News Updates

Music Council of Australia Relaunches as Music Australia

Music Council of Australia has relaunched as Music Australia. Our website is now: information about our organisation and its services.

Over the coming months we are working to update information from this website and move it to our Music Australia new site.

Grants, Fundraising and Board Building with Our Community

21 February 2014

Our Community is a great organisation supporting the community sector with advice, information, advocacy, and training. If you're interested in giving your board a 'boost' or learning more about grants and funding, try these events:

The Board Builder Conference

Melbourne - Monday, 24 March
A practical, inspirational, and affordable event for community sector boards, committees & councils. More information:

Strategies for Sustainable Funding Seminar
Sydney 24 March
Melbourne 31 March
Perth 1 April
Brisbane 2 April
Click for details and to register

Introduction to Writing Winning Grant Applications
Sydney 24 March
Melbourne 31 March
Perth 1 April
Brisbane 2 April
Click for details and to register

NSW Local Government Arts and Culture Awards

This year's Local Government Arts and Culture Awards, presented by Local Government NSW, are open for nominations. The Music in Communities Network was involved in the awards last time they were held and the importance of these awards is to highlight outstanding work for others to see.

This year’s program features a two-day Local Government Arts and Culture Summit where award finalists will be invited to present their initiatives as case studies of good practice. The summit will be part of the Vivid Ideas festival in partnership with Destination NSW.

The 24 categories include Performing Arts, Cultural Facilities (New or Improved), Multicultural Arts, Accessibility, and many more.

Nominations are open until 11 March 2014. Click here for more details.

Gala Awards Ceremony: 27 May 2014 (Evening), NSW Parliament House

Summit: 26-27 May 2014, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Jam sessions at SSI Community Kitchen

Musicians from any musical tradition or cultural background are invited to join jam sessions with the Settlement Services International (SSI) asylum seeker clients at the organisation’s Community Kitchen every fortnight.

Youth Traditions Awards 2014

youthtraditions-1The Illawarra Folk Club has announced the winners in its annual Youth Traditions Awards for young musicians to perform, reinterpret and write songs and tunes with a traditional flavour. The awards are held at the Illawarra Folk Festival which has become the largest volunteer-run folk festival in Australia, with entries from across the country including Wollongong, Western Australia, Canberra and Melbourne

2014 Youth Traditions Awards Winners

1.    Best performance of a traditional Australian folk song

Winner:            The Raglins (Melbourne)
Runner up:       The Littlest Fox (WA)

2.    Best performance of a traditional folk song from another culture

Winner:            Michelle Mutyora (Wiley Park)
Runner up:       Lucy Sugerman (Canberra)

youthtraditions-23.    Best performance of a traditional folk tune (or set of tunes)

Winner:            Sam De Santi & Miles Rooney (Illawarra)
Runner up:        Rosie & Paddy Kelly (Austinmer)

4.    Best performance of an original song following a folk tradition

Winner:            Shalani Thomas (Bulli)
Runner up:       Tim Lukey (Melbourne)

5.    Best performance of an original tune (or set of tunes) following a folk style

Winner:           Miles & Marley Rooney (Gwynneville)

6.   Encouragement awards

Harry O'Brien (Kiama) & Brendon Lucas (Bradbury)

For more information, visit

The Youth Traditions Awards are supported by Haworth’s Music, Dr Judy Stubbs & Associates, the Multicultural Communities Council of the Illawarra and the Illawarra Folk Club.

Images by Katie Bell (from top):The Littlest Fox, Miles Rooney and Sam De Santi