News Updates

National Cultural Policy Announced

13 March 2013

Almost two decades since the last policy of its kind was announced, and after several years of consideration, the "Creative Australia" policy, aka National Cultural Policy, aka #NCPaus on Twitter, is released today. 

2013 Yamaha National Band Championships

For the first time since 1979, bands from across the country will cross the Nullabor to participate in the National Band Championships in Western Australia. This major national event moves cities each year and the Western Australian Band Association (WABA) is hosting it this year.

The Nationals will be based at the University of WA, Crawley Campus, just 5 minutes from the Perth CBD. The Parade of Bands event will be held on Saturday morning (30 March) in Russell Square, in the heart of the Northbridge Piazza area surrounded by alfresco coffee shops & bars.

Dates: 29 March to 1st April 2013

Venue: UWA Crawley Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Tickets: Season Pass $25 | Band Events: $10 | Solo Events: Gold Coin Donation | Official Contest Program $10

For more info see

Best Practice Arts and Health Partnerships to be recognised in 2013

The Arts and Health Foundation and Creative Partnerships Australia (formerly AbAF) will again partner in 2013 to recognise and honour best practice arts and health partnerships across Australia through the awarding of the Arts and Health Award as part of the Creative Partnerships Australia Awards (formerly AbaF Awards).

A Message from the International Music Council

Inter music council2Join us for the 5th IMC World Forum on Music "Sustaining music, engaging communities" in Brisbane, Australia, 21 – 24 November 2013

(followed by the 35th IMC General Assembly, November 25-26 2013)

This is our vision for what will happen in November 2013…

Over 1,000 music professionals and other enthusiasts from all over the world descend upon the heart of the cultural precinct on Brisbane’s South Bank to discuss, plan, be part of, and experience the future of music on this planet: musicians, producers, managers, administrators, festival directors, journalists, scholars, educators, facilitators, activists, policy makers and other lovers of the art in its myriad forms and contexts.

ASME 2013 National Conference

asmeSome news from our friends at the Australian Society for Music Education:

The XIX ASME National Conference is on in Canberra from September 29-October 1, 2013. The NSW Chapter is co hosting this important musical event with the ACT Chapter.

There is a chance to see performances, hear great Keynotes and Plenary sessions, participate in the concerts and workshops, share your love of music education with others and also enjoy the beauty of Floriade in Canberra at this time of the year.