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Stonnington Jazz Festival
10 – 20 May, Victoria

Stonnington Jazz Festival is firmly established as an important event on the national jazz calendar.

Groovin the Moo
12 May, Western Australia
The all-ages music festival returns with a stop in Bunbury, W.A.

Music Biz
14 May, Nashville

Music Biz, the annual event of the Music Business Association, is North America’s only conference that brings together the influential decision-makers from the commerce, content and creative communities under one roof for four productive days of meetings, education and networking.

DAYTiME, A Day of Technology in Music Education
18 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.

Music Education Matters
18 May, Scotland
This one-day conference includes talks, workshops, networking opportunities and interactive sessions with leading professionals in music education.

EOI’s Open Melbourne Music Week
EOI’s close 18 May
Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is an annual, nine day music event presented by City of Melbourne. There are numerous ways to be a part of the official program. City of Melbourne invites individuals, groups, businesses and venues to apply via an EOI.

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.

ASME Composition Workshop
19 May, Sydney

Presented by the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME), this workshop is suitable for primary school teachers, both specialist and generalist, and junior secondary teachers as well as teacher trainees.

Bass in the Grass Festival
19 May, Darwin

People’s Choice Bass in the Grass Music Festival returns to Darwin’s George Brown Botanic Gardens in the Darwin Amphitheatre.

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.

Audiocraft Podcast Festival
1 – 3 June, Sydney
Makers and lovers of audio! This event is for you. Hear from a stellar lineup of radio and podcast superstars including Audible’s Jesse Baker, ABC’s Beverley Wang, Robert Smith (NPR’s Planet Money), Helen Zaltzman (The Allusionist from Radiotopia) and more. Listen in, boost your audio-making skills and level up your podcasting game.

DAYTiME, A Day of Technology in Music Education
1 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.

Sydney Con International Jazz Festival
3 June, Sydney
Don’t miss this extraordinary day of Jazz events here at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sun 3 June. Affordable, accessible and show casing the best of Jazz from Australia, Sydney and the World. Featuring: Gretchen Parlato (US), Kris Davis (Can), Tony Malaby (US), Magda Mayas & Tony Buck (Aus), Andrea Keller & Mike Nock, Barney McAll, Stu Hunter, Sam Anning, Jonathan Zwartz, Kevin Hunt, Judy Bailey.

WA State Band Championships
2 – 4 June, Western Australia
State Band Championships for Western Australia.

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.

MIDEM
5 – 8 June, France
Midem is the international B2B music event for key players from the music ecosystem to forge business connections and explore current music trends.

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.

CURVY Creative Women’s Conference
9 – 10 June, Sydney
Curvy is an annual showcase of tenacious, boundary-breaking women who are leading progressive industries.

Feedback – A Music Conference for Young People
11 June, Sydney
MusicNSW brings together some of the best in the biz at FEEDBACK as a part of Vivid Ideas to give young people interested in the music industry the inside scoop. This is where you’ll discover how to get gigs, release music, build a fan base, work with publicists, get airplay, find a manager and much more.

Creative State Summit
14 – 15 June, Melbourne
Over two days the summit will feature national and international keynotes, plus the opportunity to follow a speaker, attend practical workshops and participate in open forums.

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.

Make Music Day
21 June, Various Locations

The Australian Music Association  invites cities, towns and places to celebrate Make Music Day, giving community members of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions the chance to experience the joy of making music together.

DAYTiME, A Day of Technology in Music Education
22 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.

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.

VIVID Ideas
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.

Music Mark Summer Summit
26 June, London

Attend this summit for insight into the UK’s National Plan for Music Education. Experts come together to analyse what is working in the plan, and what is not.

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.

The Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference
6 – 8 July, Melbourne
This three-day conference will focus on the music of composers and performers who identify as female or non-binary in gender across the composition and performance of all styles of composition.

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.

Indie-Con Australia
26 – 27 July, Adelaide
The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) will host its second two-day Indie-Con Australia Conference.

Groundwater Country Music Festival
27 – 29 July, Townsville

Groundwater Country Music Festival (formerly Broadbeach Country Music Festival) has announced a slew of names to join its already huge 2018 line-up.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM)
27 July – 5 August, Townsville

A unique festival featuring six world and 16 Australian premieres and starring more than thirty-five internationally acclaimed musicians.

Newcastle Music Festival
2 – 19 August, Newcastle

A festival based in Newcastle featuring local musicians sharing the stage with inspiring guests.

The Adelaide Guitar Festival
9 – 12 August
Is a four-day biennial festival, curated by internationally renowned Australian guitarist, Slava Grigoryan. Unbound by genre and acclaimed for its outstanding quality, its concerts span rock, jazz, folk, classical, experimental, blues and roots music.

Sydney Guitar Festival
9 – 19 August, Sydney
Sydney’s premier guitar event, the festival celebrates the diverse instrument’s rich history and exciting future, packed with maestros sourced from the Australian guitar scene and the world over.

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.

Bigsound
4 September, Brisbane
Australia’s four-day international music industry gathering is back taking place in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Artist applications are now open. Music Australia members are entitled to $100 off Bigsound tickets, simply contact us for your discount code.

Unlimited Festival and Symposium
5 – 9 September, London
Unlimited: The Symposium is a two-day discussion event leading into Southbank’s Unlimited Festival, and is aimed at professionals in the cultural sector – both in the UK and internationally – who want to engage with different perspectives and to plan for real change.

Music Matters Live
7 – 12 September, Singapore
Music Matters Live plays alongside the All That Matters conference covering the latest global topics and trends in the Music, Sports, Online Entertainment, Gaming and Marketing industries.

Meeting Place
24 – 26 September, Alice Springs

Presented by Arts Access Australia, this will be the first time Meeting Place is held in regional Australia and will provide an important opportunity to hear the stories of our regional artists with a disability.

4Elements HipHop Festival
30 September, Sydney
4Elements HipHop Festival (4ESydney) turns 5 in 2019 and to celebrate we’re expanding into a ten day festival and conference. Submissions are now open for performing artists, graffiti writers and visual artists, film makers, academics from all industries and creatives who work within or engage with the hip hop culture to either perform, showcase their works or be part of a discussion panel.

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.

Australian Band and Orchestra Conference
4 – 7 October, Queensland
Australian Band and Orchestra Conference (ANBOC) will be the premier gathering for Australian instrumental music educators and ensemble directors, providing delegates with extensive professional development activities, outstanding performances and masterclasses, as well a broad range of networking opportunities.

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.

Turn Up Sunshine Coast Music Industry Conference
18 October, Sunshine Coast
Music industry panels, keynotes, workshops and more. Artist showcase applications are now open and close 28 May.

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

Melbourne Music Week
16 – 24 November
Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is an annual, nine day music event presented by City of Melbourne.

Culture Business Canberra
21 – 22 November, Canberra

The program will feature practical case studies, inspiring keynotes and exclusive networking opportunities, with international creative leaders sharing cutting edge fundraising strategies and business models. Call out for paper contributions close 20 June.

Choralfest
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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