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.
BIGSOUND has done its final reveal, with its full program, over 70 new buyers and speakers from all over the world and some surprise last-minute artist additions making the pilgrimage for four days and nights of musical celebrations from September 4-7 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct.