QMusic Launches Philanthropic Community

The Saints community has been born with the launch of Queensland’s first philanthropic group for contemporary music. The launch at Woolloongabba brought together Queenslanders who love music and want to support the growth of the industry in this state.

Thanks to AYLA and The Creases for stirring sets that were a perfect start for The Saints Community. Both artists are great examples of how QMusic celebrates and helps to foster the creative and commercial growth of Queensland musicians. AYLA was the recipient of the Billy Thorpe Scholarship in 2015 and The Creases’ Joe Agius took out the BOQ People’s Choice Award for Most Promising Male Songwriter at last year’s Qld Music Awards. 

As the clock struck midnight, legendary didgeridoo player William Barton gave the crowd an impromptu performance, showcasing the talent that has enabled him to feature with the likes of the London and Berlin Philharmonic. It was fitting that William played - he first picked up his instrument in Mount Isa, starting a journey that has taken him to Carnegie Hall.

Funds generated from The Saints community will help develop the music industry in Queensland, enabling artists from all parts of the state to develop their talents. Musicians from regional Queensland are isolated from the music industry opportunities accessible to those in capital cities. The Saints' contributions will help QMusic to connect these artists into our international music industry network, and develop their ability to take advantage of the opportunities that arise from those connections.

More than $10,000 was raised on the opening night of The Saints community - a superb start to a venture that will grow over the coming years. Some familiar faces from Brisbane’s corporate scene were at the launch and are already looking forward to more events in 2017. The role-up proved just how a love for music brings together people from all walks of life. It’s a passion shared across the state.

To get involved, go to saints.qmusic.com.au

Published: 16 Mar 2017 by QMusic Newsdesk