Current State of the Australian Music Scene

In September 2017, Levi’s® launched the Levi’s® Music Prize at BIGSOUND in Brisbane - the richest music prize in both the country and in Australian music history.

The inaugural winner of this year’s prize was the amazing Stella Donnelly from Perth.

Whilst at BIGSOUND, Levi's®  also took the opportunity to speak to countless artists from around the country to get their point of view on the current state of the Australian music scene, covering such topics as diversity, progression, equality and community. The short doco features Brisbane's Miss Blanks (pictured).

The Levi’s® Music Prize is an exciting new initiative that will enable Australian bands and artists to maximise that next opportunity to get them to the next stage of their careers. Round 3 is now open. 

Artists who have played on the BIGSOUND Festival line-up in the last 5 years (2013 - 2017) can apply for 1 of the 3 remaining $25,000 prizes.


2017/18 Round 1 winner: Stella Donnelly (WA)

Levi’s® Music Prize Funding Rounds

You can apply for the Levi's® Music Prize between now and June 11 2018 if you have played BIGSOUND 2013-2017 (inclusive). 

Application periods in the lead-up to BIGSOUND 2018:

2017/18 Round 2 
Applications open September 9, 2017
Applications close December 9, 2017
Winner announced January 2018

2017/18 Round 3
Applications open December 10, 2017
Applications close March 10, 2018
Winner announced April 2018

2017/18 Round 4
Applications open March 11, 2018
Applications close June 11, 2018
Winner announced July 2018


Q: Who should apply?
A: The Levi’s® Music Prize is open to artists that have played on the BIGSOUND Festival line-up in the last 5 years, including 2017. These are artists that have already engaged in some kind of export/international touring activity – which is the focus of the prize.

Q: Is there an application fee to apply?
A: BIGSOUND alumni from 2013-2017 can apply for one of the three other quarterly $25,000 prizes at no cost.

Q: What do I need to apply?
A: Each entrant will need to provide a sound business plan to support their intentions and goals, and the winner will be determined by a judging panel including industry experts. The prize will fund up to 80% of the proposed project to a maximum of $25,000 – you need to have some skin in the game. 

Q: Can I apply for the Levi’s® Music Prize more than once?
A: Yes. Unsuccessful bands/artists can re-apply each quarter. Successful Levi’s® Music Prize recipients can re-apply after 3 years.

About Levi’s® Music Prize 

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Published: 10 Dec 2017 by QMusic Newsdesk