The $25,000 Levi’s® Music Prize winner was announced today, as Emerson Snowe blew the panel of international selectors away with a blistering Tuesday BIGSOUND showcase at Woolly Mammoth.
This year the Levi’s® Music Prize winner also receives $5000 in travel from Stage and Screen, with three winners to be announced each quarter leading into BIGSOUND 2019, providing ongoing career support for BIGSOUND alumni into the future.
The stage moniker of Brisbane songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jarrod Mahon, Emerson Snowe has had an incredible 2018 playing debut shows in London whilst dropping tracks 'Could You Love Me' and 'Sunlight' off his forthcoming EP.
His charming yet unconventional approach to music has already attracted the attention of many of his idols, being tapped for support slots by acts like Ariel Pink and King Krule.
"I want to say a huge thank-you to everyone involved. This money and opportunity will go a long way and will honestly change my life. Thank you so much to Levi's® for giving me this chance."Jarrod Mahon
"We’re stoked that Emerson Snowe was this year’s recipient of the Levi’s Music Prize. We look forward to seeing his career go from strength to strength over the next 12 months” said Nicky Rowsell, Levi’s® Marketing Manager Australia & New Zealand.
The Levi’s® Music Prize offers a total annual prize pool of $100K over an initial three-year commitment. So far, Stella Donnelly, Alex Lahey, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Hatchie and now Emerson Snowe have been awarded $25,000 each, to help them achieve their export goals. Acts who have performed at BIGSOUND within the last five years (2014-2018) are eligible for the next three rounds.
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