Australasian music rights management organisation APRA AMCOS held two annual general meetings in Sydney yesterday. Re-elected to the APRA Board were Writer Jenny Morris and Publisher Damian Trotter (Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia). Writers Bic Runga and Jonathan Zwartz and Publisher Andrew Jenkins (Universal Music Publishing) were newly elected to the Board.
The young voices of regional Queensland are about to be unleashed with the release of the very first BIG SKY GIRLS album.
Over the past two years, the BIG SKY GIRLS program run by Deb Suckling and Craig Spann from SUGARRUSH Music has mentored 20 young emerging female singer songwriters from across regional and remote Queensland.
With a team of incredible mentors including songwriters, musicians and producers, the girls ranging in age from 15 – 25 have received creative and professional development over a 6 month period, with workshops and recording trips to Brisbane and online mentoring in between. And more than that, they have received access to writing and recording experiences which are few and far between in many of their regions.
With the support of funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland and APRA AMCOS, the very first BIG SKY GIRLS album was recorded in 2018 and early 2019 across two studios in Brisbane with producer’s Jeff Lovejoy and Brianna Ansaldo.
Featuring voices from Roma to Cooktown, the track list includes songs by The Dennis Sisters (Sunshine Coast), Amber Farnan (Cairns), Zoey Mills (Mackay), Hannah Rosa (Gold Coast), K-la (Townsville), Meg Beth (Toowoomba), Tylah Winyard (Burleigh Waters), Ella Hartwig (Cooktown) and Maddie Thomas (Roma).
The nine tracks featured on the album show the diversity of voices and styles by these young women but there is also another side – the stories of very real issues faced by many young regional people.
“We are beyond thrilled to be able to release the first BIG SKY GIRLS project and so grateful to our team of artists and producers and also to our funding bodies for their support. It is so important that we give young regional songwriters access to studios, to professionals and to hone their musical skills but also that we listen to what they have to say, “ Project Manager Deb Suckling said.
“Songwriting is such an important tool of self-expression for young people and we are just grateful we have been able to offer this opportunity. Working with these young women has been an absolute privilege – we hope people listen up and see what incredible talent is out there in our regions across Queensland.”Deb Suckling
Project Manager, BIG SKY GIRLS
QMusic is proud to announce the top four finalists of the 2019 Grant McLennan Fellowship: Jack Bratt, Harriette Pilbeam (Hatchie), Georgia Potter (Moreton) and Leanne Tennant. The winner of the 2019 Grant McLennan Fellowship will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 11 December 2019.
Congratulations to MARLOE who will be heading down to Electronic Music Conference (EMC) next week to attend the conference, co-write one-on-one with Akacia and sit down with 120 Publishing to learn about how an emerging artists publishing can be built into an incredibly valuable revenue stream.
GYROstream are bringing their huge artist discovery and development competition 'Big Boost' back for 2019. Big Boost aims to give artists the leg up they need to take their music global and they've put together a whopping $10,000 prize pack for the lucky winner.
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The 2020 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs), produced by QMusic and taking place on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at The Fortitude Music Hall, has unveiled an exciting new Major Award category with the Emerging Artist Of The Year Award.
Open to all early-career Queensland musicians, entries are open now and close midnight, Thursday 24 October 2019.