal of Wallonie-Liège is organizing the 1rst International Opera Conductor Competition from 18- 26 August. This competition is devoted to the Conducting Direction is entirely dedicated to the Opera. First prize winner will be rewarded by 10,000 euros and will also be offered a contract to lead an opera production at the Opera Royal of Wallonie-Liège.

Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane
Applications close 31 March
This competition features some of the best young pianists in Australia & New Zealand with over $65,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. There is also an accompanying festival which includes masterclasses and an exciting new piano program for 10-15 year-olds.

QMF, On Song Competition
Applications close 31 March

Queensland Music Festival (QMF) has launched a statewide search to discover new talent among aspiring young musicians. Entries are now open for the chance to take part in two exciting festival events in 2017.

National Obi Arts Prize. Sing for Change
Applications close 31 March
Is inviting professional or amateur musicians, singers and songwriters, to contribute songs of RESPECT  in SING FOR CHANGE – the lyrical side of the Obi Arts Project.

The Blanchard Award
Applications close 31 March
The Blanchard Award is open to talented instrumental students in either their first or second year of high school offering $5000 to both a female and a male recipient.

Love Live Music Competition
Applications close 31 March
The competition calls for filmmakers and musicians to collaborate on a 60 second film. The top ten finalists will be screened at the internationally accredited St Kilda Film Festival.

SITEWORKS 2017 – Call Out To Artists
Applications close 31 March
Siteworks are interested in hearing from artists who would like to participate in this year’s event, held on 23 September 2017.  The annual spring event that brings together artists, scientists, scholars and community voices is a unique occasion held  three hours’ drive south of Sydney.

The 2017 Carol Lloyd Award
Applications close 31 March
Queensland Music Festival, along with support from Arts Queensland, APRA AMCOS and Hutchinson Builders, is proud to announce the 2017 Carol Lloyd Award. This award will be presented to an emerging female singer-songwriter, who was either born in, or resides in, Queensland. The successful applicant will be awarded $15,000, and with this, will have the opportunity to record their own full length album or  record and tour their own EP.

APRA Music Awards
3 April, Sydney
For over thirty years, the APRA music awards have recognised excellence in songwriting and publishing.

Art Music Awards Call for Nominations
Nominations close 3 April
APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre  are now calling for nominations for the 2017 Art Music Awards.


The Lighthouse Award
Applications close 24 April
The Lighthouse Award grants $5,000 to a female Victorian music manager who exhibits passion, creativity and integrity.

Professional Development Awards
Applications close 27 April
If you are looking for a career boost, APRA AMCOS’s PDA awards are now open for applications, with a new dance/electronic category being announced.

Churchill Fellowship Award
Applications close 28 April
Want to spend up to 8 weeks traveling the globe to investigate a topic you are passionate about, whilst gaining the international expertise you require to create or affect change for a better Australia? Applications are now open for this prestigious award.

Unsigned Only
Entries close 28 April
Are you an unsigned artist (not signed to a major label record company)? Unsigned Only is designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are looking for exposure, recognition, and a chance to be noticed by industry professionals. The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $20,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives.

Australian Concerto Vocal Competition
Applications close 17 May
This unique competition is a world class national and international event with cash and prizes up to $18,000 up for grabs.

Score IT – Competition
Applications close 19 May
Is a state-wide film-scoring competition open to all secondary school students in Queensland. The competition challenges young composers to create an original composition to accompany a short film produced by the Griffith Film School.

Fanfare Competition
Applications close 26 May
Imagine hearing your music played by the Australian Youth Orchestra and broadcast at venues around Australia! If you are a budding composer or musician then the Fanfare Competition is an exciting opportunity for you. The competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To enter write a 30 second composition and submit a score and recording online. Eight selected participants will work with mentor composer Nicholas Vines to fully develop their ideas, and have their work pre-recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Songs for Peace
Voting closes 17 June

Songs For Peace is an international songwriting contest that invites songwriters to submit original songs on the theme of peace. Based on scores from an international panel of qualified judges, combined with audience voting results, winning entries will be tabulated and the results posted by September 1, 2017. The copyright for the song will remain the creator, who  will retain all legal rights of ownership. Cash prizes are on offer and there is no submission fee to enter.

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.

Fresh MiNT – Submit your songs
FRESH MiNT is a refreshing dose of new Territory music direct to your email once a month! It’s a way to keep industry up-to-date with what’s happening in the NT music scene. Got a fresh new track that you think should be included in the next edition of FRESH MiNT?

2017 Menotti Composition Competition
The 5th Competition for Young Composers dedicated to Gian Carlo Menotti is a collaboration between the Fondazione Monini and Incontri Musicali to honor the musician, composer, director, and librettist’s passion in helping young and emerging artists. This year’s composition is a song cycle for soprano and piano in Italian, English, German, French or Spanish. The winner will receive €5,000 and will be recognized at the 2017 Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The work will then be performed at Incontri Musicali 2017, also in Spoleto.

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