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BIGSOUND Bursary Winners Announced

Meet the six emerging Queensland music industry practitioners set to take on BIGSOUND 2018, thanks to QMusic’s donor community, The Saints. 

Congratulations to Dylan Lindquist (Clawmachine), Laura Bamford (Laura Louise), Rob Bryant (Big Foot Mafia), Sam Krzewina, Tom Gillespie (Venice on Fire) and Victoria Jenkins (Fragile Animals). The BIGSOUND Bursary, now in its second year, will cover the winner’s flights, accommodation and purple passes to Australia festival of new music and conference, BIGSOUND Festival this September 4-7 in Brisbane.

Spanning from the Cairns to Toowoomba the young music business start-ups are participants of QMusic’s flagship professional development program, Industry Connect. The program has helped 1190 artists and music industry practitioners navigate the contemporary music industry landscape since 2017, with support from Arts Queensland.

Tom Gillespie of Toowoomba act Venice on Fire is thrilled to win the BIGSOUND bursary, citing the disadvantages regional artists face.


“On top of the obvious tyranny of distance, you have to work twice as hard to network, befriend and otherwise insert yourself into industry and social circles. You're constantly behind the eight ball, so this is a magnificent chance to rise above that. It will offer me a chance to meet professionals I would otherwise have no access to”

Tom Gillespie
Venice on Fire

“As a band, we want to explore more touring opportunities, so I'm hoping to meet with booking agents and venue owners to not only highlight our work, but find out what they're looking for,” said Gillespie. Ipswich singer songwriter Sam Krzewina echoes similar plans, “winning the BIGSOUND bursary gives me solid 'boots-on-the-ground' experience and first rate connections to backup all of what I learned and discovered with QMusic.” 

Looking to 2019 and developing his career post Industry Connect, Gold Coast's Dylan Lindquist says “this is a huge opportunity for me to learn a lot which will have a huge impact and inform a lot of my plans for the next year.

Take a listen to all our 2018 BIGSOUND Bursary winners below!

2018 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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