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Illawarra Folk Festival Competition
Applications close 30 May
Expressions of interest to perform at the 34th Illawarra Folk Festival are now open. Youth artists have until August 2018 to apply.

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.

Australian Songwriting Contest
Applications close 31 May
The 2018 Australian Songwriting Contest is now open.

Big Sky Girls
Applications close 31 May
A songwriting mentorship program for young regional women aged 15 – 25.

Bush Bands
Applications close 1 June
The biggest celebration of Aboriginal desert music, the Bush Bands competition received a record breaking number of entries for 2017.

Fanfare Competition
Applications close 4 June
The Fanfare competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To enter, write a 30-second composition and submit a score and recording online.

The Alida Vane Award
Applications close 5 June
The competition is being held to discover new, talented opera singers, help their professional development and honour the memory of Latvian opera singer, Alida Vane.

Unsigned Only Competition
Applications close 6 June
Unsigned Only has reopened entries for a special promotion called The Grand Slam.

Busan Maru Internatioanl Music Festival Competition
Applications close 7 June
The Busan MARU International Music Festival of Korea is now accepting entries for their Concerto and Composition Competition.

National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAS)
Nominations close 8 June
An annual ceremony celebrating achievements by Indigenous artists across the country.

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.

Australia Prizes
Applications close 2 July
The Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) is inviting nominations for its 2018 Australia Prizes. This is an excellent opportunity to nominate yourself, a friend or colleague who has enriched and contributed to Australian cultural and intellectual life.

Just Music Songwriting Competition
Applications close 15 July
Express yourself by entering The Law Society of New South Wales’ Just Music song writing competition.

Boulder International Chamber Music Competition
Applications close 15 July
The Art of Duo presented by the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition focuses on the chamber music in its most intimate form, a duo with piano.

AIR Awards
26 July, Adelaide
The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) awards will see over 40 of Australia’s finest recording artists nominated for one of this year’s prestigious awards.

Bartók World Competition Composers
Applications close 31 August
The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Budapest, the founder of the Bartók World Competition announces a prestigious competition for composers to create solo piano pieces.

Isabel Menton Composition Award
Applications close 31 August
Australian Catholic University has announced the fourth annual Isabel Menton Composition Award for unpublished and previously unperformed choral works.

RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition
Applications close 18 September
This major competition offered by the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) offers an all-round learning experience for young pianists under 30 from all over the world.

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.

Australian Women in Music Awards
9 – 10 October, Brisbane
Some of the biggest names in the Australian Music Industry have joined forces to support the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA).

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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