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J Awards
23 November, Sydney
The J Awards is triple j’s an annual recognition of Australian Music. The winners of the four award categories will be announced at the J Awards ceremony and live on air.

Audrey Recording Competition
Applications close 24 November
This initiative aims to provide three young unsigned female, trans and non-binary emerging artists with the opportunity to record a single in a safe and supportive creative space with world class award winning producer and engineer Anna Laverty.

The Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers
Applications close 1 December
The Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers encourages the creation of new Canadian chamber music by up-and-coming composers.

National Live Music Awards Gala Event
7 December, Melbourne
The host city venues and nominees will be revealed on 9 October.

NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards
Nominations close 8 December
The Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age.

The Con Remix 17
Applications close 31 December
Put your spin on a classic music piece of music for your chance to win prizes to propel your music career.

International Clarinet Competition
Applications close 31 December
The competition will consist of a first round with piano, the semi-final with piano and the final accompanied by orchestra, to be performed according to a given timetable.

Areon Flutes Commissioning Prize
Applications close 1 January
$1000 commission to write a new work for Areon Flutes for the 2019-2020 season. The newly commissioned work should be between 8 and 20 minutes.

Willgoss Choral Composition Prize
Applications close 31 January
The Willgoss Choral Composition Prize is aimed at encouraging and promoting the creation of an original work for unaccompanied choir, in support of a thriving choral program at UNSW Australia as represented by the Music Performance Unit.

3rd Keuris Composers Contest
Applications close 1 February
The 3rd Keuris Composers Contest invites composers of all ages and nationalities to participate with self-made compositions for the youth. The compositions should be challenging, but at the same time accessible and playable for young talented players.

Melbourne Violin Competition
Applications close 31 March 2018
The 2018 Melbourne Violin Competition is Australia’s newest violin competition, supporting violinists, the art culture of Melbourne and promoting the practice and performance of Solo Bach.

IKS Foundation International Composers’ Competition
Applications close 31 March
The Competition is open to composers all over the world and there is no age limit. However, the IKS Foundation hopes in particular to gain interest from young and beginning composers and to inspire them to follow Zoltán Kodály’s example in producing quality materials for children and youngsters.


The International Anton Rubinstein Competition
Applications close 4 April
Pianists of all nationalities and ages may take part in this competition.


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