With Purple Passes sold out and up over 10% on last year, late nights, sore heads and incredible results for showcasing artists, BIGSOUND delivered on insight, community building and even the odd sun shower for the first time in 17 years.
From a secret midnight show from Paul Kelly debuting new material to some surprising revelations from discussion forums around industry behaviour, leadership, songwriting, parenthood and more, as always it was the unscheduled and unexpected surprises that made BIGSOUND the must-have ticket of the year.
Work now begins on BIGSOUND 2019 with its new programming team now in place. Maggie Collins will continue in the leadership role of Executive Programmer as we welcome an expanded team of Tom Larkin (VVV Management) as conference programmer and Melody Forghani (twnty three) and Tim Shiel (Double J/triple j) as Festival co-programers.
With this year’s focus on community-building, BIGSOUND will continue the journey, further cementing its place in the industry as a place for change and innovation, but also for the care and nurturing of industry participants as human beings. It will continue to take on the big topics, not just of industrial change and business model evolution, but also of work life balance, fair partnerships and personal wellbeing, with the aim to create a happier and healthier ecosystem, spreading the BIGSOUND vibe across our industry for the other fifty-one weeks of the year.
QMusic would like to thank the staff, sponsors, participants, venues, punters, volunteers, media, government stakeholders and others who made BIGSOUND 2018 the biggest and best yet.
We’ll see you in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct from September 3 – 6 for BIGSOUND 2019.
Queensland songwriters have a one-week extension to enter their songs & videos in the 2019 QMAs. The new deadline is midnight Monday November 19, 2018, providing a grace period for those racing to the finish line on new work.
QMusic is pleased to announce the top four finalists in the running for the $25K 2018 Grant McLennan Fellowship: Spencer White (Morning Harvey), Gabriella Cohen, Danny Harley (The Kite String Tangle) and The Ironing Maidens (Melanie Stevens & Patricia Preece). Read on to learn more about our finalists!
Nominations for 2018 Aria Emerging Artist Scholarship are now open to any Australian artist (represented by a current ARIA member) that hasn’t been previously nominated for any ARIA Awards category with an Album or Single before the 2018 Awards.
Queensland musicians will have their music heard by prominent music industry executives, festival programmers, booking agents, A&R, radio personalities and tastemakers representing an outstanding breadth and depth of experience. Enter your song into the 2019 Qld Music Awards by Nov 12.
The prize features promotional support to the value of $20,000 to assist with momentum and is awarded annually to the Song of The Year recipient. Enter your songs into the 2019 Qld Music Awards by Nov 12 to be in the running.