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2019 BIGSOUND Bursary
Winners Revealed

Meet the five emerging Queensland music industry practitioners set to take on BIGSOUND 2019, thanks to QMusic’s donor community, The Saints. 

Congratulations to Kaysei Galea (ACEKAYS), Magnus Murphy, Mason Hope, Aimee Thomson (ANNY) and Mike Tomkinson. The BIGSOUND Bursary, now in its third year, will cover the winner’s flights, accommodation and purple passes to Australia festival of new music and conference, BIGSOUND Festival this September 3-6 in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Spanning from Cairns to Ipswich the emerging artists and industry practitioners are participants of QMusic’s flagship professional development program, Industry Connect. The program has helped over 1500 participants navigate the contemporary music industry landscape since 2017, with support from Arts Queensland.

Kaysei Galea who records and performs as ACEKAYS said she is thrilled to win the BIGSOUND bursary because of the opportunities it presents for learning and making new connections.


"I’m excited to be immersed in a world where everyone is equally as passionate about music and the arts as I am and I know I’ll walk away from the experience feeling a new kind of inspired."

Kaysei Galea

Her sentiments were echoed by Aimee Thomson of Gold Coast band ANNY.

"BIGSOUND has always been that festival young bands work towards attending for its huge networking potential, not to mention the bands, artists and professionals you meet who I/we could potentially collaborate with in the future." she said.

The bursary gives artists from regional Queensland opportunities to meet people in the industry they wouldn't typically have access to.

"Living quite remote in Cairns I’m hoping to I’ll be able to make some connections and link up with the broader music community to expose me to a bigger market nationally and possibly even internationally" said FNQ-based singer songwriter Mike Tomkinson.

Get to know our 2019 BIGSOUND Bursary winners below!

2019 Bursary Winners

About The Saints

As a registered charity QMusic is dedicated to creating genuine career opportunities for Queenslanders who want to take their music to the world. 

The Saints Community is a group of like-minded music lovers who’ve come together to help QMusic guide, grow and shape the future of music in Queensland. Donors choose to support a number of different initiatives that will positively impact the lives of musicians and the industry professionals that make the appreciation of great music possible. 

Donations support our agenda to support artists, grow the music industry in Queensland, and enhance Queensland’s reputation as a vibrant and progressive place.

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