QMusic Announces Industry Connect Bursary Winners

With the BIGSOUND activities for 2017 about to commence – once more filling Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley entertainment precinct with top-notch live music from hundreds of rising artists, the cream of the Australian music industry, as well as hordes of delegates and speakers from all over the globe – QMusic would like to announce the winners of the Industry Connect bursaries to attend BIGSOUND Festival.

Since launching last March, QMusic’s newly implemented music program Industry Connect has brought dozens of music industry professionals from around Australia to regional Queensland to share their knowledge and experience. The program is designed to help early/intermediate career musicians and aspiring music industry professionals get the knowledge, relationships and opportunities they need to succeed and build a career in the music industry. 

The bursaries are awarded to aspiring Queensland performers and industry hopefuls who became eligible by attending 80% or more of the Industry Connect sessions in their region, and the 2017 recipients – who will receive full BIGSOUND accreditation for both the conference and festival as well as having their flights and accommodation fully paid for – are:

Cairns: Drew Brauer 
Brisbane: Kerry Raywood (Pink Matter) 
Sunshine Coast: Briannah Dennis (The Dennis Sisters)
Gold Coast: Kirsty Abrahams 

Attending BIGSOUND will provide substantial learning and networking opportunities for these go-getters who are so keen to become part of the music industry’s next generation – each will also have access to a tailored BIGSOUND mentor group for the duration of the conference – with Cairns recipient Drew Brauer offering of the bursary:

“This amazing prize helps me to come down to Brisbane and not only get the chance to meet and share my music with industry people from all over but to also to see so many other talented musicians perform which I am sure will inspire me to do more with my own music. I hope to bring the band down and play at next year’s BIGSOUND so this is a great way for me to make some contacts and make that happen.” 

The bursary was made possible thanks to generous donations from QMusic’s donor community The Saints.

Of course the reach of the Industry Connect program extends far past the BIGSOUND festivities, with QMusic just announcing an exciting new program of workshops in partnership with Queensland Government, Sunshine Coast Council, Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance, Cairns Council and Close Contact. The workshops will be held at The Edge, SLQ (Brisbane), The Farmhouse (Gold Coast), The Old Ambulance Station (Sunshine Coast) and Tanks Arts Centre (Cairns).

Highlights from the upcoming Brisbane Industry Connect program include:

Why Should I Give You Money
Emma Calverley (Executive Director Operations and Marketing, Partnerships Australia)
Tina Hill (Senior Investment Manager, Arts Queensland)
Elliot Chapple (General Manager, Pozible)

Building A Team vs DIY
Alex Henriksson (Matt Corby's producer and co-writer)
David Dean (Turn it Up/Hostile Entertainment)

Getting It Out There 
Stacey Piggott (Secret Service) 

Already in 2017 Industry Connect has also provided performance opportunities for artists by partnering with Queensland Music Festival event Currie Street Crawl in Nambour and Tanks Unplugged in Cairns, an initiative of Tanks Arts Centre.

To sign up for any of the free Industry Connect workshops head to the website, where you can also access full program details and schedules.

To join Qmusic’s donor community The Saints, click here.

Published: 01 Sep 2017 by QMusic Newsdesk