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State of the Arts, Culture Club 2016
2 Aug, Sydney
Are the arts in crisis? What does the future hold for creative companies, both large and small? Join a discussion on the changing face of arts funding, the impact of the recent cuts, and the response from artists and arts companies across Australia. The panel will include Michael Lynch CBE AM, Nick Atkins, Lily Shearer and Tamara Winikoff OAM.

Melbourne Guitar Show
6–7 Aug, Caulfield Racecourse
Staged by the Australian Music Association and presented by Triple M and Australian Musician. The Melbourne Guitar Show provides a hands-on opportunity to see, hear and play a broad range of the world’s favourite brands.

Concertofest 2016 – Surrey Hills Orchestra
7 Aug, Kew, VIC
Surrey Hills Orchestra is a long established, community orchestra. Their upcoming Concertofest 2016 will feature Handel concerto grossi, Crusell Clarinet concerto, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1.

Give, Get, or Get Off! Are We Underutilising Our Arts Boards?

8 August, Sydney

This month’s SAMAG seminar promises to be a lively discussion. This month’s seminar will be hosted by senior ABC journalist Anne Maria Nicholson, together with a highly experienced panel of arts board members, CEOs and not-for-profit experts.

The Funding Network Melbourne Event
9 Aug, Melbourne

The Funding Network Melbourne is hosting their next event in collaboration with Creative Partnerships Australia, KRA wealth management and the City of Melbourne. It will showcase grassroots charities using the arts or creativity to drive social change. Creative Partnerships Australia will generously match-fund donations up to $10,000 per program.

Bringing in the music Seminar
10 August, Sydney
City of Sydney is hosting a free seminar offering expert advice on transforming your venue or business into a live music hotspot. Gain insight into this lucrative industry sector from Richard Adamson of Young Henrys and Richie Haines from the Riversdale Group and the famous Marlborough Hotel. They’ll talk about their unique partnership and the story behind the Young Henrys Live Project.

Adelaide Festival Centre’s Guitar Festival
11-14 Aug
This unique music event is a four day celebration of the world’s most popular instrument curated by internationally renowned Australian guitarist Slava Grigoryan.

Conversations in Fundraising, Creative Partnerships Australia
15 Aug – 4 Oct, National
Creative Partnerships Australia has gathered some of the best and brightest arts professionals for Conversations in Fundraising. It is an opportunity to learn from your peers as CEO Fiona Menzies leads informal discussions with arts organisations who have successfully grown their philanthropy or fundraising programs.

Regional Leadership Summit
16-17 August, Bendigo, VIC
The Regional Leadership Summit will bring together the best minds in community and stakeholder engagement from across the country, and will involve an exciting program of information exchange, networking and celebration.

Newcastle Music Festival
11 – 21 Aug, Newcastle, NSW

The festival aims to foster the development of young musicians; students have the chance to learn from and perform alongside local and guest professionals including mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble, the award-winning Acacia String Quartet (Sydney) and violinist Tor Fromyhr (Canberra).

Melbourne Musical Rebetiko Festival
20 – 21 Aug
Bringing together the Melbourne Musical Rebetiko community, this live festival is situated in the heart of Oakleigh and will celebrate the musical and cultural legacy of Rebetika and its impact on Greece and the world at large. Focusing on the golden era of this music, this festival will present live performances from various local artists on musical works between 1920-1950.

Gympie Music Muster
25-28 Aug – QLD
The Gympie Music Muster is an Australian country music festival held in Gympie, Queensland. The Muster started as a community fundraiser in 1982 and has now grown to a four-day festival attracting musicians from across Australia and internationally.

Going Global Music Summit
2 Sept – 4 Sept, Auckland, New Zealand
Going Global Music Summit provides musicians, producers, composers, labels, promoters, industry professionals and fans a chance to perform, discuss, learn, teach, and interact in front of an audience of like-minded peers in an environment that encourages the global exchange of ideas, techniques and trends.

Creative Cities – Nurturing Creative Communities
5 September, Sunshine Coast, QLD
This one day REMIX Academy event will bring together leading urbanists and creatives to explore the ingredients you need to nurture creative cities and communities.

7-9 Sep
Australia’s foremost music industry conference, BIGSOUND, is returning to take over Brisbane and this year is marking its 15th anniversary.  A limited number of specially discounted early bird tickets are now available.

SXSW Artists Showcase
Early Bird Applications close 9 Sept
Applications to take part in the 2017 South By Southwest (SXSW) are now open.

All that Matters Conference and Festival
11 – 15 Sept, Singapore
All That Matters (including the ‘Music Matters Live’ festival) is taking place in Singapore in September. This conference is the great opportunity to hear from a Global line-up of key note speakers and connect with the leading players in the Music, Sports and Digital entertainment industries.

Future Music Forum
21- 23 September, Barcelona, Spain
Future Music Forum is an annual international music conference based in Barcelona that gathers the leading minds in the world of music to exchange views on how music is being shared in today’s digital age and discuss new developments taking place in music technology.

Folk by the Sea Festival
23 – 25 Sept, Kiama NSW
FOLK by the SEA is an intimate folk festival style event featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music over 3 days in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama.

National Drumline Camp
30 Sept – 2 Nov, 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.

Arts Activated 2016 ‘Pathways to Practice’, Sydney
20-21 Sep
Arts Activated 2016 ‘Pathways to Practice’, will explore the varied paths that artists with disability take in developing their practice during their career and how organisations are fostering pathways for artists and audiences with disability.

Evolution or revolution: Is philanthropy future ready? Sydney
21–22 Sep
Impact, collaboration, risk and disruption – these are just some of the words we hear almost every day when we talk about philanthropy. But what do they mean for philanthropy in the present and future? That’s the focus of Philanthropy Australia’s 2016 National Conference.

Creative3 Forum, Brisbane
22 Sep
Bringing together the creative industry’s brightest minds and empowering the next wave of entrepreneurs, the Creative³ Forum celebrates the game changers, the business leaders and the disruptive thinkers in the creative industries.

Vivid Ideas 2017 – Expression of Interest Now Open
Friday 23 September
Vivid Ideas is inviting innovative, thought-provoking and creative individuals and groups, to share their ideas and be part of the conversations shaping the creative landscape during Vivid Sydney, with Expression of Interest for the 2017 festival now open.

Americana Music Festival & Conference
20-25 September, Nashville, USA
The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, intimate showcases each night.

Australian Orchestra and Band Conference (ANBOC 2016)
23 -26 Sep
Registrations are now open. ANBOC 2016 offers an array of opportunities to work with outstanding conductors and music educators in a collaborative and friendly environment at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The conference program encompasses a wide variety of topics to engage directors of bands and orchestras, educators, classroom teachers and students through presentations, masterclasses, workshops and concerts.

Sydney Conservatorium Organ Music Academy (SCOMA ’16)
28 Sep-2 Oct
Applications are invited from young organists (16-30yrs) to participate in a 5 day organ academy studying with Dutch master Sietze de Vries focussing on liturgical improvisation and Australian organist Sarah Kim exploring repertoire interpretation from the Baroque era onwards with a specific focus on her expertise of French organ music from the 19th & 20th centuries.

IAML Australia Conference 2016, Brisbane, QLD
29-30 Sep
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.

Hi-tech Stories, Culture Club 2016
4 Oct 2016, Sydney
Virtual reality, sensors, lasers, online content, digital-real-time-audience-interaction and even text messages have spiced up special effects and storylines for decades – artists and audiences continue to fervently embrace new technologies as fast as we can fund them. Join Lee Lewis  (Griffin Theatre) TL Uglow (Google Creative Lab) and Gideon Obarzanek (ex Chunky Move) to explore the latest developments in creative tech, its effects and outcomes.

Australia Council Future Leaders Program
EOIs close 4 October
EOIs are now open for the Future Leaders Program, designed for emerging arts leaders working in all artforms.

LIVE UK Summit
12 Oct, 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.

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

WOMEX, Spain
19-23 Oct
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 Oct
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.

Nijinsky and Stravinsky: Creative Collaborators, Culture Club 2016
1 Nov, Sydney
Join Nicolette Fraillon, Musical Director and Chief Conductor and David McAllister AM, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet to explore the lasting impact of this historic collaboration.

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.

Face the Music 
17 & 18 Nov, 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.

Electronic Music Conference, Sydney
28 Nov – 2 Dec, 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 will receive a discount on tickets – stay tuned.

Melbourne Music Week EOI’s Open
13 – 20 Nov
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.

What Are Festivals For? Culture Club 2016
6 Dec, Sydney
Festivals can transform a city, generate economic growth and social growth, champion difficult art forms and spawn the taste-makers of a generation. Festivals bring a city to life – halting traffic to engineer a thousand transcendent moments for enraptured audiences. Join Rachel Healy (Adelaide Festival) and Wesley Enoch (Sydney Festival) as they ask why we put on festivals, what they offer artists and communities, and dive into Australian and international trends.

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,

Cork International Choral Festival
26 – 30 April 2017
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.

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.

Melbourne Music Week
13 – 20 Nov
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.


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