The 2019 Turn Up! Sunshine Coast Music Industry Conference is turning 6 and has a two day celebration planned at The Playhouse at Solbar, Maroochydore on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October. Early bird tickets are now on sale and artist showcase applications are open!
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.
The sold-out event was an incredible showcase of the contribution that music makes to Queensland’s cultural life, and the exceptional caliber of musicianship that the state has to offer to a worldwide audience. Check out the winners!
Registrations are now open for QMusic’s free professional development series INDUSTRY CONNECT, set to begin in April, in partnership with venues and councils in Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Cairns.
Hookups are an opportunity to interact and network with fellow artists and industry from across your city, mingle with your peers and enjoy some food on us! PLUS we're giving you the chance to win a mentoring session with Gold Coast producer Paces. All you need to do is RSVP and attend Industry Connect Hookups at the Gold Coast, Sunny Coast, Ipswich or Brisbane.