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Acoustic Guitar Spectacular
13 July – 4 August, Queensland

A hand-picked group of internationally recognised acoustic guitarists from across the globe join forces to weave memorable musical magic. Expressions of interest to perform are also now open.

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.

Outcome Unknown
21 – 29 July, Various Locations

Outcome Unknown will see a series of experimental music concerts and workshops in Denmark, Albany, Bunbury and Mandurah, featuring a mix of Perth and regional artists doing solo and collaborative sets.

Splendour In The Grass
21 July, North Byron
The iconic Australian music festival returns with headline Kendrick Lamar.

Sound Spaces
21 July, Melbourne
Game On brings together musical mavericks Julian Day and Ensemble Offspring to explore performance practises derived from game theory and sport.

There’s A Lot Of It Going Around
21 – 23 July, Sydney
A two-day punk festival featuring a variety of Australian talent.

SBF Sydney Music Education Conference 2018
18 – 21 July, Surry Hills
Dr Peter Boonshaft (USA) and Monte Mumford lead a team of music education specialists taking you through everything you need to know in order to run a successful school or community band program.

Mackay Chamber Music Festival
20 – 22 July, Mackay
The weekend includes four concerts as well as masterclasses for local students and a professional development session for local piano teachers.

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.

Remix Summit
2 August, Perth
Creative innovators will gather to explore the future of the creative industries and the intersection of culture, tech and entrepreneurship.

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.

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.

Bigsound Music Tech Showcase
4 September, Brisbane
After a successful 2017 launch, Bigsound Festival in 2018 will see the return of a bigger and better Bogsound Music Tech Showcase.

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.

Giiyong Festival
22 September, Jigamy
South East NSW is welcoming a one day multi-arts festival, celebrating traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture. It is the first such event held within the Yuin Nation.

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.

Yours and Owls Festivals
29 – 30 September, Wollongong
The coastal town of Wollongong will play host to some of the most exciting artists to explode on to their hometown stage.

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.

ASME State Conference
4 – 5 October, Melbourne
The theme of this year’s Australian Society for Music Educators Conference is Creative Music-Making – the How, Why and Way.

Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference (ANBOC)
4 – 7 October, Brisbane

An event aimed at developing your direction of school and community ensembles of all levels.

Escape ARTfest
4 – 7 October, Milton Ulladulla
Four huge days of hands-on workshops, exhibitions, artist talks and exciting creative events. Volunteers are now welcome to apply.

4 – 7 October, Blue Mountains
A peak professional development event for singing teachers in Australia. The keynote speakers are Brian Gill and David Sisco (USA).

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.

The World Music Expo
24 – 28 October, Spain
Over 2,500 music industry professionals from around the world will be attending the World Music Expo in Spain in October. Registrations are now open.

Artist applications close 25 October

Apply now for the 2019 South By South West event.

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

China International Import Expo
5 – 10 November, Shanghai

China’s First International Import Expo under a cultural classification, held in China National Exhibition Centre in Shanghai.

Australian Music Week
7 – 11 November, Sydney

Now in its fourth year, Australian Music Week is searching for more than 100 acts, across a range of genres, to put in front of top-notch talent scouts from around the globe.

Voices of Remembrance
9 – 10 November, Queensland
A commemorative concert starring renowned NZ baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes and award-winning songstress Katie Noonan.

Art of Good Health and Wellbeing
12 – 15 November

This conference continues its exploration of “Mental Health and Resilience through the Arts”, as the overarching theme.

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.

Folk Alliance International Conference
13 – 17 February, Montreal
Applications are now open to play at one of the world’s largest folk festivals and conferences.

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.

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.


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