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Music, Creative and Performing Arts Databases
Searching in databases is a great way to ensure you're getting the best possible search results. Try these music and creative and performing arts databases to find resources that are most relevant to your discipline.
Humanities Source Ultimate (EBSCO)
Covers literary, scholarly and creative thought. Incldes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, book reviews, original works of fiction, reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas and plays that illuminate human thinking, action and interaction. English-language and native-language full-text journals from Asia,Oceania, Europe and Latin America are included.
Literature Online (LION)
English and American poetry, drama and prose, articles, other criticism and reference resources. Some full-text.
Full-text scholarly journals and books covering performing arts.
Information on the publication of Australian literature and related critical texts. Authoritative biographical, bibliographic, critical and production information about Australian writers and writing. Research collection includes Australian Popular Theatre and Australian Drama.
International index to music periodicals full text (Proquest)
Detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to current, covering the scholarly to the popular. Collection covers the subject areas of Classical music and opera, jazz and blues, Rock, soul and hip-hop, folk music, music business and education, sound recording, ethnomusicology, music therapy and instruments.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text (EBSCO)
Access full text articles, reviews, obituaries, editorials, correspondence, advertisements, and news items from musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, instruments, pedagogy, performance, and all other disciplines related to music.
Archival access to scholarly journals published on music, creative and performing arts.
Find public domain sheet music.
Can I copy print sheet music?
- For study purpose, you can copy 10% of a work
- This limit applies to individual works in an album or a collection of musical works where 10% of an individual work can be copied.
Australian Music Centre - Indigenous Music
The Australian Music Centre (AMC) is the national service organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of art music in Australia.
National Indigenous Music Awards
The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards and they have been celebrating Australian music for 14 years.
ABC news - Indigenous Music
The ABC news website for Indigenous music.
NITV - SBS
National Indigenous Television (NITV) is a channel made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
AIATSIS is a research, collections and publishing organisation with a priceless collection of print, photographs, video and audio. It promotes knowledge and research on all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, languages and stories. You can explore their online collections, research guides, publications, and many digitised collections including The Koori Mail, Dawn and New Dawn, notebooks and diaries.
Contemporary world music
Streaming audio access to genres such as reggae, worldbeat, traditional and neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz. Liner notes to albums are included.
Naxos music library
Streaming collection of classical, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music. Includes the complete BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos, Ondine and selected titles of other leading independent labels.
5 user licence
British Library Sounds
A selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of sound recordings from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.
Internet Archive - Audio Archive
Free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to original music uploaded by users.
Streaming video solution offering access to thousands of educational videos and resources covering a broad range of topics, as well as TV programs recorded in the last 14 days from free-to-air digital channels.
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Kanopy Video Streaming
Includes streamed videos on various music genres such as hip-hop, rock, classical and more
Streaming videos of all Australian television news, current affairs and selected documentaries from the free-to-air networks. TVNews is updated daily.
It can be valuable to build your career prospects and networks by connecting with professional associations. You might like to engage with these music, creative and performing arts groups as a student, or even throughout your career.
Performing Arts Connections Australia is the national peak body representing and supporting performing arts presenters and creators in Australia.
Music Australia is an advocacy body that provides information, resources, advocacy and projects to advance all aspects of musical life in Australia. The AMA is represented on the Music Australia Council.
Australian Music Industry Network
A network support the state based music organisations and sponsoring the Save Live Australian Music (SLAM), and develops events that support the contemporary music industry in Australia.
NIDA - National Institute of Performing Arts
NIDA is Australia’s leading institute for education and training in the dramatic arts.
AFTRS - Australian Film, Television & Radio School
Australia's national screen arts and broadcast school, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is the leading institution for the education and training of creative talent in the screen arts and broadcast industries.
Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias
Useful resources for understanding your topic and finding the right keywords to use in your searching.