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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.

Arts and Refugees Forum
19-20 Aug, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Held over two days in August, the ARTS AND REFUGEES FORUM aims to connect people working in the intersection between arts and refugees, and provide a platform for greater networking and development opportunities. Open to artists, performers, art therapists, educators, researchers, art workers and creative producers, the Arts and Refugees Forum also welcomes humanitarian and community development workers to share their experiences and discuss various aspects of artistic practice by, with and about refugees.

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.

The Business of Song Writing
24 August, Melbourne
Listen to a panel discussion looking at the different aspects of song writing and different ways you can incorporate song writing into your musical career.  Hear industry professionals discuss how the creative art of song writing fits into the bigger scheme of the music business.

OCA presents Montaigne in Conversation
24 Aug, Sydney
Oxford Creative Academy (OCA) is presenting a panel session on how to be noticed by the industry at large, and to build a team that will take their music to the next level. But how do you do that? Montaigne will discuss how she got her break, her recent high ­rotation Triple J success, the upcoming release of her debut album, and her triumphant performance at Splendour In The Grass this year.  In addition, our panel features music industry professionals who record, represent, book and promote influential young artists on a daily basis, along with a representative from APRA AMCOS.

Music Club
25 Aug
Dr Tom Benjamin has taken out an Innovation Patent on a new system for learning music. Teachers and community groups are invited to a free international webinar. The Club will be online every Thursday at 10:30AM on a 4-week cycle from total beginner through to full multitrack music video.

Music Everyday: Inspiring Creators and Participators
25 Aug, Adelaide
Join Richard Gill AM, one of Australia’s foremost music educators, for an interactive workshop to discover ways to place music at the forefront of everyday learning in the primary school.

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.

Paying the Bills with Music
31 August, Melbourne
A panel of music industry professionals will share their stories of success and failure in their journey of turning their passion into a career. Hear different ways of making money in the changing music industry and the importance of skills diversification.

Going Global Music Summit
2 – 4 Sep, 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 Sep, 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.

BIGSOUND, QLD  
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 Sep
Applications to take part in the 2017 South By Southwest (SXSW) are now open.

All that Matters Conference and Festival
11 – 15 Sep, 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 Sep, 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 Sep, 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 Sep – 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
23 Sep
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.

Community Choir for Belco50
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.

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, 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 Oct
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.

Unlocking Musical Potential
28 Oct, Sydney
This Bostes certified full-day Music Ed PD course is suitable for classroom music teachers primary and secondary, as well as instrumental and vocal tutors. The greatest predictor of musical progress is the quality and the quantity of practice time. This course explores the most effective practice strategies and how to teach them to students. Course content is informed by studies and perspectives from neuroscience, psychology and physiology.

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 Nov, 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 Nov, 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 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.

Maryborough Music Conference
5 – 9 July 2017
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.

Illawarra Folk Festival 

12 – 15 Jan 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.

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