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Queensland Music Awards
Applications close 21 January

The Queensland music community is now invited to enter their songs and videos in the Queensland Music Awards.

Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition
Applications close 26 January
As the most prestigious guitar competition in the Southern Hemisphere, the Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition attracts competitors from across the globe, providing a unique opportunity for emerging artists to gain exposure on an international stage.

The Schenberg Fellowship (Music)
Applications close 31 January
A prize of $30,000 is on offer for high achieving tertiary students and graduates who wish to pursue an opportunity to undertake further musical studies in composition outside of W.A or overseas.

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.

APRA Music Awards Blues & Roots Work of the Year
Applications close 6 February
The APRA Music Awards are calling on APRA Members to nominate for the Blues & Roots Work of the Year. The winner of this category is determined by broadcast performances on radio and TV as well as digital downloads, streaming and live performance.

Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra (SHSO) Composer Competition
Applications close 28 February
SHSO has announced a new competition for composers to make an original orchestral work.

ABC Young Performer of the Year Awards
Applications close 6 March
ABC Young Performers Awards, are Australia’s most prestigious competition for young classical instrumentalists. The awards, long recognised for their reputation for launching international careers, are hosted by ABC Classic FM and the Music & Opera Singers Trust.

Carol Lloyd Award
Applications close 9 March
The Carol Lloyd Award will be presented to an emerging female identifying singer-songwriter from QLD who wants to kick start their career.

Levi’s Music Prize
Applications close 10 March
The Levi’s Music Prize is open to artists that have played on the Bigsound Festival line-up in the last 5 years, including 2017.

Melbourne Violin Competition
Applications close 31 March
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.

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.

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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