Making Music Work: Australian musicians balance multiple roles to make their careers work

Associate Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Ben Green, Christina Ballico, Dawn Bennett and Ruth Bridgstock
A big research project discovers how Australian musicians build careers, earn a living.

Australian Honours List, Australia Day 2020

Richard Letts
In recognition of a special contribution to the national well-being, Australian Honours are awarded to Australian citizens selected by the office of the Governor General. Following are the awards made on Australia Day 2020 for contributions to music, with a few also of those awarded more broadly in the arts.

The Five Music Rights

Richard Letts
Our rights are most on our minds when we are denied them.

The live performance industry in Australia. Ticket Attendance and Revenue Report 2018

Live Performance Australia and Richard Letts
Valuable data on major sectors of the music industry. Contemporary music is the largest sector in all of the arts.

The Australian Jazz Real Book in 2020: Is there such a thing as Australian Jazz?

Tim Nikolsky
At the end of this twisting story, the Australian Jazz Real Book has been created. So what, you ask, is a Real Book as compared with a real book? Read, and you will follow...

Online music education information and resources at

Robin Stevens
Online Music Education Information and Resources at gives access to websites with collections of research and historical reports from Australia, some international.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Andonovska, Lina: Coping with Covid

Lina Andonovska
Reflections on the current state, together yet apart.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Coleman-Wright, Peter: Opera star’s new role – nurturing his artform

Peter Coleman-Wright AO
Peter Coleman-Wright is a great Australian opera singer whose career has been lived in major opera houses around the world. Now he is home, directing two small companies set up to support the development of young Australian singers.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Rose, Jon: A Life of Experimentation

Jon Rose
The perception among many musicians is that Jon Rose is unique in Australia, possibly the world.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Northey, Ben: Stillness and Transformation – a conductor’s perspective

Benjamin Northey
Conductor Benjamin Northey writes on the shock of silence during the COVID-19 crisis and how we might re-examine our relationship with audiences.

The current circumstances of Jazz in Australia

Richard Letts
The audience is tiny, the government support is minimal, the music is GREAT!

Freedman Classical and Jazz Fellows Report

Richard Letts
These fellowships, run by the Music Trust, have become among Australia’s most prestigious. The winners spend their prize money on special projects and afterward report what happened. You can read the reports.