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Toyota Star Maker
Entries Close 30 September
Each year Star Maker invites aspiring country music artists to compete for a range of opportunities that will provide a substantial career boost for the winner. Star Maker is more than just a talent quest – it is a search for an individual who has the greatest potential to take advantage of the opportunities offered in the Toyota Star Maker prize package.

Archbishop’s Prize for New Composers
Applications close 30 September
This Competition encourages a musical culture in Australia by providing a platform for new composers to have their work performed. They are asked to set a given poem by Les Murray to music.

The Lyrebird Gift
Application closes 30 September
In keeping with Lyrebird core beliefs, philosophy and approach to all they have done in the past 20 years, the application process of The Lyrebird Gift is quite straightforward. It is just a few words, this may be a CV, and it may be a link to your live music. Tell Lyrebird who you are, what you do or plan to do musically and if possible, a sample of your music.

Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMAs)
9 October, Brisbane

Turning the spotlight on women, the AWMA’s will feature 15 award categories acknowledging and celebrating First Nations and multicultural performers & music practitioners, excellence in artistry, technical and production skills, leadership, cross-cultural development, song-writing, classical music, music photography, humanitarian work and more.

Music and Drama Education Awards
Nominations close 18 October
The Music & Drama Education Awards recognise the contribution people make to the performing arts sector. Nominations for 13 of the 17 categories are still open.

Levi’s Music Prize
Round 2 applications close 7 December
The Levi’s® Music Prize is an exciting new initiative that will enable Australian bands and artists to maximise that next opportunity to get them to the next stage of their careers.

4 Ballroom Dance Co-op National Music Contest
Applications close October
Prizes include cash, instruments, music related equipment and a range of discretionary prize rollouts. Open to all Australians, (individuals and organisations).

Willgoss Choral Composition Prize 2019-20
Applications close 31 January 2020

$3000 prize aimed at encouraging and promoting the creation of an original work for unaccompanied choir. Entrants are required to write for a new work for UNSW’s chamber choir, the Burgundian Consort.

The Stella Young Award
The Stella Young Award is open to any young artist with disability working in comedy, performing arts and/or screen, who have used their art to challenge the social narrative about disability. More information and the application form will be available on Arts Access Victoria’s website from 30 April.

Australia’s Got Talent
Recently re-launched “Australia’s Got Talent” are currently looking for a range of talents and performers. They are casting the net as wide, to ensure the opportunity is open to people from all walks of life.


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