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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.

FBi Turns 15
3 November, Sydney
Sydney community radio station FBi Radio celebrates 15 years on the airwaves through a music festival at Manning Bar.

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.

Little Bigsound
10 November, Brisbane

The youth conference returns in 2018 with a jam-packed program for under 25’s.

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. 

Four Winds Youth Music Festival
16 – 18 November, Barragga Bay
A mass gathering of musically-inspired young people from across our region and beyond.

Melbourne Music Week
16 – 24 November
Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is an annual, nine day music event presented by City of Melbourne.

Civic Sounds Laneway Festival
18 November, Melbourne
Civic Sounds Laneway Festival brings together a diverse lineup featuring Regurgitator, Nai Palm, RVG, The Bennies and more.

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.=

Asian International Vocal Festival
28 – 31 January, Hong Kong

A festival hosted by the International Vocal Music Federation, sponsored by the China Music Foundation and co-organized by various vocal organizations in the Asia-Pacific region.

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.

Canadian Music Week
Applications close 7 January

Each year Canadian Music Week attracts thousands of artists and industry from around the world to gather in Toronto, ON for an entire week of live music, learning, and making new connections.

The Great Escape
Applications close 11 February
The Great Escape is the festival for new music, showcasing 500 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across the city plus, new for 2018, a festival site on Brighton Beach.

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.

DAYTiME – A Day of Technology in Music Education
22 February, Adelaide
Presented by Music EDnet, DAYTiME is an annual one-day professional development conference focusing on the effective integration of technology in music education. It offers a unique opportunity to hear from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced exponents of the use of technology in music education, as well as some time to network with your peers and share ideas and resources.

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.

Canadian Music Week
6 – 12 May, Toronto

Each year Canadian Music Week attracts thousands of artists and industry from around the world to gather in Toronto, ON for an entire week of live music, learning, and making new connections.

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.

Aspire International Youth Music Festival
17 – 20 July, Gold Coast

A world renowned youth music festival, fostering a culture of musical excellence and international connectedness, raising the aspirations of all students who take part.

Reeperbahn Festival
18 – 21 September 2019, Hamburg
Australia has been announced as the focus country at Reeperbahn Festival 2019.


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