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2017 State Regional Arts Conference
Applications close 28 October
Western Australian artists can now apply to showcase their work on a state-wide level at the 2017 State Regional Arts Conference, thanks to Country Arts WA.  Activity in all art forms including music, multi-media and cultural projects are eligible. Successful applicants will also showcase their work in free presentations at the State Regional Arts Conference at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) on 12 – 15 October 2017.

Artlands – Regional Arts Australia (RAA) Conference, Dubbo, NSW
27 – 30 October
Artlands continues the tradition of past RAA conferences being Part Conference, Part Festival, All Arts with four jam-packed days of activity, conversation, discussion, debate and inspiration from across Australia and overseas.

Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2016
27 October – 6 November, Sydney NSW
Presented by Performance Space, artists from across Australia and the Asia Pacific will deliver the most ambitious Liveworks Festival yet. Over two jam-packed weeks, immerse yourself in experimental choreography, kinetic installations, sonic sculptures, captivating Indigenous stories and sexy encounters. Get hands-on with the artists, educators and collaborators of the festival in this specially-curated series of practice-focused sessions.

Bluesfest 2017 – Artist Applications
Expressions of interest close October 31
Expressions of Interest for Bluesfest 2017 are now open, with successful applicants contacted in January 2017.

Western Australian Music Conference
4 – 5 November, Perth
With music industry professionals from around Australia and beyond providing industry insights, game-changing knowledge, inspiring directions and a boat load of priceless networking opportunities, the conference is essential for anyone who wants to take their music careers to the next level.

CBAA Conference
10 – 13 November, Melbourne
The annual CBAA 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.

Face the Music 
17 – 18 November, Melbourne
Face The Music provides all people involved in the Melbourne music community with a platform for professional and creative career development. The two day event features presentations, discussions, networking, music-making workshops, and the hottest tips and tools to give your music career the edge. Early Bird Tickets are now on sale.

Music Australia members receive 10% off 2 day passes. Just email with your member number to receive a discount code.

Melbourne Music Week
11 – 19 November
Melbourne Music Week (MMW) captivates the city from 11 to 19 November 2016 with a nine-day program dedicated to illuminating connections between music, people and places within the city’s world-renowned music scene. Made up of 110 events featuring 240 artists with input from more than 65 dedicated programming partners, MMW’s breadth will be felt in 40 locations across this music city. This year, the MMW Hub is located at the iconic State Library Victoria.

Mountaingrass Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival
18 – 20 November, Harrietville, VIC
Mountaingrass continues the tradition of bringing U.S. Bluegrass and Old-Time acts to play concerts and run workshops for fans and players of all levels. Mountaingrass also showcases a selection of acts from Australia and New Zealand, offering two and a half days of non-stop picking and jamming and lots of opportunities to improve your chops!

Electronic Music Conference, Sydney
28 November – 2 December, Sydney
Asia Pacific’s largest industry event for electronic music. In 2016, EMC is excited to announce the addition of the annual inthemix Awards and the music industry’s annual charity 5-a-side football tournament, Musica Copa.

Music Australia members receive a 20% discount on on all EMCPRO Both Days tickets – email for a discount code.

Performing Wellness Symposium
10 December, Melbourne
This Symposium is presented by The Music, Mind and Wellbeing Group of The University of Melbourne. The stresses and strains of elite musical performance can have debilitating effects on the musical. This symposium offers opportunity for musicians to share their research to promoting performer wellbeing in order to maximise performance potential and enjoyment

Music and the Moving Image XII, Conference at NYU Steinhardt, May 26th – 28th, 2017
CALL FOR PAPERS, Abstracts or synopses due 15 December
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. Abstracts or synopses of papers (250 words) should be submitted to

Jazz Connect Conference
5-6 January 2017, New York, USA
With a theme of “The Family of Jazz,” the conference will again bring together a wide cross-section of the jazz community for over a dozen workshops and 5 plenary sessions, on a variety of timely and engaging subjects.

Illawarra Folk Festival
12 – 15 January 2017
The Illawarra Folk Festival has grown to be one of the largest festivals in Australia. The festival presents approximately 170 performers over four days. Performers, volunteers and audiences alike continue to return to the festival to experience and participate in the diversity of music and performances, and enjoy the intimate, vibrant, community atmosphere the festival has become renowned for.

NAMM Show – Believe in Music
19-22 January 2017, California, USA
The NAMM Show attracts the world’s most powerful buyers. In 2016, the estimated purchasing power of registered global buying companies totalled in excess of $10.7 billion—with 87 percent of The Music Trades national Top 200 Music Stores list present. With the added benefits of valuable educational sessions and networking opportunities, the show is attended by high-quality buyers in search of the latest products, innovations and technology.

Folk Alliance International
15 – 19 February 2017, Missouri, USA
The theme for the 2017 conference, Forbidden Folk, is designed to celebrate activism in art by exploring the past and present role of folk music in civil, labor, pacifist, and environmental movements. The mission of Folk Alliance International is to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community – traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional – through education, advocacy and performance.

Music Tourism Convention
16 – 17 February 2017, Liverpool, UK
VisitBritain, Liverpool Vision & Sound Diplomacy present the world’s first conference bringing together the music and tourism sectors to explore how music impacts, benefits and improves tourism offers, from festivals to heritage, music trails to food and music partnerships.

Adelaide Fringe 2017
17 February – 19 March 2017
Is Australia’s largest and most loved open-access arts festival.

SXSW Conference and Festival
10-19 March 2017, Texas
SXSW 2017 is considered one of the most diverse, collaborative, and inventive communities in the world. In 2017 there will be 24 conference tracks covering a wide variety of topics as seen through the lens of entertainment, tech, and culture. The Interactive, Film, Music, and Comedy festivals promise to bring unparalleled opportunities to discover and connect.

A Rock and Roll Writer’s Festival
1-2 Apr 2017, Brisbane
A Rock & Roll Writers Festival celebrates the creative relationship between writing and music. Fans of music and writing get up close and personal with the creators of stories and songs.

Cork International Choral Festival
26 – 30 April 2017, Ireland
Applications are now open for the 63rd Cork International Choral Festival. The event boasts choirs from across the world coming together for an exciting programme of Gala Concerts, National and international competitions and internationally renowned performances as thousands of participants bring the city to life for five days of wonderful choral music.

Classical:NEXT 2017
17 – 20 May 2017, Rotterdam, Netherlands
An independent jury assembles a handpicked selection of artists, speakers and projects each year from proposals coming in from all over the globe. All movers, shakers and everyday innovators from all sectors of the scene are invited to submit their proposals for the Showcases, Club Showcases, Conferences and Project Pitches to be held at Classical:NEXT 2017 in de Doelen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 17 – 20 May 2017.

The Great Escape: The Festival for New Music
18 – 20 May 2017, Brighton, UK
The Great Escape Convention sits at the heart of the festival, with 3500 music industry professionals from across the world amassing for three days of learning, debating and networking.

6 – 9 June 2017, France
With four packed days of conferences, competitions, networking events and concerts, Midem, is the essential relationship broker of the music industry, provides the full toolkit to forge business connections, promote music at an international level, sign deals and discover the upcoming trends, talent and services that will shape the future of music.

Melbourne International Singers Festival
8 – 12 June 2017
The Melbourne International Singers Festival is proudly presented by School of Hard Knocks, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Artistic Director. Taking place at Deakin Edge, Federation Square Melbourne.

Maryborough Music Conference
5 – 9 July 2017, QLD
This conference is now recognised as Australia’s premier music educator’s event. With a program offering over 100 multiple choice topics over four days led by world renowned national and international music educators, band and choral directors and clinicians. All delegates will have the opportunity to perform in one of the delegate performance ensembles.

ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival – Raising Aspirations of Young Musicians
7 – 9 July 2017, QLD
ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival, in 2017 will take place at Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium, is an invitational event open to Secondary School concert bands, orchestras, choirs and jazz bands worldwide. Participants will experience the competition

ISCM World Music Days
2 – 8 November 2017, 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.

Blacken 2017 – Artist Applications
Blacken Open Air (previously Blacken the Globe) is rebranded and revamped and ready to unleash in the red centre of Australia. They are taking artist applications for the 2017 festival.



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