The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network Inc. (APMN) promotes the art of Religious Music in the service of the Catholic Church in Australia through education, support, networking and advocacy, with a special focus on supporting the use of Australian compositions. See the "About" page for more info.




APMN comprises clergy and other pastoral leaders, musicians and singers, teachers and educators, parishes and dioceses, composers and publishers. Join Now!


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Sing with Joy: United in Diversity

National Conference
Perth, 5-7 October, 2017

Featuring David Haas, one of the pre-eminent contemporary composers of liturgical music, and Professor Clare Johnson, Director of the ACU Centre for Liturgy and Chair of the National Liturgical Music Board. The conference was a great experience for the 330+ people who attended.

2017 Conference Notes


The conference area has been updated  with conference reports, photos and presenters material from Sing With Joy.


The conference website provides an historical record of the event details - program timetable, keynotes, plenaries, workshops, venue, accommodation options, sponsors, exhibits, and FAQ.


2019 Conference - Melbourne!

Start making your plans for the biggest APMN Conference ever! To be held at the ACU campus in Melbourne, 1 - 3 October 2019, the preparations are well underway. The date claimer flyer with initial details is  here.


Our Keynote speakers are Tony Alonso and Diana Macalintal. The conference will feature more than 40 breakout workshops, showcases, exhibitions, plenary forums, conference Mass, conference dinner, and our AGM.

Our Pastoral Notes Blog will provide a running commentary on preparations.


APMN provides scholarships to young pastoral musicians to help them develop their skills and knowledge. Through our scholarships program we hope to equip the Church with msucians for future generations.


You can help by donating directly to our scholarships fund. Go to the scholarships donation page now!

Media Announcements

Our second national conference was a great success! Conference notes are available to conference attendees on our secure login area. Please use your booking email address and the password sent to you, or contact APMN Web Services.

2015 Conference Notes

Latest Pastoral Notes Blogs


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APMN Executives Reappointed to National Liturgical Music Council

Paul Mason - Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Bishops Commission for Liturgy has reappointed two APMN executives to the National Liturgical Music Council (NLMC) for three year terms commencing November 2018 and ending November 2021.


The appointments of Fiona Dyball and Paul Mason to the NLMC provide for close working relationships between the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network.




Presenter Expressions of Interest Now Open

Paul Mason - Wednesday, January 09, 2019



We are now seeking expressions of interest to present a Breakout Session at our 2019 conference - Listen to the Spirit and Sing! The 4th national conference for the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network (APMN) will be held in Melbourne at the Australian Catholic University, October 1-3, 2019. More information is available on our website.

Here is a list of suggested topics; but other topics are also invited: please name your own Breakout Session title and focus in the Expression of Interest Form. The closing date has been extended to Friday 25 January, 2019.


In keeping with the aims of the APMN, Breakout Session Leaders will open ways to

“actively assist parishes, schools and other Church agencies to have educated, skilled musicians and composers available for the vital ministry of providing suitable quality music for worship, church life and religious education.”


There are three primary Breakout Session formats - Workshop, Masterclass, and Showcase.


A Workshop will generally have a strong practical music-making component that invites and supports participation by all attendees. All music used in a Workshop must speak to the context for which it is most suited and explain why (E.g. Mass, Adoration, Praise and Worship, Prayer Service, RE Classroom Catechetics, possible crossover points if any, etc). One composer’s work may be used to demonstrate a concept or theme in a Workshop but active promotion of works for sale is suited to a Showcase format and/or a booth in the Exhibitor Hall. Workshops that suggest music appropriate for the Catholic Mass must also refer to Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1963), Musicam Sacram (Instruction on Music in the Liturgy, 1967), and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (2011).


A Masterclass will be led by an acknowledged music ministry professional in the instrument/area that is highlighted. It allows participants to engage in practical opportunities to upskill in a practical music area, as applied to music ministry (E.g. Choir Director, Psalmist, Composer, Cantor, Leader of Song, Guitarist, Organist, Pianist, Percussionist, etc). Places may be limited for some Masterclasses.


A Showcase provides an opportunity for a composer or commercial publisher to present a range of their works or products in an interactive format for commercial purposes and promotion. Preference will be given to presenters of Showcases who have purchased a sponsorship / booth in the Exhibitor Hall, as Showcase sessions are strictly limited. All music used in a Showcase must specify the context for which it is most suited and explain why (E.g. Mass, Adoration, Praise and Worship, Prayer Service, RE Classroom Catechetics, possible crossover points if any, etc). A Showcase that suggests music appropriate for the Catholic Mass must refer to the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Instruction on Music in the Liturgy, and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.


For All Breakout Sessions:


  • Sessions will run a maximum of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Sessions will adhere to copyright law. Please see Guidelines: Copyright in Parish and School Liturgy, Version 2.1, produced by the Diocese of Wollongong.
  • Sessions should make reference to the key Church documents on music:
  • Leaders will be provided with IT Support, a projector / screen, a table for notes, a keyboard (if required), a simple sound set up, and two music stands. Leaders will provide all handouts, instruments other than keyboard, and other materials.
  • Sessions will clearly delineate between music that is appropriate for different settings and purposes, as well as possible crossover points.
  • Workshop and Masterclass Breakout Session Leaders will receive a voucher towards the cost of Conference registration for each Session they lead (one voucher is issued per Session: a Session with more than one presenter will only receive one voucher).


Thank you in advance for your consideration of this Request for Expression of Interest. All applications will be given respectful consideration for inclusion by the Conference sub-committee and applicants will be notified by the end of January 2019.


Please submit your workshop topic preference and proposal using the Expression of Interest Form by Friday, 25 January, 2019.


I look forward to your participation at our 4th national conference in Melbourne in October 2019.

Paul Mason
Australian Pastoral Musicians Network
for and on behalf of the Conference sub-committee.

2019 APMN Conference

Paul Mason - Tuesday, November 20, 2018


The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network is pleased to announce its 4th National Conference, 1-3 October, 2019 at the ACU in Melbourne.


Celebrating liturgical, catechetical and religious music for parishes, schools and beyond. For all musicians, cantors, conductors, composers, choristers, teachers, catechists, campus ministers, clergy, liturgy teams ... and all who love sung prayer.


The conference features 3 keynote presentations, 2 plenary workshops, over 40 breakout workshops, exhibitions, showcases, conference Mass and conference dinner.


Note the dates in your diary! Registrations open 1 March, 2019.


We look forward to seeing you there.


Paul Mason


Download the flyer


Lay Pastoral Ministry 2018

Paul Mason - Sunday, October 07, 2018




The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference recently launched important document Lay Pastoral Ministry 2018 – Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace at the Proclaim Conference in Brisbane.


The document is a foundational resource for those of us involved in Lay Pastoral Ministry and formation here in Australia, and this includes Pastoral Music Ministry. For those who are familiar with Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord from the USCCB, this can be viewed and understood as an Australian equivalent to that helpful and comprehensive document.


Some sections of the document are of particular interest to pastoral musicians:'


P 27 Christian Vocation of Discipleship

P 28 Vocation to Ministry

P 30 Lay Pastoral Ministry

P 34 Discernment and Formation

P 35 Authorisation: Certification and Appointment


As we listen to to what the Spirit is saying, it is important to reflect on the opportunities this document opens up.


You are welcome to comment below in the comments section of this blog.



2018 Annual General Meeting

Paul Mason - Monday, October 01, 2018

The annual general meeting for the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network (APMN) will be held on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 4:00 pm AEDT (NSW, Vic, Tas) , i.e. 3.00 pm QLD, 3.30 pm SA, 1.00 pm WA via teleconference.


See the Members Only Area on this website for details of the Notice, Agenda, Teleconference Arrangements, Previous Minutes and Treasurer's Report; or contact the APMN secretary.

2019 Scholarships Announced

Paul Mason - Monday, September 17, 2018

The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network proudly announce the opening of the 2019 Scholarships program from 1 February 2019. 


Scholarships are on offer for young pastoral musicians between the ages of 16 and 35 to help them develop their skills and knowledge.

Scholarship applications must be received by 31 May 2019.


Full details are now available at scholarships-2019.

Plenary Council 2020 - Power of the Spirit

Paul Mason - Tuesday, August 21, 2018




All around Australia people are engaging in the Listening Process in preparation for Plenary Council 2020. There are some simple but important things you can do right now.


Visit the website which provides great resources that will enable individuals and groups to learn more, pray for guidance, commence dialogue and subscribe for regular updates.


The Diocese of Wollongong have prepared a song for the plenary and made it available for free download at Performed by Michaela Rose, Seth Harsh and Fiesta Mataele (members of the Catholic Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Wollongong), with John Lappan on violin, and composed by Paul Mason, the song can be used in Listening Sessions in parishes, schools and other faith communities. It also may be used in Masses for Entrance, Song of Praise and Sending Forth.


Revised Copyright Guidelines Available

Paul Mason - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network has been given permission by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong to publish their recently updated Version 2 copyright guidance documents. The revised documents take account of the new landscape of copyright license providers in Australia (OneLicense, CCLI and APRA/AMCOS) and the broader range of licenses now available from these providers.


The guidelines can be downloaded from our Documents page. 

Australian Liturgy Conference 2019

Paul Mason - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The next Australian Academy of Liturgy (AAL) conference will be held in Fremantle 15-18 January 2019. The theme of the conference is “The Art of Liturgy”. More details will be released through the AAL webpage.


15-18 January 2019
University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle campus

Click here to register your interest in the 2019 Conference

RCIA National Conference 2018

Paul Mason - Tuesday, August 21, 2018





The conference is being held in Melbourne 11-13 October 2018, at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.


The Christian Initiation Australia Network (CIAN) is hosting the national conference on RCIA. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your parish to to enliven, reignite and add a spark to evangelisation and the RCIA in your parish community and diocese. For full workshop descriptions and registration details please visit TryBooking.


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