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NSW Creative Achievement Awards
Applications close 16 March
The NSW Creative Achievement Awards are a NSW Government initiative to celebrate and reward outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses that help raise the global profile of NSW creative industries.

Art Music Awards
Nominations close 26 March
Nominations are now open for the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards, which recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian art music.

Industry Observer Awards
27 March, Sydney
Judged by a jury from the music industry, the Australasia-focused ceremony will recognise those that stand behind the artists and celebrate their genius, dedication and creativity.

Needle In The Hay
Applications close 31 March
A national competition aimed at championing emerging artists, giving one band the chance to win a 7-inch pressing package from Zenith Records.

Melbourne Violin Competition
Applications close 31 March
The 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 Matan Givol International Composers Competition
Applications close 1 April
Composers from all over the world are invited to present works for Meitar Ensemble. The competition is an open call for composers of all ages and nationalities.

Hack It Competition
Applications close 4 April
FastForward, Warner Music Australia and Songkick are looking for anyone across the creative and technology space to develop a new product that will push and explore the boundaries of artists and their fans.

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

Golden Lake International Competition
Applications close 17 April
A music competition open to composers from all around the world.

Australian Music Composition Competition
Applications close 20 April
$3,250 in cash prizes plus multiple performances and a studio recording licenced for release and digital distribution through ABC Classics are up for grabs.

The Lighthouse Award
Applications close 23 April
APRA AMCOS is inviting female music managers or self-managed female artist from Victoria to apply for The Lighthouse Award.

Score IT!
Applications close 18 May
Queensland high school students are encouraged to enter Queensland Music Festival’s annual state-wide competition Score IT!

Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition
Applications close 23 May
An opportunity for aspiring musicians to learn from the best and show off their skills.

Antal Dorati International Conducting Competition
Applications close 31 May
The competition offers a real career opportunity to emerging orchestra conductors and is open to musicians of any nationality without age limits.

Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition
Applications close 18 June
The 2018 Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition will take place in Taiwan as part of the 35th Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference on 19-23 October 2018.

4 Ballroom Dance National Music Contest
Applications close 1 October
Prizes include cash, instruments, music equipment and a range of discretionary prize rollouts. Open to all Australians, individuals and organisations.

Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition
Applications close 15 August
Composers younger than 40 years can submit pieces for piano that are suitable for children and young adults.


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