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19 April – 14 May, Melbourne
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 provides a platform for the discussion of the challenges, opportunities, impacts, and solutions associated with climate change.

Cork International Choral Festival
26 – 30 April, 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.

30 April, Adelaide
EOI’s are now open to performers who wish to play at Scorcherfest in Adelaide this April.

International Jazz Day Gala
30 April, Adelaide
The best in jazz talent from South Australia and beyond will be on show at this unique concert festival event.

World of Choirs
30 April – 3 May, Italy
International choir contest World of Choirs is an international event organized for development, spreading and popularization of choral singing.

Metropolis New Music Festival
4 – 6 May, Melbourne
For over 20 years, the Metropolis New Music Festival has introduced Melbourne audiences to some of the best Australian and international contemporary music. The 2017 Festival brings together some of the world’s biggest names and rising stars of contemporary music to rethink the ways in which ancient instruments can be used in creating innovative and intoxicating music for our time.

Schools of the Future Conference (Creative Learning) Conference
5 – 6 May, Sydney
The Schools of the Future Conference is a two day conference that inspires schools to design innovative educational projects that respond to the challenges of our changing world. The challenges the education sector face are well known; international studies and local stories articulate this almost daily. Rather than dwell on the problems, the Schools of the Future Conference is a practical problem-solving think tank bringing together creative people from both inside and outside the education sector.

Applications close 7 May

Artists wishing to showcase at this year’s BIGSOUND conference are now able to apply.

British Forum for Ethnomusicology One-Day Conference
Call for Papers close 8 May
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.

Woodford Folk Festival 2017 EOI’s
EOI’s Close 8 May
Woodford Folk Festival is accepting EOI’s for artists wishing to perform as part of their 2017 Festival.

Spark Festival Call for Submissions
Submissions due 12 May
If you’ve got an idea for an event you’d like to run as part of the festival program, submit it by 12 May. The Spark Festival is a celebration of all things startup, innovation and entrepreneurship, bringing together people, ideas and resources across Sydney and NSW.

Australian Content Conversation
16 – 17 May, Sydney
In conjunction with the Department of Communications and the Arts and Screen Australia, we’ll explore themes including the importance of Australian content, the diversity of local voices and the regulatory challenges and opportunities in a world where citizens expect access to the content they want, when and where they want it.

Classical:NEXT 2017
17 – 20 May, 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, 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.

High Score: Composition and Sound Art for Gaming
20 May, Melbourne
A new one day event dedicated to the art of creating music for games, perfect for musicians wishing to take their composition career to the next level.

20 May, Northern Territory
One of the Northern Territories biggest music festivals, presented by the Northern Territory Government.

Arts Oasis – International Residency for Performers
May 25 – June 1, Italy
Arts Oasis is the annual international residential lab for performing arts practitioners from different countries working in various techniques, genres and styles. This creative residency is open to dancers, choreographers, actors and contemporary circus performers with professional stage experience, multidisciplinary artists passionate and inspired by movement, dance and Physical Theatre, interested in practical research of contemporary performance practice together with colleagues from all over the world.

Music Matters, Call for Bands
Applications close 26 May
Seize the opportunity to perform live in Singapore in front of key music and entertainment industry influencers from Asia and beyond! Music Matters 2017 Artist Application Form, is now open.

Vivid Festival
26 May – 17 June
The annual Sydney based festival of music, lights and ideas have announced their dates as well as the first international headliner, Fleet Foxes.

Sydney Drum & Percussion Show
27 – 28 May, Sydney
Featuring the biggest pop up Drum shop ever assembled in Australia and live Thomas Lang, Virgil Donati, Michael Schack, Lucius Borich, Taikos, Synergy Percussion, Loz Benson, Stan Bicknell, Pete Drummond and many more.

Primavera Pro
31 May – 4 June, Spain
The eighth annual Primavera Pro conference will be returning to the city of Barcelona from 2017. The event is targeted at musicians and music industry professionals.

Sydney Con International Jazz Festival
4 June, Sydney
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Open Academy presents a dynamic new initiative that matches Australia’s best musicians against some of the leading and most dynamic international artists of our times.

Indie Week 2017
5 – 9 June, New York City
Air, Sounds Australia and PPCA are seeking expressions of interest from Australian independent labels to take part in Indie Week, a conference for independent labels hosted by the American Association of Independent Music.

6 – 9 June, 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
Now celebrating its 8th year, the Melbourne International Singers Festival showcases world renowned artists, performers and educators in the magnificent venues in Melbourne’s art precinct.

Audiocraft Conference
10 June, Sydney
The Audiocraft Conference will highlight emerging opportunities for Australian radiomakers and podcasters across all sectors and skill levels.

FEEDBACK Conference
12 June, Sydney

A music conference targeted at young people who want to learn how to enter the music industry.

TEDxSydney 2017
16 June
More information about TEDxSydney 2017 will be released when registrations open to TEDxSydney Members.

19 – 20 June, Sydney NSW
Is an annual event where the entire education and training sector gather together to learn, debate, exchange ideas and be inspired. EduTECH is the only event that brings together schools, tertiary education, VET, and workplace learning under one roof.

NSW School Band Festival
Entries are now open for the NSW School Band Festival, held each year in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium at the University of NSW in Kensington.

30 June – 3 July, Brisbane
The Australian National Choral Association’s 2017 Choralfest will be held in QLD. This event is a celebration of choral music which brings together some of Australia’s finest choirs. Delegate will have the chance to work with and learn from international and Australian conductors who are masters in their craft.

Festival of Voices
30 June – 17 July, Tasmania
As Australia’s premier celebration of the voice, Festival of Voices attracts thousands of singers, choristers and music lovers from all over the world to Tasmania.

43rd Annual Border Music Camp
2 – 8 July, Albury, NSW
The Border Music Camp 2 – 8 July 2017, is a week-long residential camp for musicians of all ages, from beginners to advanced students. Musicians play in one of six large ensembles, experiencing rehearsals under the guidance of skilled Conductors and Tutors.

Maryborough Music Conference
5 – 9 July, 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, 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.

The Golden Voices Of Barcelona
9 – 13 July, Barcelona
The combination of the festival with the competition gives an opportunity to plunge into the atmosphere of celebration and music including choirs wishing to perform outside the contest viewing, and also have the ability to perform in the Sagrada Familia.

20th International Summer Course of Encounter  –  “ORFF meets CLASSIC”
11 – 16 July, Slovakia
The International Master Class Course of Orff-Pedagogy will take place in the Slovakia in collaboration with Constantine the Philosopher University, Faculty of Education, Department of Music and Orff-Association in Slovakia. The tradition of these International Orff-Courses has been based on the successful cross-cultural cooperation of Eastern and Western European countries. The aim of the course will be to deepen and further develop holistic and elemental music pedagogy in schools and other institutions focused on art education.

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival
13 – 23 July, Victoria
The fifth annual Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is commissioned by the Yarra City Council and aims to support local live music venues, musicians, and small businesses throughout the winter period.

Umbrella Winter City Sounds
14 – 30 July, Adelaide
Umbrella: Winter City Sounds is a live music festival in its second year, offering an exciting array of curated live music projects and other performances across the Adelaide CBD.

4th Asian International Choral Festival & Asian Choral Education Conference
15 – 20 July, Singapore
The aim of this conference is to enrich the content of the cultural exchange as a part of “One Belt One Road” strategy, to build the bridge between choir and the world, to promote the cultural exchange of music in Asian countries. During the festival experts, scholars and choral conductors from choral education field all over Asia will gather in Singapore.

11th World Symposium on Choral Music
22 – 29 July, Barcelona
Under the theme “The Colors of Peace”, the Symposium will bring together some of the world’s most prestigious choirs and conductors, as well as professionals of the choral music: composers, conductors, publishers, agencies, etc., all of them with the aim of promoting artistic excellence, cooperation and exchange among the global choral community.

Culture Business Conference
26 – 28 July, Melbourne
This year’s Culture Business Conference will be tacking the topic “The Art of Fundraising”.  The conference program will cover everything from philanthropy to membership, online retail, communications, corporate sponsorship, and government funding, and is dedicated to fundraisers working in the visual and performing arts and creative sector.

AIR Music Conference 2017
27 – 28 July, Melbourne

The Australian Independent Records (AIR) Association has announced a brand new music industry conference which will be in conjunction with the 11th Annual AIR Awards ceremony.

Broadbeach Country Music Festival
28 – 30 July, Gold Coast
Next year’s festival is already boasting a stellar bill, including performances by acclaimed country acts such as America, Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley.

27th Australian Festival of Chamber Music
28 July – 5 August, Townsville
Planning is underway for the 2017 festival, with the festival program being launched 28 March.

Adobe Make It
2 – 3 August, Sydney
Is the opportunity to join 2,000 fellow designers, artists, filmmakers and innovative thinkers as Adobe unveils an afternoon of inspiration, conference and workshop sessions.

23rd International Kodaly Symposium
8 – 13 August, Canada
Featuring world class papers, posters, and workshops for scholars, performers, and practitioners. Sessions delivered by local and international presenters with topics ranging from classroom to choral, encompassing all age groups.

Women in the Creative Arts
10 – 12 August, Australian National University
The School of Music at the Australian National University is hosting the an innovative research conference on “Women in the Creative Arts.”

Buskers By The Creek
Artist applications close 14 August
Australia’s biggest busking festival has opened applications for performers. The festival will happen at the Gold Coast in October.

APACA Conference: ‘Outside In’
21 – 24 August, Chatswood, NSW
APACA’s 31st Annual Performing Arts Conference ‘Outside, In’ and Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] will take place in Sydney in 2017, where they explore how we tackle ‘silo thinking’ and invite all people into our ecology, making it richer and more inclusive.

DIY Musician Conference
25 – 27 August, Nashville, USA
This conference focuses wholeheartedly on the needs of today’s independent artist. Allowing the participant to learn from active industry leaders, make lasting connections, and walk away with not only a plan of action, but also a renewed sense of direction and excitement about your career.

Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit
11 – 12 September, Canberra
The Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit brings together Australian funders, political leaders, and policy makers to meet at the heart of Australia’s political system. It is a unique event which helps philanthropy and government understand each other’s perspectives and priorities and how they can work together to achieve shared objectives.

Music Matters
9 – 13 September, Singapore
Music Matters, Asia’s premier independent music festival comes back to Singapore in September 9-13 2017, for its seventh edition for 5 big days of music discovery.

Peace, Empathy and Conciliation Through Music: A Collaboratory
21 – 22 September, Melbourne
Paper submissions close 1 June
This collaboratory will bring together researchers, practitioners (musicians including performers, community musicians, music educators, music therapists; community development workers; social service workers; arts organisation delegates), and arts and community policymakers to share ideas around the ways that music is used to develop peace, empathy and conciliation.

Spark Festival Sydney
October 13 – 22
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.

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.

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.

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.

Western Sydney Live & Local Initiative: Artist Call Out
Live Music Office will coordinate a series of multi-venue live music events in Western Sydney using its Live and Local model. These events are great news for Western Sydney musicians, venues and local audiences, and are set to take place over the next two years and will be coordinated by local councils. Through ArtsNSW, the State Government has committed $250,000 to the project, and 100% of this funding will go to the local musicians, venues and technicians working on the events.

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.


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