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Music, Creative and Performing Arts: Resources

A Library Guide to music and creative industries and performing arts resources for students of the University of Newcastle.

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.

Music resources

Find public domain sheet music.

Music copyright

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.

Professional Associations

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.

Let us know what you want

Is there anything more you would like us to include in this guide? Let us know by going to our Feedback page and we will do our very best to add the resources you want.

Open Access Textbooks and Resources

Did you know that there are many great textbooks and resources that are available for free?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined by UNESCO as

“… teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions....”

The following textbooks are examples of resources that are 100% free and available for you to use during your degree and beyond!

For information about OER's, please see our guide.

Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias

Useful resources for understanding your topic and finding the right keywords to use in your searching. 

Your Subject Librarians

This guide has been created by University of Newcastle Librarians who work with your schools to make sure you have access to the resources you need. The Librarians supporting music, creative and performing arts are:

Research Liaison Librarian

Gemma Milton