Applications are open for the prestigious $25,000 Grant McLennan fellowship, an incredible opportunity for QLD songwriters to travel to New York, London or Berlin for up to six months and use the experience of being immersed in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to further develop their own artistic skills. Applications close 23 September, 2019.
QMusic is excited to announce the appointment of our new General Manager Karsten Richert and Program Manager Gav Parry, both of whom will be integral to helping QMusic deliver greater value to artists and industry in Queensland.
Karsten started in the event industry after studying economics in Germany in 1991 organising festivals and corporate events. In 1996, Karsten moved to Australia working in the hospitality industry before joining Staging Connections in Sydney as a Technical Event Manager where he would be involved as part of the event team for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at Stadium Australia.
After a short stint managing Nitmiluk Tours at Katherine Gorge in the Northern Territory he moved back to Germany for 5 years working back in the hospitality industry as a catering manager and an event manager.
In 2008, Karsten was appointed General Manager of the Staging Connections office in Canberra before being promoted to Regional General Manager of Queensland, New Zealand and Fiji, one of the leading event staging companies in the Asia/Pacific region with over 1,000 staff and $80m turnover.
For the past eight years Gav has been involved in the music industry in one form or another. It began with Brisbane based duo YesYou, after their first single ‘Half Of It’ was added to rotation on Triple J. The duo went onto toured with the likes of Rufus Du Sol, Ms Mr and Midnight Juggernauts. Over the coming years they released music on Yuksek’s label (Partyfine), Wonderlick/Sony and continue to work with Melbourne based label Onelove.
In 2016, Gav stepped into management with the signing of Melbourne based R&B artists and songwriter JANEVA who went onto ink a deal with Sony ATV, which has seen her go onto write with Hermitude, Young Franco, Shockone, LDRU, Basenji, Maribelle, Paces, Kota Banks to name a few. Since then he’s gone onto sign another Melbourne artist Blasko, who’s debut mixtape (released 2018) has clocked up more than two million streams, he’s supported Jhene Aiko at Margaret Court Arena, SG Lewis in Melbourne/NZ and currently releases music through Majestic Casual/Yunizon Records.
Gav also Vocal A&R’s for a number of projects including Luude, Exist Recordings, Onelove and A&R’s locally for French based independent label Yunizon Records.
Welcome Karsten and Gav!
Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, music writer and industry figure Vivien Goldman, Frontier Touring’s Sahara Herald and acclaimed artist Mojo Juju join the stellar 2019 speaker lineup. With the new keynote announcement comes the unveiling of the BIGSOUND 2019 Official Party program, with Purple Pass holders in for a real treat with no less than 16 official events.
This year's legendary BIGSOUND party schedule has landed, with a heap of returning favourites and exciting new offerings! Purple Pass holders are in for a real treat with no less than 16 official events, check out the full list!
QMusic have partnered with Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance and The Events Centre to present POINT, an immersive event featuring multi-art projections, installations and some of the country’s most exciting emerging and established music acts taking place Friday 30 Aug. Check out the lineup!
Raising funds for your project or organisation? Applications for matched funding through Creative Partnerships Australia and the Australian Cultural Fund are open from now until Wed 14 August.
Over the past three years BIG SKY GIRLS has become a crucial annual event supporting and mentoring young regional women in music across Queensland. Applications for 2019 are open now, closing 10 August.