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BIGSOUND's 2018 Conference program will see a radical departure from the 'talking heads' format that dominates international music industry conferences. Stay tuned for more details on how the 2018 conference will create a whole new generation of Australian music industry change-makers.

“Our motivation in building this year's program is to create the neutral ground on which our industry can progress in a uniting, nurturing and welcoming way.

BIGSOUND programmer Maggie Collins

With the latest announcement in, we can reveal the first three forums will include:

‘The New Music Business’ a forum for participants to float brand new ideas and ways of making things happen in our diverse industry. A place for participants to challenge the status quo and “old school” rules, this session will create important debate and a real opportunity for change.

The second forum will ask the question “What would the current music industry look like if it was invented by our First Nations people?”. Instead of starting from a position of how we ‘integrate’ First Nations music into the existing industry framework, BIGSOUND will turn things on its head to search for and celebrate lessons and ideas that we can learn from Indigenous perspectives. This community-focused session will be a unique opportunity to listen, learn and take on board Indigenous perspectives to allow for real innovation across our sector. 

“Changing Music Industry Behaviour” will take a mature and complex look at how change can occur. We’ll look at the psychology of change and how our industry can create sustained momentum. This will be your chance to discuss the ups and downs of your culture change efforts and get some advice from the wisdom of the crowd.