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Australian Music Sites & Services 



Portals and gateways  

Australian Culture and Recreation Portal 

Australian government subject portal.

Music Australia
A web-based music service developed by the National Library of Australia to provide integrated access to Australia's music resources and information. 

Government organisations


Australian Broadcasting Corporation Classic FM

An online gateway initiated by the Australian Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts. Provides access to information on cultural grants, training opportunities and industry development programs offered by Australian governments, corporations, foundations and non-government bodies. Also provides practical advice on issues such as establishing cultural businesses, statistics, training courses, on-line tutorials, cultural industry publications and a directory of cultural businesses. 

Australian Bureau of Statistics
Source of industry statistics and demographics

Australia Council
Australian arts policy, research and funding body. Site includes an annual list of arts research in progress by organisations in Australia.

Australian Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts,
Australian Government cultural policy and development department. Has initiated online and multimedia projects including the Australian Cultural Network and Digital Forum Online. Also hosts the Cultural Ministers Council and its various working groups on archives, heritage collections, major organisations, new technologies, orchestras and statistics

New South Wales Ministry for the Arts 
Includes information on arts news, opportunities and events

Libraries, archives & museums  


Australian National University Institute of the Arts Library & Resource Centre

International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres

Library and Information Service of WA Music and Performing Arts Library

Grainger Museum  

Monash University Library
Holdings include the John Tallis Collection in the Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton Campus. 

National Library of Australia  
Holdings include the Ferguson collection of published 19th century
Australian music, Australian Musical Association of Australian
compositions promoted and performed in London from the 1950s-1970s, J.C. Williamson Collection of operatic and music theatre performance materials, Symphony Australia Collection of Australian unpublished orchestral scores and parts, and Lewis Collection of popular dance music of the 1940s-1960s.The Manuscript section holds personal papers and music manuscripts of composers, such as Peter Sculthorpe, John Antill, Don Banks, Frederick Septimus Kelly, Margaret Sutherland, Larry Sitsky, Keith Humble, Elena Kats-Chernin and Andrew Ford, musical performers, scholars, critics and entrepreneurs, such as Nellie Melba, Kenneth Hince, Joan Hammond, Ernest Llewellyn, James Murdoch, Rex Hobcroft, Patrick Thomas), and documents relating to the history of musical organisations, such as the Elizabethan Theatre Trust, Australian Youth Orchestra, Australian Society for Music Education, Australian Musical Association, NSW Conservatorium of Music, Wattle Recordings,
Musicological Society of Australia, National Music Camp Association, and Symphony Australia Collection.

National Networked Facility for Research in Australian Music
A network of music libraries and other organisations including the Australian National University, Monash University, Australian Music Centre, La Trobe University, National Library of Australia and ScreenSound Australia. Website provides annotated guide to music collections, archives, libraries and museums, people, publications and resources such as ephemera, film and moving images, manuscripts, newspapers, oral history, pictures, printed material, sound recordings and unpublished material

Powerhouse MuseumHoldings include the collection of the Mastertouch Piano Roll Company

State Library of New South Wales  
Holdings include manuscript and printed resources relating to the history of music in Australia, including collections of Australian composers and musical identities such as Edgar Bainton.  

State Library of Queensland
Website includes subject links to Australian and international internet resources.

State Library of Victoria

Symphony Australia National Music Library

University of New England Library
Holds the Gordon Athol Anderson Music Collection on medieval music

University of Queensland Architecture/Music Library

University of Western Australia Music Library

Opera companies


Opera Australia 

Opera Queensland

State Opera of South Australia

West Australian Opera Company

Orchestras and orchestral networks

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra 

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Australian Ensemble

Global Freeway Australian Youth Orchestra

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Queensland Youth Orchestras

Symphony Australia
Provides services to orchestras including music hire, copying and editing

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

The Orchestras of Australia Network
TOAN provides services to support artistic and organisational development of orchestras and appreciation of orchestral music in the community. Site includes Discussion forum. Resources include catalogue of member orchestral scores and parts

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Other organisations

Alfred Publishing Australia
Music publisher

Australian Directory of Music and Speech Teachers 

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Australian Jazz
Australian Jazz Festival portal with events calendar, biographies and booking facilities.

Australian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society [AMCOS]
Represents the interests of music publishers and their writers music over copying on to CD, tape or recordings.  

Australian Music Centre
National service organisation connecting performers, composers and students with Australian music. 

Australian National Choral Association

Australasian Performing Right Association

Australian Record Industry Association

Australian Singing Competition
Competition for young classical singers who are resident or citizens of Australia.

Boosey & Hawkes Pty Litd
Music publisher

CD Collector
Online store of the CD Collector, specialising in Australian musical and cabaret performance.

Hal Leonard Publishing Corp
Music publisher

International Barossa Music Festival

Kookaburra Music

Music publisher specialising in music by Australian composers and arrangers

Macquarie Trio

Morton Music
Music publisher

Music Council of Australia
National peak body which aims to advance Australian musical life. Resources include directories of Australian music organisations, music periodicals and publications.

Music Industry ShowcaseA public event promoting musical products and services

Music for refugees
Website by Philip Feinstein who is campaigning to collect music instruments for refugees in detention and providing the means for them to enjoy music.

Musica Viva Australia

Musicology Society of Australia

New Music Network
Dedicated to the promotion and performance of new music and sound artistry.

Opera Opera
Publisher of Opera Opera monthly newspaper. Site also offers opera plots and merchandise, including libretti, books and videorecordings.

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia  

Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia  

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Youth Music Australia



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