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SXSW Conference and Festival
10 – 19 March, 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.

International Choir Contest
19 – 23 March
One of the biggest international choir competitive festivals in the world for both professional and non-profit choirs.

ASO Presents: Scotland The Brave
24 – 25 March, Adelaide
Watch over 100 choral singers, dancers, pipe-band and drum corps, soloists, Highland dancers and Celtic fiddlers in this fantastic concert event celebrating the best of traditional Scottish music.

Bowral Autumn Music Festival
24 – 26 March, NSW
This festival offers something for chamber music lovers of all tastes. Music by Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms will delight along with beautiful new works by Australian composers Ross Edwards, Sally Whitwell, Ann Carr- Boyd, Dan Walker, Percy Grainger and Nicholas Vines.

Emergence Creative Festival
29 March – 1 April
This four day festival held in the Margaret River in WA will bring together creatives from a wide range of areas. Along with live music, it will also feature international keynotes and interactive workshops.

Darwin Fringe Festival Call Out
Applications close 1 April
Darwin Fringe is a ten day, open-access arts festival held annually, created to support and celebrate independent and diverse artists in Darwin. They are now looking for musicians to perform at their next festival taking place 7-16 July.

Call for Papers and Visual Essays in Arts Based Research
Submissions due 31 March

The Post-Graduate Program in Art at the University of Brasilia publishes the academic journal entitled VIS. They are inviting artists and arts educators to contribute works that combine theorizing and practicing to exemplify the best of arts based research. This particular volume will be co-edited by Drs. Belidson Dias, Rita Irwin and Anita Sinner.  Please extend inquiries to any one of the editors at [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected].

Little Lev Piano Festival
Applications close 31 March

Applications are now open for the 2017 Little Lev Piano Festival, a new national program for outstanding pianists aged 10-15 years. Be challenged in a series of advanced masterclasses and performance opportunities.

A Rock and Roll Writer’s Festival
1 – 2 April, 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.

A Rock & Roll Writers Festival – Tour Edition
9 April, Melbourne
A Rock & Roll Writers Festival brings a one-day special event to Melbourne. Featuring a number of acclaimed authors, songwriters, journalists, commentators and broadcasters coming together for an entertaining and engaging day of discussions around creativity, inspiration, and the effect that music and writing have on each other.

Four Winds Latin Spirit Festival
15 – 16 April, Bermagui
A two day festival celebrating flamenco and tango rhythms at the Windsong Pavilion and Four Winds Sound Shell, Bermagui.

Jazz in Paradise Festival
17 April, Broadwater Parklands Southport

Call out for Jazz performers wanting to showcase at this new international Jazz Day Festival being held over Easter. Presented by Working Queensland Inc in partnership with APM Employment, the aim of the festival is to raise community awareness of the virtues and diversity of jazz music. If you would like to apply to perform at the festival, contact Marcia Flower on [email protected]

Canadian Music Week
18 – 22 April, Canada
Now in its 35th year, this event is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America for music business.

Musica Viva Festival
20 – 23 April, Sydney
Experience four days of unmissable musical events, including six unique concerts with extraordinary international and local artists, masterclasses, workshops, talks, exhibitions, demonstrations and more!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Australian Society for Music Education XXI National Conference
15 – 17 July, Melbourne
The theme for the ASME XXI National Conference is Uniting Voices, which seeks to embrace and celebrate music education across the vast array of institutions, organisations and professional associations which provide and support music learning in formal and non-formal contexts through all stages of life.  Call for papers are due 1 March.

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.

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
Call for Papers deadline 20 March
The School of Music at the Australian National University, is pleased to announce a call for papers and submissions for an innovative research conference on “Women in the Creative Arts.” Papers and proposals are invited from scholars and industry practitioners from the creative arts. The topical focus for this conference is the creative work of artists who identify as women. Delegates of all gender identities are invited to submit proposals for papers.

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.

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.

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.


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