Sahara Beck has been named as the recipient of the $15,000 Carol Lloyd Award for 2019, the announcement taking place at the launch of this year's Queensland Music Festival.
National Arts Council Singapore’s inaugural BIGSOUND showcase back in 2016 established the country as a serious international contender when it comes to music, and the 2018 edition is looking to take things to the next level.
BIGSOUND Executive Producer Joel Edmondson called the 2016 showcase a "revelation".
"I don't think anyone was prepared for how fun it was, and for the quality of artists on display," Edmondson said.
"One of BIGSOUND's key ambitions over the next five years is to create closer ties between Australia and the Asian music markets, so this partnership with NAC Singapore is really important to us, as well as everyone at BIGSOUND looking to extend their networks north."
With the country producing rapping legend Masia One and producer Myrne, there’s no doubt the 2018 instalment will pack a punch, with punters being promised the “most exciting acts are being sent over to rep the country”.
"In addition to introducing our musicians to the international audience, we are confident that the conversations between Australian and Singaporean musicians, producers and industry professionals will plant the seeds for many fruitful artistic collaborations in the months ahead.”Kok Tse Wei
National Arts Council Singapore
The 2016 showcase featured folk singer-songwriter iNCH, electronic duo .gif, instrumental prog-rockers In Each Hand A Cutless and rapper THELIONCITYBOY.
While you wait for the full lineup announcement for BIGSOUND 2018, check out the video below to whet your appetite.
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Queensland Music Festival has launched its massive 2019 program. The state-wide program for the festival's 20th anniversary will run 5 July through to 28 July and bring "the gift of music to all corners of the state". Find out what's on and how you can get involved!
Last fortnight Paris Irwin, winner of the Industry Connect ‘Chill with Paces’ mentoring session spent an afternoon at Alchemix Recording Studios with Paces to gain some priceless industry insight, feedback on her songs and whip up a groovy new tune with the Gold Coast based producer.
Tucked away in the mountains of the Sunshine Coast is the picturesque Heliport Studios where for the second year, eight Industry Connect participants will spend four days co-writing and collaborating on new music with the guidance of industry experts.
APRA AMCOS have announced the return of the biennial APRA Professional Development Awards offering nine individual winners $15,000 each. The Smugglers of Light initiative will also return in 2019, providing a promising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music or media practitioner with a grant of $12,000.