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Professional Development Awards
Applications close 27 April
The biennial APRA Professional Development Awards exists to provide support to emerging songwriters and composers. Nine awards will be given out, with each recipient receiving a game-changing $15,000 cash prize to support their development.

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.

CLIPPED Music Video Festival 
Applications close 1 May
This competition was created to provide a platform for bands and filmmakers to showcase their work.

Levi’s Music Prize
Applications close 7 May

An exciting new initiative that will enable artists to make the most of their showcase opportunities while at Bigsound. $100,000 in prizes are up for grabs.

CBAA Community Radio Awards
Applications close 8 May
Community radio stations are encouraged to apply. These awards promote and recognise excellence in community broadcasting.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

International 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.

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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