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Musica Viva Festival
25 – 28 April, Sydney
Join the fun at the Musica Viva Festival, where the world’s great performers rub shoulders with rising stars and fans.Heading the list of visiting artists is a double bass player who is only ever referred to as “the best in the world”: Edgar Meyer. He is joined by some of his friends and collaborators including pianist Andrew Tyson and brilliant young violinist Tessa Lark. Choose any 3 concerts and save 20% off a multipack subscription.

Fairbridge Festival
26 – 28 April, 2019

Western Australia’s folk, roots, blues, acoustic, Celtic, acapella and world music festival.

Canadian Music Week
6 – 12 May, Toronto

Each year Canadian Music Week attracts thousands of artists and industry from around the world to gather in Toronto, ON for an entire week of live music, learning, and making new connections.

Albury Wodonga Arts & Culture Festival EOI
Applications close 8 May

A festival inspired by the unique properties of its location – two cities, two states, divided by the Murray River. They are seeking expressions of interest from artists to create immersive and exciting festival experiences which stimulate curiosity, creativity and a vibrant community spirit.

Classical: Next
15 – 18 May 2019, Rotterdam
Classical:NEXT is the biggest and most essential annual meeting for classical music.

DAYTiME – A Day of Technology in Music Education
17 May, Melbourne
Presented by Music EDnet, DAYTiME is an annual one-day professional development conference focusing on the effective integration of technology in music education. It offers a unique opportunity to hear from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced exponents of the use of technology in music education, as well as some time to network with your peers and share ideas and resources.

Vivid Festival
24 May – 15 June, Sydney
Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events.

Vivid Schools
27 – 30 May, Sydney
Vivid School will give High School students in Years 9-12 the opportunity to meet artists behind the event’s acclaimed light installations, and to learn more about the processes involved in the light art production to inform them about careers in creative industries.

Melbourne International Singers Festival
6 – 10 June, Melbourne

Now in its tenth year, Australia’s most exciting singers festival for all choirs, singing groups and individual singers, is proud to present a bigger and even more diverse program over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in Melbourne.

DAYTiME – A Day of Technology in Music Education
7 June, Brisbane
Presented by Music EDnet, DAYTiME is an annual one-day professional development conference focusing on the effective integration of technology in music education. It offers a unique opportunity to hear from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced exponents of the use of technology in music education, as well as some time to network with your peers and share ideas and resources.

DAYTiME – A Day of Technology in Music Education
14 June, Sydney
Presented by Music EDnet, DAYTiME is an annual one-day professional development conference focusing on the effective integration of technology in music education. It offers a unique opportunity to hear from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced exponents of the use of technology in music education, as well as some time to network with your peers and share ideas and resources.

ANZ Night Time Economy Forum
12 – 14 June, Sydney

A forum discussing ways we can create a vibrant night time economy in Sydney after dark, looking at Amsterdam as a case study.

Indie Week 2019
17 – 20 June, New York
Indie Week is a member-only conference for record labels and service providers with a strong focus on the exploitation of master recordings, licensing, networking and digital. Are you an indie label keen to take part in an Australian delegation to New York? Expressions of interest close 1 March.

Make Music Day
21 June, Various Locations

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on the same day. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Make Music Day encourages both amateur and professional music making, and empowers individuals to seek out ways to celebrate and express music in their community.

Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference
8 – 12 July, Brisbane
The Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference was launched in 1993 in Adelaide, and brings together pianists, teachers, students, scholars, piano enthusiasts and composers from all over Australia and beyond. Early bird registrations close this Friday.

12th World Symposium on Choral Music
11 – 18 July 2020, New Zealand
The Symposium is the world’s premier choral event, it draws together the world’s leading choirs, conductors, composers and administrators for a superlative experience of concerts, seminars, masterclasses and workshops.

BIGSOUND
3 – 6 September, Fortitude Valley
BIGSOUND is back with this year’s theme revealed as ‘The Artist As CEO’. BIGSOUND will be waving goodbye to its traditional conference home at the Judith Wright Centre and saying hello to Cloudland, providing expanded conference and meeting facilities right in the heart of the BIGSOUND Festival precinct. Apply before 2 May for the rare chance to perform in front of some of the most influential figures in the international music industry by showcasing at BIGSOUND Festival.

The Great Escape
16 – 18 May, England

If you’re planning on attending The Great Escape in Brighton, England next year, you can take advantage of the Super Early Bird price for a 2019 Delegate pass.

Blues On Broadbeach Music Festival
16 – 19 May, Broadbeach
Multi-award-winning Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival is returning for its 18th year with top local and international acts you don’t want to miss.

Aspire International Youth Music Festival
17 – 20 July, Gold Coast

A world renowned youth music festival, fostering a culture of musical excellence and international connectedness, raising the aspirations of all students who take part.

Bush Bands Bash
8 September, Alice Springs

MusicNT present Bush Bands Bash, the annual showcase of contemporary Indigenous music at Telegraph Station, Alice Springs.

Reeperbahn Festival
18 – 21 September 2019, Hamburg
Australia has been announced as the focus country at Reeperbahn Festival 2019.

Communicating the Arts
12 – 14 November, Sydney
Join the energetic and provocative conversations about these questions and more at Communicating the Arts conference, the first international communications conference gathering the visual and performing arts sector.

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