September 20th, 2009

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Film Sound Journals

Music and the Moving Image

Music and the Moving Image is an online journal dedicated to the relationship between the entire universe of music and moving images (film, television, music videos, computer games, performance art, and web-based media). Music and the Moving Image is published in collaboration with the Film Music Society and is sponsored by the NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.

The Soundtrack

This journal focuses its attention on the aural elements which combine with moving images. It regards the sounds which accompany the visuals not as a combination of disparate disciplines, but as a unified and coherent entity. It assumes that irrespective of the industrial determinants, the soundtrack is perceived as a continuum by the audience.,id=146

Industry Organisations


APRA and AMCOS are separate not-for profit organisations with members in Australia and New Zealand.

The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) – APRA collects and distributes licence fees for the public performance and communication (including broadcast) of its members’ musical works.

The Australian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) – AMCOS collects and distributes ‘mechanical’ royalties for the reproduction of its members’ musical works for many difference purposes.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

The ACMI website outlines the collections, exhibitions and events being held at the centre. “Visitors to ACMI can explore all about the moving image, engage with the industry and get hands-on by making their own moving image stories. In presenting these programs, ACMI celebrates the convergence of art and technology and broadly fosters innovation in Australia’s dynamic screen industries.”

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

The ACMA is a statutory authority within the federal government portfolio of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. The ACMA is responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, internet, radio communications and telecommunications.

Australian Copyright Council

The Australian Copyright Council is a non-profit organisation whose objectives are to assist creditors and copyright owners to effectively exercise their rights, raise awareness about copyright’s importance, research and identify inadequate or unfair laws and seek their changes, and to foster cooperation amongst creators and owners of copyright.

The Australia Council (for the Arts)

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.

The Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC)

The AGSC is a company set up to represent the interests of Australian screen composers by developing and promoting employment opportunities, undertaking educational initiatives and increasing the profile of its members within the industry.

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI)

“The ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) was established in July 2005. It is the first Centre of Excellence funded outside the science, engineering and technology sectors. The Centre has an ambitious research agenda organised around three themes: Creative Innovation, Innovation Policy, and Creative Human Capital”.

Australian Research Council: Linkage & Discovery Projects

The Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme “supports collaborative research and development projects between higher education organisations and other organisations, including within industry, to enable the application of advanced knowledge to problems. Typically, research projects funded under the scheme involve risk”.

The Australian Screen Sound Guild (ASSG)

The ASSG represents the profession of screen sound in film, television, multimedia and other related audio industries within Australia.

Australian Writers Guild (AWG)

The AWG is the professional association for all performance writers for film, television, radio, theatre, video and new media.

The Music

The Music is a Australian music site website run by IMMEDIA!, an industry-centric organisation that publishes the AustralAsian Music Directory, produces music industry conferences and runs the Australian Online Media Music Awards (ONYA! Awards). This site provides updates on breaking news relating to the Australian music industry, including music related to film.

Music Arrangers’ Guild of Australia (MAGA) Incorporated

MAGA is a professional association serving the interests of music arrangers, electronic arrangers, orchestrators and copyists. Their website offers resources for arrangers/copyists and those wishing to engage the services of an arranger/copyist.


MusicAustralia is a service developed by the National Library of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive (a division of the Australian Film Commission) and cultural organisations around the nation. It helps to locate, access and navigate a rich store of music and information about Australian music, musicians, organisations and services, both historical and contemporary, from a single access point. This national service brings together artistic work and research about Australian music and music making. It comprehensively represents the collections of Australian libraries, archives and cultural organisations, as well as the outcomes of music projects.

Music Council of Australia (MCA)

The purpose of the MCA is to bring together all sections of the music community in order to advance a diverse and vibrant musical life throughout Australia. The MCA independently and in partnership, gathers and provides information, conducts research, undertakes advocacy, ensures representation in relevant forums and initiates and realises projects that advance musical life.

The National Film and Sound Archive

The National Film and Sound Archive is an independent statutory authority that is Australia’s audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing Australian film and sound based media.

National Networked Facility for Research in Australian Music (NFRAM)

NFRAM aims to make materials and resources related to Australian music more accessible – this site is a resource which aims to assist in Australian music research.

Screen Australia

Formed in 2008, Screen Australia is an Australian Government agency which brings together the functions of the Film Finance Corporation (FFC) and Film Australia Limited, as well as most of the functions of the Australian Film Commission (AFC). Screen Australia is a centralised funding body with their primary goal being to develop, produce, promote, distribute and provide access to diverse Australian programs, and support the development of the Australian screen production industry, so that Australian screen content is accessible nationally and internationally.

Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA)

SPAA is the industry body that represents Australian independent film and television producers on all issues affecting the business and creative aspects of screen production.


Australian Cinema Soundtrack Research

Over the last decade researchers have begun to document and analyse the development of Australian Cinema soundtracks. This research enterprise was enhanced by the award of an Australia Council Discovery Project Grant (DPO770026 ‘Music Production and Technology in Australian Film’) to Dr Rebecca Coyle (Southern Cross University), Professor Michael Hannan (Southern Cross University) and Professor Philip Hayward (Southern Cross University) for the period 2006-2010.This website includes a Bibliography, research products, news of research-in-progress and links.

Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sydney (AFTRS)

AFTRS is Australia’s national screen arts and broadcast school with a focus on nurturing and launching the careers of the next generation of story tellers and audio visual practitioners.

Australian National University : Canberra School of Music

The Canberra School of Music is part of the Australian National University (ANU) and offers courses for music scholars, composers researchers and teachers.

Australian Research Council (ARC): Linkage & Discovery Projects

The Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme “supports collaborative research and development projects between higher education organisations and other organisations, including within industry, to enable the application of advanced knowledge to problems. Typically, research projects funded under the scheme involve risk”.

The ‘Bibliography of Australian Music Education Research’ Project (BAMER)

Funded by the Faculty of Education at Deakin University, BAMER is a collaboration with ASME (Australian Society for Music Education), that aims to document music education research in a way that is of practical assistance to researchers. This bibliography can never be complete, as there are not only research studies being undertaken which have not yet been identified but, by the time of publication, some of the ‘in progress’ studies will have been completed.

Brian May Scholarship

The Brian May Scholarship provides financial assistance to promising Australian film composers to study film scoring at a world leading educational facility. This website provides information on the Scholarship as well as on Australian composer Brian May.

The School of Sound, London

UK based organization which brings together academics and practitioners through a range of publications, workshops and symposiums.

Department of Media, Music and Cultural Studies – Contemporary Music Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney

The DCMS is dedicated to the study of various forms of 20th and 21st Century music. It offers a major within the university’s generic Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, a BA Honours program and research degrees at Masters and PhD level.

Griffith University: Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC)

Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC) initiates, realises and supports music research that addresses key issues in contemporary musical realities. QCRC was established in 2003 as one of Griffith University’s 30 innovative research centres.

Queensland University of Technology: Creative Industries Research

“QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty is at the forefront of pioneering international research initiatives in creative industries policy, applied creative industries research, digital media design, and the creative and performing arts. The Faculty partners with industry, government and the community through funded grants, research consultancy, and joint ventures to interrogate real-world problems and provide solutions.

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, Lismore

The School of Arts and Social Sciences includes Contemporary music, Media and Visual Arts. The school encourages students to develop skills in networking, collaboration and project management.

The Encyclopedia of Film Music and Sound

This website provides an outline of the upcoming Equinox publication on film music and sound, including information for contributors and editors. When completed, the encyclopedia will be an indispensable resource for researchers, students, academics, practioners and all those drawn to the sonic element within film.

University of Melbourne: Faculty of Music

The Research aspect of the Faculty of Music within the University of Melbourne is Australia’s premier music research institution, and enjoys a high international research profile in all four of its main research areas: Performance, Composition, Musicology/Ethnomusicology and Music Therapy.

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

The Music Science research department of the University of New South Wales conducts research in music science involving physicists, engineers and musicians working in collaboration. This department offers a number of projects and scholarships available to students within the University.

University of Sydney: Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM)

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music conducts research in areas of western musicology, ethnomusicology, music education and experimental research in music performance and production.

University of Western Australia (UWA)

The music school at the University of Western Australia is actively involved in research and creative work in the areas of Musicology, Music Education, Composition, and Performance.

The University of Western Sydney (UWS)

UWS’s School of Communication Arts brings together communication, design, new media, music, media production, journalism, public relations and advertising. It offers a range of creative and communication arts programs including music.

Useful Reference Websites

Australian Soundtracks

A discography of soundtracks and associated recordings relating to Australian Film and Television compiled and maintained by Dennis Nicholson.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

This federal government website allows free access to a wide range of statistics on economic and social matters, including the arts.

Internet Movie Database (IMDb)

A comprehensive and easily searchable movie database website which includes releases from all over the world and listings of the crew for each release. Box office results for the United States are also available on the site as well as movie and television news.

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