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Engaging Students with Disability Forum
14 – 15 September, Sydney
Discover how dance, music, theatre and visual arts can unlock your students’ learning. This two-day forum offers teachers, families and artists practical ways to build creative skills, exchange ideas and share inspiration to embed creative arts learning in classroom practice.

Bush Bands Bash
16 September, Alice Springs
MusicNT have announced the line up for one of the biggest annual showcase of Aboriginal music in Australia.

Pilbara Creative and Cultural Forum
21 – 22 September, Newman WA
Expert speakers and creative practitioners are brought together in the heart of one of the country’s richest cultural resources: the Pilbara, to take on the big questions.

Sydney MicroFest
22 September, Sydney
An annual festival of microtonal music.

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.

Music Education Expo
23 September, South Australia

An event for all music educators from all sectors to gather, network and hear about our industry.

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.

Symposium: Correct, But Not Beautiful Performance
27 – 30 September, Sydney

This four-day event brings together musicians interested in exploring the meaning of notation from the 1800s.

28 September, London
Following successful FastForward conferences in Amsterdam, London and Sydney, they’ll be returning to The British Library at London’s Kings Cross for an exciting one-day event of keynotes, panel discussions, FastFifteen presentations, and intimate networking with the UK & European music business.

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.

Gidgestock Music Festival
13 – 14 October, Western Australia

Experience a natural amphitheatre bush setting, live bands, campfires, rustic camping and dancing under the stars.

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.

Newkulele Festival
19 – 21 October, Newcastle
A biennial feature on the Newcastle music calendar, The Newkulele Festival offers a fantastic weekend celebrating the sounds of the ukulele. This unique event is open to all the family and suitable for any age group, and has a special appeal for music lovers.

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.

Nocturnal Cities Forum
3 November, Nova Scotia
Nocturnal Cities Forum will explore the relationship between city planning, strategy, development and the night time economy.

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.

Global Cities After Dark
12 – 13 November, Sydney
Global Cities After Dark 2018 is themed around collaboration – as it is through collaboration locally, nationally and internationally that solutions are found and executed for a positive and vibrant future at night.

Electronic Music Conference
14 – 15 November, Sydney
Electronic Music Conference is the leading electronic music industry event in the Asia Pacific region. Music Australia members are entitled to 20% off tickets. 

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.

Conference on Performing Arts Healthcare
– 2 December, Sydney
The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) will be holding its annual conference, tackling health and wellbeing challenges for those working in the performing arts and their healthcare providers.

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.

Secret Garden Festival
22 – 23 February, Sydney
With a reputation for providing a non-stop forest celebration of music, dance, performance art and interactive theatre over 48 hours, next year’s festival will bolder and brasher than ever before.

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.

Budapest International Choir Competition
14 – 18 April, Budapest

A choir competition for jazz, modern, gospel and pop music.

Fairbridge Festival
26 – 28 April, 2019

Western Australia’s folk, roots, blues, acoustic, Celtic, acapella and world music festival.

Classical: Next
15 – 18 May 2019, Rotterdam
Classical:NEXT is the biggest and most essential annual meeting for classical music.

12th World Symposium on Choral Music
11 – 18 July 2020, New Zealand
The Symposium is the world’s premier choral event, it draws together the world’s leading choirs, conductors, composers and administrators for a superlative experience of concerts, seminars, masterclasses and workshops.

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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