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9 – 18 March

The South by Southwest conference and festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries.

Not For Profit Conference
15 March, Melbourne
Designed specifically for the Not for Profit sector, this conference features expert speakers and topics that are relevant to all small and medium sized NFP organisations, and provides the opportunity to network with your peers, other NFP professionals and NFP suppliers.

National Freelance Day – 2018 Conference
15 March Melbourne
Being your own boss is the freelancer’s dream, but for many, it’s only one part of a much bigger journey. National Freelance Day this year will explore what it takes for freelancers to become not just sustainable, but what freelancers can do to begin expanding and diversifying their careers or business.

CMVic Music Camp
16 – 18 March, Victoria

Community Music Victoria, the state’s peak body for community music, is holding its fifth annual music camp overlooking Western Port Bay in Grantville, South Gippsland.

DAYTiME – A Day of Technology in Music Education
19 March, Perth
Presented by Music EDnet, DAYTiME is an annual one-day conference come professional development day focused on integrating technology into your music program.

Miami Music Week
20 – 25 March, Miami

Miami Music Week (MMW) is a collection of hotel, pool, and club events held around Miami and South Beach during Ultra Music Festival.

29 March – 2 April
Australia’s premier music festival showcasing international and local music every Easter long weekend, just north of Byron Bay.

National Folk Festival
29 March – 2 April, Canberra
The 52nd National Folk Festival has announced its first round of artists for 2018, with six headline acts from the UK and Australia.

Bleach* Festival
29 March – 15 April, Gold Coast
The Gold Coast’s signature arts and cultural festival.  Program announced early 2018.

Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities
30 March – 1 April, Japan

An interdisciplinary conference on Asian spaces, cultures and ideas that will be held in Kobe this year.

Winter Music Festival
March, Florida
An electronic music conference held in Miami, aimed at industry professionals, producers, artists, promoters, record labels, and enthusiasts.

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.

Festival 2018
4- 15 April, Queensland
As part of the Gold Coast’s Commonwealth Games arts and cultural program, see a number of standout acts performing for free including Amy Shark, Cat Empire, Meg Mack, Alex the Astronaut, Thundamentals, The Preatures and so many more.

Ability Fest
7 April. Melbourne

The all-inclusive festival which will launch the Dylan Alcott Foundation with all proceeds going to a charity organisation that helps young Australians with disabilities.

Women of the World Festival
8 April, Queensland
Australian stars Clare Bowditch, Deborah Conway, Emily Wurramara and Hannah Macklin and multicultural vocal ensemble The Verandah ChiX celebrate women in music and the Commonwealth’s greatest female musicians.

Voices For Peace
4 – 8 April, Italy
A unique festival featuring choirs from around the world. If you would like the chance to perform at this event visit the website.

Fastforward Sydney
12 – 13 April, Sydney

A boutique music conference aimed at connecting the next generation of music industry leaders.

Showcase Victoria
17 – 18 April, Darebin

This annual event brings together producers, presenters, artists, venue & festival managers, community development workers and programmers of all kinds, to experience an exciting and diverse range of high quality work, and ultimately to facilitate touring. Applications to showcase are now open.

Music Cities Convention
18 – 19 April, Melbourne
Music Cities Convention is the largest global reaching conference exploring the relationship between music and the built environment. Join leaders and executives from across the public and private sectors to explore and define the impact of music ecosystems on our cities and urban life.

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

Connecting Up Conference
2 – 4 May, Brisbane
The Connecting Up Conference is about knowledge sharing, problem solving and embracing technology to help your not-for-profit organisation make a difference.

Copywriting Conference Australia
5 May, Sydney
This conference will be jam-packed with content to help you build a better business, learn new copywriting skills, and grow your revenue.

Day On The Plain
5 May, Queensland
A day long music festival featuring acts like The Eurogliders, Wendy Matthews, Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows, Glenn Shorrock, Richard Clapton, Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde.

International Conference of Arts and Health
7-9 May, Netherlands

Art Education Committee, Chinese Adult Education Association and CAET journal are proud to announce its first International Conference of Arts and Health (ICAH) to be held in Amsterdam in 2018.

Music and the Moving Image Conference
18 – 24 May, New York
The annual conference, Music and the Moving Image, encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPhone, computer, and live performances) and that of music and sound through paper presentations.

Semi Permanent
24 – 26 May, Sydney
Semi Permanent brings together internationally creative thinkers and renowned leaders to share their work and insights over three days at Carriageworks.

Vivid LIVE
25 May – 16 June
Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House is a celebration of ambitious popular music within the city’s annual Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas. Solange has just been announced on the bill.

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.

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018
8 – 11 June, Melbourne
Melbourne’s most exciting festival for singers and choirs will present stunning opportunities to work with some of the world’s finest conductors, composers, arrangers and musicians.

TEDxSydney 2018
15 June, Sydney

TEDxSydney returns with the theme HumanKind, exploring the things that unite us as humans like our ingenuity, our cultures, our compassion, our kindness and our humanity.

24th International Symposium on Electronic Art
23 – 30 June, South Africa
The International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) is one of the world’s most prominent international arts and technology events.

The Ecoacoustics Congress
24 – 28 June, Brisbane
The aim of the 2018 congress is to bring together scientists, natural resource managers, industry and artists to explore the ways that sound can deepen our understanding of the environment.

25 – 16 June, Sydney

Alongside the spectacular site-responsive light works across Sydney, a month long program of panel talks, masterclasses and keynote speakers is presented.

20th International Conference on Cultural Economics
26 – 29 June, Melbourne

RMIT University is hosting the 20th International Conference on Cultural Economics, presented by the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI).

International Conference on The Arts in Society
27 – 29 June, Canada
The 13th International Conference on the Arts in Society features research addressing the following annual themes: arts education, art theory and history, new media technology and the arts, and social and political agendas.

Festival of Voices
29 June – 1 July, Tasmania
Festival of Voices is Australia’s premiere celebration of the voice. The reach and reputation of Festival of Voices has grown far and wide. It has become known internationally as a special meeting place for singers to come and sing, share and hang out with each other.

King St Corner Pocket Jazz Festival
5 – 7 July, Perth
The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) are proud to present the inaugural King St Corner Pocket Jazz Festival as part of our 35th Anniversary celebrations.

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.

Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song
7 – 13 July, Melbourne
The Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song (MIFLAS) is an annual celebration of Lieder and art song. They are now calling for singers and pianists to join, applications close 3 April. Visit their site for entry requirements.

Umbrella: Winter City Sounds
13 – 29 July, Adelaide

Music SA’s Umbrella: Winter City Sounds returns with over 300 live music events which are expected to engulf Adelaide’s CBD and suburbs.

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.

Gympie Music Muster
23 – 26 August, Amamoor Creek State Forest
As one of Australia’s largest charity festivals, the Muster has a unique community spirit, based on collaboration and artist to audience connection.

DIY Musician Conference
24 – 26 August, Nashville

A conference focused wholeheartedly on the needs of today’s independent artist.

Performing Arts Exchange
2 – 6 September, Western Australia

The next Performing Arts Exchange and PAC Australia conference ‘Making Space’ will be held at the Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha. Applications to present are now open.

Kodály National Conference
1 – 4 October 2018, Perth
The 2018 Kodály National Conference New Horizons: Diverse Perspectives, Shared Journey  invites music educators and the broader community to reflect on new possibilities in Kodály-inspired research and practice.

Artlands Victoria
10 – 14 October, Bendigo
Artlands Victoria will present a four day conference program, designed to inspire and provide a platform for agenda-setting discussions connecting local and national art leaders, researchers and makers on timely regional arts issues. Artsland are now calling for papers and presentations to be submitted, applications close 16 April. 

Music Cities Convention
11 – 12 October, Louisiana
Partnering with Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, delegates will experience two days of inspiring and informative presentations, as well as have the opportunity to experience the international Festivals Acadiens et Creoles.

Artstate Bathurst
1 – 4 November
Artstate is a four-year program of conversations, partnerships and opportunities for regional artists and arts organisations.

13 – 16 April 2019
Choralfest is a showcase for the amazing talent that are Choral Singers and Performances. It’s a great opportunity to work with and learn from international and Australian conductors who are masters in their craft.


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