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SCM Best Practice in Artistic Research in Music
27 – 29 September, Sydney
Sydney Conservatorium of Music(SCM) is delighted to announce the Symposium “Best Practice in Artistic Research in Music. Convened by Professor Neal Peres Da Costa, this Symposium will bring together practitioners and policy makers to share information about best practice in artistic research in music.

IAML Australia Conference: Creating, Collecting and Curating in Context
28 – 29 September, Canberra
IAML Australia holds an annual conference, allowing music library, archive and documentation centre professionals to come together to share skills and best practice and remain up to date with developments across the sector.

Classical:NEXT 2018
The call for proposals close 29 September
16 – 18 May, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The call for proposals for Classical:NEXT 2018 are now open. Ideas are sought for showcases, club showcases, project pitches and conference sessions, from artists, ensembles, speakers, project leaders, etc. Successful proposals are selected by an independent jury.

Crush Festival Bundaberg
6 – 15 October, Bundaberg

Crush Festival offers a 10-day Program of innovative arts experiences. Indulge in literary learning, contemporary circus, outdoor music, family craft activities, exhibitions, a film festival, workshops and more.

Revolt Music Conference
12 – 15 October, Miami
The REVOLT Music Conference is a convergence for all who thrive in the music and media content space.

WA Regional Arts Summit
12 – 15 October, Mandurah, WA
The Summit will have an exciting four-day program showcasing a wide variety of art and cultural acts from regional WA. This highly anticipated event will bring in industry leaders from across the state and nationally.

Spark Festival Sydney
13 – 22 October
Spark Festival is a ten program of events and activities which showcases, supports and strengthens the vibrant startup and innovation ecosystem that exists in Sydney, and across all of NSW.

Process – A Sonic Forum
14 October, Melbourne
Process is a day of presentations, discussions and workshops revolving around music, sound, technology, perception and the creative process. The forum is an opportunity to hear from leading sound artists, musicians, composers and researchers in a setting that is open to conversation and exchange.

Fremantle Folk Festival
14 October, Freemantle
Fremantle Folk Festival is a massive family-oriented celebration of music, food, culture and everything we love about Fremantle.

National Community Foundations Forum 2017
17 – 19 October, Melbourne
Taking place across three days, the program features a mix of the practical and the inspirational, featuring interactive workshops and keynotes from international and local sector leaders, advisors, experts and thought leaders.

Turn Up Music Industry Conference
19 October, Sunshine Coast
The purpose of the Turn Up! conference is to provide opportunities for Sunshine Coast musicians and music industry workers to: Come together face-to-face, network, and share practice within the local community.

Digital Directions
19 October, Canberra
The third annual Digital Directions symposium brings together thought leaders, policy makers and key players in the GLAM (gallery, library, archive, museum) sector to work through the big picture issues surrounding the digitisation of cultural collections.

Jazz Under The Stars Festival
19 – 23 October, Melbourne
A new festival has been announced for Melbourne, taking place at Melbourne’s Federation Square.

Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art
19 – 29 October, Sydney

Liveworks festival will consume Carriageworks with some of the most extraordinary new contemporary art from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

British Forum for Ethnomusicology One-Day Conference
Conference 21 October
This conference will focus on the relationship between music and multiculturalism. Music is closely intertwined with representations of difference, intercultural exchange and institutional strategies aimed at promoting liberal multiculturalism.

New Work Order Masterclass: Teaching for the Future
24 October Melborune,26 October, Sydney
Join the Foundation for Young Australians in Melbourne October 24 and Sydney October 26 for a day of in-depth exploration of the skills young people will need to thrive in the future of work.

Fiestalonia Georgia Festival
25 – 30 October, Georgia
If you like dancing, singing or playing any musical instrument, this festival is for you!
Music Cities Convention
26 October, Memphis,
Tennessee, USA
This one day convention will focus on all aspects of music in cities from the problems facing artists to music strategies in cities to smart music cities and how data can be harnessed to help artists. Speakers include Chief Cultural Officer for the City of Philadelphia, Head of Culture for the City of Guadalajara and the musician Emily Barker.

Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference (THNMF)
26 October Perth
The THNMF Conference is a forum for artists from diverse areas of practice, along with critics, commentators and academics, to discuss the ideas that underline contemporary new music and sound art—the histories, methods, theories, approaches, techniques and dreams that make up the modern world of music and sound arts.

XXMT: Symposium for Women & Music Technology
28 October, Wellington, New Zealand
A one-day event of workshops, seminars and performances that aims to highlight, support and encourage women working in music technology.

Australian Music Week
1 – 3 November, Sydney

Australian Music Week (AMW) is a music, film, and entertainment industry conference event that takes place in the venues around Cronulla Beach.

WAMCon Music Conference
3 – 4 November, Perth
Is the ultimate platform to help the music industry – from beginners to pros – navigate their way outta the jungle and into success city.

ISCM World Music Days
2 – 8 November, Vancouver, Canada
The ISCM World Music Days is an annual contemporary music festival organized by the International Society for Contemporary Music, originally created in 1923 as the ISCM Festival as a means to support the most advanced composition tendencies. Each edition is held in a different location, and the programmes are organized by a jury after evaluating the submissions of each ISCM national section.

CBAA Conference
9 – 12 November, Gold Coast
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia(CBAA) annual conference is the premier event in the community broadcasting calendar, bringing together a diverse range of broadcasters, volunteers, technicians and stakeholders to develop and strengthen their skills, knowledge base and sector network.

Ambassadors of Song International Male Chorus Symposium
10 – 11 November, Michigan

An international male chorus symposium featuring performances from the country’s leading collegiate men’s choirs, and workshops from internationally-recognized guest clinicians.

Loop Summit
10 – 12 November, Berlin

A three-day summit presented by Ableton, featuring performances, presentations, studio sessions and workshops aimed at exchanging ideas around technology and creativity.

Unsound Adelaide
16 – 19 November, Adelaide

After four massively popular years presented as part of Adelaide Festival, the iconic experimental music festival returns in an expanded, stand-alone format.

18 November, Brisbane
An eclectic music festival curated by King Gizzard, happening at Brisbane Showgrounds.

Face The Music
23 – 24 November, Melbourne

The annual music conference celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Early Bird tickets are now on sale.

Sensation Festival
25 November, Sydney
This Dutch-born global EDM festival will debut in Sydney later this year. Previous bills have included Eric Prydz, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto.

Don’t Tell Me to Rest! The Reality of Performing Arts Healthcare
25 November, Kingscliff
The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) will be holding its symposium in NSW.

Tokyo Dance Music Event
30 November – 2 December, Tokyo
The unique electronic conference returns again this year, held in the heart of Tokyo.

Jungle Love, Music and Arts Festival
30 November – 2 December
One of the region’s most beloved boutique festivals.

30 November – 3 December, Lismore, NSW
Artstate promises to be an exciting two-day program of speakers exploring the themes of creative practice and creative partnerships. Wrapping around this will be a multi-genre arts program featuring the amazing creatives from the north coast of NSW.

International Choral Festival
2 – 6 December, Rome

Experience the emotion of singing in one of the most beautiful and charming places in the world, Rome.

REMIX Sydney Global Summit
7 – 8 December
REMIX Sydney returns bigger and better for their flagship annual Asia-Pacific summit. This year they are aiming to kick-start even more new collaborations between delegates with our new networking formats alongside the usual insights and inspiration from global creative leaders, all hosted in the inspirational setting of the UTS campus in the heart of Sydney’s innovation precinct.

Chorus Inside Christmas
14 – 18 December, Budapest
One of the most important choral events in Europe taking place in the extraordinary capital of Hungary, Budapest.

Falls Festival
28 December – 7 January
The annual music festival returns again boasting an impressive lineup with the likes of Flume and Fleet Foxes.

19th National Conference of Orff Schulwerk – BRIDGE
7 – 11 January 2018, Sydney
This is the 19th Biennial Conference of the Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk (ANCOS). This conference will provide the opportunity to experience and celebrate the vibrancy and innovation of the Orff Schulwerk approach to creative music and movement education. Music and movement educators from all sectors will enhance their knowledge and skills through active participation in moving, singing, playing, improvising and composing music.

UNIFY 2018
12 – 14 January, Victoria
This heavy metal music gathering will take place across three days in Victoria featuring the likes of Parkway Drive, Tonight Alive and Behind Crimson Eyes.

Laneway Festival 2018
4 February, Sydney
The popular music festival returns, with a line-up announcement expected on 12 September.

Secret Garden
23 – 24 February, Sydney
Secret Garden arts festival returns with its tenth birthday celebrations.

Fundraising Institute Australia Conference
7 – 9 March 2018, Sydney
The Fundraising Institute Australia Conference is the premier learning and development opportunity for fundraising professionals.

Musicology in the Age of (Post)Globalisation
3 – 6 April, New York
This conference will focus on particularly on 21st-century musicology in the context of social, cultural, economic, and political structures, and the impact of 20th-century globalisation or its perceived limits.

World of Choirs, Italy
29 April – 2 May, 2018
An international event organized for development, spreading and popularization of choral singing.

Australian Songwriters Conference
7 – 11 June 2018, Ettalong Beach, NSW
The Australian Songwriters Conference focuses on the craft and business of songwriting and attracts writers, artists, producers and managers from across Australia and internationally.

Australian Strings Association National Conference
7 – 10 July, Perth
The Australian Strings Association National Conference will be held at Trinity College East Perth from Saturday 7th to Tuesday 10th July 2018.

MISTEC 22nd International Pre-Conference Seminar
8 – 12 July, Prague
The Music In Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) 2018 pre-conference seminar to be held in Prague will focus on Global, Lifelong Learning Through Music. This theme feeds into the main ISME conference theme of Life’s Journey Through Music and emphasises music-making and music learning and teaching, across the life-span and across cultures.

World Conference of ISME
15 – 20 July, Azerbaijan
International Society for Music Education (ISME) is working with  partners The Music Educator’s Society of Türkiye (MUZED) to produce the 33rd congress.

Kodály National Conference
1 – 4 October 2018, Perth
Expressions of interest are open to present a paper at the 2018 Kodaly National Conference.


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