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IAML Australia Conference 2016, Brisbane, QLD
29 – 30 September
This popular workshop is an essential professional development opportunity for non-specialist library staff dealing with music related requests at public, state and academic libraries.

Classical: NEXT 2017 – Call for Proposals
Deadline 30 September
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

2017 St Kilda Festival – Applications
Applications close 30 September
Would you like to participate at Australia’s largest free music festival? The 2017 Festival will be held on Sunday 12 February, where over 400,000 festival goers will enjoy a wide variety of Australian music and entertainment across the entire St Kilda precinct.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Submissions
Submissions due 30 September
Submissions are due for the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival; as a strictly curated festival, submissions are an expression of interest only.

ISCM World Music Days – Applications open
2 – 8 November 2017, Vancouver, Canada
Applications close 30 September 2016

As the Australian section of the ISCM, the Australian Music Centre is looking for scores, projects or installations to include in their official submission. A panel will select six works for consideration by the ISCM festival jury.

National Drumline Camp
30 September – 2 November, Melbourne
The National Drumline Camp is an annual event held just outside of Melbourne for drummers and percussionists of all ages and skill levels. The camp is designed to give everyone involved an opportunity to experience the exciting world of marching percussion in a fun, friendly environment with world class instructors.

Community Choir for Belco50
Throughout October

Celebrating Belconnen’s 50th Birthday, Belconnen Arts Centre is collaborating with Young Music Society, inviting all those who love to sing to join their Community Choir. Composer and conductor Stephen Leek is producing a new work especially for the occasion. Workshops will be led by Stephen Leek and Joel Copeland, with rehearsals throughout October and a performance at BelcoNOW  on 5 Nov.

Adelaide Fringe 2017 – Registrations
Registrations close 7 October
Register now for Australia’s largest and most loved open-access arts festival, 17 Feb – 19 Mar 2017.

LIVE UK Summit
12 October, London
More than 300 delegates from across the live music industry – such as grassroots music promoters, venues operators, festival organisers, agents, artiste managers, services providers, industry organisations and politicians – will gather at this year’s event to discuss issues ranging from branding and artiste development to the challenges facing festivals and venues, ticket abuse and the evolving digital environment.

LISTEN Conference 2016
14-16 October, Melbourne
LISTEN Conference 2016: Feminist Futures is a three day feminist music conference featuring keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and live performances.

7th World Summit on Arts and Culture – Malta
18 – 21 October, Malta
Summit will bring together government and cultural leaders from over 80 countries to explore Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century.

SXSW Artist Submissions for Showcases
Applications close 21 October
Australian musicians are encouraged to apply early for showcasing in March at the 31st SXSW Music Festival. SXSW takes place March 10-19, 2017.

WOMEX, Spain
19 – 23 October, Spain
WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. The annual five-day event comprises a bustling Trade Fair, Showcase Festival, Conference, and Film programme, as well as festive Opening and Award ceremonies.

Artlands – Regional Arts Australia (RAA) Conference, Dubbo, NSW
27 – 30 October
Artlands continues the tradition of past RAA conferences being Part Conference, Part Festival, All Arts with four jam-packed days of activity, conversation, discussion, debate and inspiration from across Australia and overseas.

Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2016
27 October – 6 November, Sydney NSW
Presented by Performance Space, artists from across Australia and the Asia Pacific will deliver the most ambitious Liveworks Festival yet. Over two jam-packed weeks, immerse yourself in experimental choreography, kinetic installations, sonic sculptures, captivating Indigenous stories and sexy encounters. Get hands-on with the artists, educators and collaborators of the festival in this specially-curated series of practice-focused sessions.

Bluesfest 2017 – Artist Applications
Expressions of interest close October 31
Expressions of Interest for Bluesfest 2017 are now open, with successful applicants contacted in January 2017.

Western Australian Music Conference
4 – 5 November, Perth
With music industry professionals from around Australia and beyond providing industry insights, game-changing knowledge, inspiring directions and a boat load of priceless networking opportunities, the conference is essential for anyone who wants to take their music careers to the next level.

CBAA Conference
10 – 13 November, Melbourne
The annual CBAA Conference is the premier event in the community broadcasting calendar, bringing together a diverse range of broadcasters, volunteers, technicians and stakeholders to develop and strengthen their skills, knowledge base and sector network.

Face the Music 
17 – 18 November, Melbourne
Face The Music provides all people involved in the Melbourne music community with a platform for professional and creative career development. The two day event features presentations, discussions, networking, music-making workshops, and the hottest tips and tools to give your music career the edge. Early Bird Tickets are now on sale.

Music Australia members receive 10% off 2 day passes. Just email with your member number to receive a discount code. 

Melbourne Music Week EOI’s Open
13 – 20 November
Melbourne Music Week(MMW) is inviting applications from individuals, groups and businesses, MMW’s program is a direct result of the depth and diversity of Melbourne’s creative music industry. Applications close 10 June.

Mountaingrass Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival
18 – 20 November, Harrietville, VIC
Mountaingrass continues the tradition of bringing U.S. Bluegrass and Old-Time acts to play concerts and run workshops for fans and players of all levels. Mountaingrass also showcases a selection of acts from Australia and New Zealand, offering two and a half days of non-stop picking and jamming and lots of opportunities to improve your chops!

Electronic Music Conference, Sydney
28 November – 2 December, Sydney
Asia Pacific’s largest industry event for electronic music. In 2016, EMC is excited to announce the addition of the annual inthemix Awards and the music industry’s annual charity 5-a-side football tournament, Musica Copa.

Music Australia members receive a 20% discount on on all EMCPRO Both Days tickets – email for a discount code.

Jazz Connect Conference
5-6 January 2017, New York, USA
With a theme of “The Family of Jazz,” the conference will again bring together a wide cross-section of the jazz community for over a dozen workshops and 5 plenary sessions, on a variety of timely and engaging subjects.

Illawarra Folk Festival
12 – 15 January 2017
The Illawarra Folk Festival has grown to be one of the largest festivals in Australia. The festival presents approximately 170 performers over four days. Performers, volunteers and audiences alike continue to return to the festival to experience and participate in the diversity of music and performances, and enjoy the intimate, vibrant, community atmosphere the festival has become renowned for.

NAMM Show – Believe in Music
19-22 January 2017, California, USA
The NAMM Show attracts the world’s most powerful buyers. In 2016, the estimated purchasing power of registered global buying companies totalled in excess of $10.7 billion—with 87 percent of The Music Trades national Top 200 Music Stores list present. With the added benefits of valuable educational sessions and networking opportunities, the show is attended by high-quality buyers in search of the latest products, innovations and technology.

Folk Alliance International
15 – 19 February 2017, Missouri, USA
The theme for the 2017 conference, Forbidden Folk, is designed to celebrate activism in art by exploring the past and present role of folk music in civil, labor, pacifist, and environmental movements. The mission of Folk Alliance International is to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community – traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional – through education, advocacy and performance.

Music Tourism Convention
16 – 17 February 2017, Liverpool, UK
VisitBritain, Liverpool Vision & Sound Diplomacy present the world’s first conference bringing together the music and tourism sectors to explore how music impacts, benefits and improves tourism offers, from festivals to heritage, music trails to food and music partnerships.

Adelaide Fringe 2017
17 February – 19 March 2017
Is Australia’s largest and most loved open-access arts festival.

SXSW Conference and Festival
10-19 March 2017, 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.

Cork International Choral Festival
26 – 30 April 2017, 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.

Classical:NEXT 2017
17 – 20 May 2017, 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 2017, 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.

6-9 June 2017, 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.

Maryborough Music Conference
5 – 9 July 2017, 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 2017, 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. Participants will experience the competition

ISCM World Music Days
2 – 8 Nov 2017, 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.

Blacken 2017 – Artist Applications
Blacken Open Air (previously Blacken the Globe) is rebranded and revamped and ready to unleash in the red centre of Australia. They are taking artist applications for the 2017 festival.



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