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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.

NT Song of the Year Awards
Entries close 26 May
These awards recognise and showcase the diverse songwriting talent in the Northern Territory.

Preston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition
Applications close 26 May
The competition is a great opportunity for talented young musicians to perform with a full orchestra under concert conditions.

The Big Splash Band Competition
Entries Close 31 May
Returning for its fifth year, The Big Splash Band Comp will once more rouse the interests of hundreds of unsigned, WA musicians with original songs.

Live N Local 2017
Entries close 31 May
This competition gives artists from the City of Port Phillip a fantastic opportunity for growth through free artist development forums and workshops with key industry guests.

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
Applications close 2 June
The 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards mark 10 years of celebrating great contemporary Australian literature. Up to $100,000 is awarded in each category: $80,000 for each winner and $5,000 for each shortlisted entry. All prizes are tax-free.

City of Sydney Organ Music Commission
Applications close 5 June
The City of Sydney is looking for a Sydney-based musician, composer, or music collective to compose an original piece of music for the grand organ at Sydney Town Hall. The composition will be premiered on the grand organ as part of the City’s 175th anniversary activities for Sydney Open (coordinated by Sydney Living Museums) on Sunday 5 November 2017.

Studios 301 Electronic Music Competition
Applications close 19 June
A unique chance for emerging electronic artists take their career to the next level.

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 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
Early bird applications close 19 June
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual songwriting and music contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels, and promote excellence in the art of songwriting.

The CHASS Australia Prize
Applications close 30 June
The Council of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) is inviting nominations for its 2017 Australia Prizes. The CHASS Australia Prizes honor distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS).

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.

Transylvanian International Piano Competition
Applications close 1 July

This competition is open to all pianists around the world between the ages of 7 – 28 years old.

London Music Society 2017 International Composer’s Competition
Entries close 7 July
This competition is designed to provide an opportunity for composers to showcase their work. Interested candidates are required to present a work for string orchestra.

NLMA Awards
Applications close 31 July
The National Live Music Awards (NLMA’s) are a broad recognition of Australia’s diverse and successful live industry, celebrating the diversity and success of the Australian live scene.

Chamber Music Workshop
Registrations now open for early August workshops
This New Mexico-based non-profit organization is offering adult amateur chamber music workshops with professional coaching. Australians are encouraged to apply.

International Independent Music Awards
Entries close 4 August
The Independent Music Awards honour innovative artists and releases – and connects them to Performance, Promotion, Distribution opportunities & millions of discerning Music Fans.

NIMA Awards
12 August, Sydney

Nominations are now open for indigenous artists from Australia and Torres Strait.

Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2018
Applications close 29 September
The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition is one of the world’s great chamber music launching pads.

IKS Foundation International Composers’ Competition
Applications close 31 March 2018
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.

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?

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