Our friends at BEMAC have given us a double pass to legendary Tuareg guitarist and singer, “the sultan of shred”, Bombino’s live performance at The Foundry on Thursday, 15 November.
Rising Brisbane singer/songwriter Harriette Pilbeam (Hatchie) was today awarded the fourth round of the $25,000 Levi’s® Music Prize by a panel of international judges.
The quarterly prize aims to support artists that have built significant initial career momentum via their BIGSOUND experience but need a financial leg-up to keep progressing on the international stage.
Showcasing at BIGSOUND during her breakout year in 2017, Pilbeam has spent the past 12 months building her team across the globe, signing with record labels in the UK, US and Australia. Following breakthrough debut singles ‘Try’ & ‘Sure’ Hatchie, toured internationally with appearances at SXSW and The Great Escape, before releasing her debut EP ‘Sugar & Spice’ in May 2018. The EP reached the top 10 of the NACC and features the track ‘Sleep’ which was named Best New Track by Pitchfork.
The decision was made by a panel of international music industry buyers including representatives from Sky (UK), Transgressive (US), and United Talent (UK)
"I’m so excited and honoured to be receiving the Levi’s Music Prize. Over the next six months, I will be touring the world extensively in support of my debut EP 'Sugar & Spice'. The award will help get me to North America (twice), France and the UK. I can’t thank Levi’s and BIGSOUND enough for supporting me from so early on!"Harriette Pilbeam
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 and Hatchie 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) will now be eligible for the next four rounds.
In a coup for musicians, Levi’s® announced early this year, that from Round 1 2018/19 the prize will increase to include $5,000 to each winning artist in travel from Stage & Screen. Artists performing in the 2018 showcase will now be in the running to win an increased Levi’s® Music Prize pool of $30K to be awarded on the last day of BIGSOUND - September 7, 2018.
Over the next 12 months AMEX will be supporting the Australian music industry by giving music venues, business, artists and fans the opportunity to share in a grant program valued at $1million.
The Access Arts Achievement Award provides funding for Queensland artists, arts workers and producers with disability working in any art form to create, develop, present, produce, exhibit and/or tour their work.
If you're a local artist, creative business or organisation, grants are available to bring your big ideas to life through the RADF. Projects supported are bold, collaborative and fuel the cultural charge that’s happening on the Gold Coast.
The 7th annual Queensland Music Awards will return to the Royal International Convention Centre at Brisbane Showgrounds on Tuesday 19 March, 2019, celebrating what will have been an incredible 2018 for Queensland music. Entries are now open, submit your songs before 12 November!