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Festival of Summer Voices: Choral Explorations
19 January, Sydney
Join Gondwana National Choirs for a day and try choral styles you didn’t even know existed!

Sing’n’Pray Kobe
25 – 29 January, Japan

More than 600 singers will be gathering in Kobe and international choirs are also invited to sing for peace in the world in the beautiful Kobe Bunka Hall.

Laneway Festival 2018
4 February, Sydney
The popular music festival returns, with a line-up announcement expected on 12 September.

ADA Copyright Forum
9 February, Sydney
The Australian Digital Alliance(ADA) Copyright Forum is Australia’s premier event on copyright and the public interest.

Folk Alliance International Conference
14 – 18 February, Kansas City, USA

This annual conference is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community.

Earth Frequency Festival 2018
16 February, South-East Queensland

Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit.

Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM)
19 February – 23 February, Brisbane
APAM’s key purpose continues to be the increase of international and national touring opportunities for Australian contemporary performing arts groups and artists.

Secret Garden
23 – 24 February, Sydney
Secret Garden arts festival returns with its tenth birthday celebrations.

Hyperfest
24 February, Perth
Perth’s leading boutique all-ages festival is back in 2018 with a huge line-up of local and national talent.

DAYTiME – A Day of Technology in Music Education
26 February, Adelaide
Presented by Music EDnet, DAYTiME is an annual one-day conference come professional development day focused on integrating technology into your music program.

Fundraising Institute Australia Conference
7 – 9 March, Sydney
The Fundraising Institute Australia Conference is the premier learning and development opportunity for fundraising professionals.

SXSW
9 – 18 March

The South by Southwest conference and festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries.

National Freelance Day – 2018 Conference
15 March Melbourne
Being your own boss is the freelancer’s dream, but for many, it’s only one part of a much bigger journey. National Freelance Day this year will explore what it takes for freelancers to become not just sustainable, but what freelancers can do to begin expanding and diversifying their careers or business.

DAYTiME – A Day of Technology in Music Education
19 March, Perth
Presented by Music EDnet, DAYTiME is an annual one-day conference come professional development day focused on integrating technology into your music program.

National Folk Festival
29 March – 2 April, Canberra
The 52nd National Folk Festival has announced its first round of artists for 2018, with six headline acts from the UK and Australia.

Bleach* Festival
29 March – 15 April, Gold Coast
The Gold Coast’s signature arts and cultural festival.  Program announced early 2018.

Winter Music Festival
March, Florida
An electronic music conference held in Miami, aimed at industry professionals, producers, artists, promoters, record labels, and enthusiasts.

Musicology in the Age of (Post)Globalisation
3 – 6 April, New York
This conference will focus on particularly on 21st-century musicology in the context of social, cultural, economic, and political structures, and the impact of 20th-century globalisation or its perceived limits.

Voices For Peace
4 – 8 April, Italy
A unique festival featuring choirs from around the world. If you would like the chance to perform at this event visit the website.

Fastforward Sydney
12 – 13 April, Sydney

A boutique music conference aimed at connecting the next generation of music industry leaders.

Showcase Victoria
17 – 18 April, Darebin

This annual event brings together producers, presenters, artists, venue & festival managers, community development workers and programmers of all kinds, to experience an exciting and diverse range of high quality work, and ultimately to facilitate touring. Applications to showcase are now open.

Music Cities Convention
18 – 19 April, Melbourne
Music Cities Convention is the largest global reaching conference exploring the relationship between music and the built environment. Join leaders and executives from across the public and private sectors to explore and define the impact of music ecosystems on our cities and urban life.

World of Choirs, Italy
29 April – 2 May, Italy
An international event organized for development, spreading and popularization of choral singing.

Connecting Up Conference
2 – 4 May, Brisbane
The Connecting Up Conference is about knowledge sharing, problem solving and embracing technology to help your not-for-profit organisation make a difference.

Copywriting Conference Australia
5 May, Sydney
This conference will be jam-packed with content to help you build a better business, learn new copywriting skills, and grow your revenue.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DIY Musician Conference
24 – 26 August, Nashville

A conference focused wholeheartedly on the needs of today’s independent artist.

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.

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.

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

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