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2017 Wrap Up
From QMusic CEO

On behalf of the QMusic staff and management committee, I would like to thank everyone that made 2017 such an exciting year.

The artists, industry and audiences of Queensland are QMusic's reason for being, and their participation in and contribution to our work is the main reason QMusic continues to deliver outcomes. Apart from our core team of 8, QMusic paid another 185 arts workers in 2017, and our program of services and events connected with 17,186 people across the state. 

New quadrennial funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts began this year, enabling an expansion of all of QMusic's activities across Queensland. We welcomed Program Manager Trina Massey, Business Development Manager Michael Watt, Digital Content Producer Dean McGrath, and Project Officer Eliza Heath to the QMusic team.

BIGSOUND launched new visual arts and music tech programs, expanding the diversity of creatives that benefit from this iconic event. Festival participation grew by 40% this year, and it makes us very happy that the joy of discovering new Australian music is being embraced by more and more people. New major partnerships with Levi's and Mountain Goat Beer were essential to delivering an expanded conference and festival experience, as were the contributions of our 47 other government and corporate partners.

After being defunded under the Newman Government, QMusic's regional professional development program 'Industry Connect' was fully re-established across the Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions. Industry Connect is an invaluable opportunity to develop relationships with industry leaders and learn from the best, particularly in regards to preparing to make the step up to playing BIGSOUND Festival next year. 2018 will see Industry Connect delivered across an even greater number of regions. 

As was recently announced, 2018 will also see the Queensland Music Awards move to a new venue at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds. This relocation will enable us to host a larger number of music industry professionals, as well as the music-loving Queensland public. The inclusion of new live music venue and music festival awards at the QMAs will recognise a broader range of the music industry professionals that make Queensland music great.

Developing a more inclusive music industry is a major priority for QMusic in 2018. We are currently raising funds to offer a life-changing business skills development opportunity to an outstanding woman in the Queensland music industry, donate musical equipment to a disadvantaged school, and create performance opportunities for regional artists at BIGSOUND. QMusic will also appoint a BIGSOUND First Nations Producer/Advisor in early 2018, as part of our commitment to make BIGSOUND as culturally sensitive and inclusive as possible. I'm looking forward to the imminent appointment of a QMusic General Manager, which will give me the time I need to do a lot more consulting and relationship-building across the Queensland music industry. 

For all the challenges that face our industry, especially the impact of mandatory ID scanning on the feasibility of live music venues, there are many reasons to be excited. I'm constantly reminded of how talented and collaborative our local industry is, and I'm looking forward to seeing how our community can come together in new ways in 2018 to make the most of the opportunities before us. I'm confident that there is a lot more that can be done to further develop the capacity of our music industry to contribute to the cultural and economic life of Queensland.

Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season.....

Joel Edmondson
QMusic CEO

The QMusic office will be closed from Friday December 22, 2017 and reopen on Monday January 8, 2018.

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