Welcome to the very first 100% virtual BIGSOUND!
This has no doubt been one of the toughest years in our history to deliver this event, but this year, more than ever, we knew the music community needed to come together and celebrate the stories, share the lessons and prop each other up and create a stronger platform for our future.
BIGSOUND 2020 delivers a wide range of topics and discussions aiming to re-future a challenged industry with positivity, connection and reality. We have launched a virtual BIGSOUND First Nations House presented with Spotify, which profiles the talented First Nation Artists part of The BIGSOUND50. Further to this, Spotify has worked with our First Nations Producer, Alethea Beetson, to film eight of these artists all over the country to produce two stunning showcases. A big thank you to Spotify, Made in Katana and Carbon Creative for these showcases, I urge you to watch them on the First Nations House Stream from 8pm (AEST) each night.
The Conference Program is inspiring and is stretched across three streams, the Main Conference Stream where some of the world's biggest names in music share their lessons and experiences with you, the Professional Development Stream, which shares tips and tricks to excel in your music practice, and the Mental Health Stream in partnership with Levi's®, which features an extensive program of sessions with industry experts and Australia music legends.
To inspire you with the next hottest names in music, head over to The BIGSOUND50 and discover every artist listed! This amazing group of artists will be household names within the next 12-24 months, if they aren't already. We are so excited to be working over the next 12 months with this group of artists and urge you to listen to The BIGSOUND50 playlist to get to know them all better.
Thank you to my QMusic team for pulling BIGSOUND together this year. A special thanks to the programmers, Creative Director Janne Scott, Conference Programmer Tom Larkin, First Nations Producer Alethea Beetson and Festival Programmers Ruby Jean-McCabe and Dom Miller. I'd also like to extend a warm thanks to the partners who continued this amazing ride with us, including Queensland Government, Australia Council for the Arts, Tourism and Events Queensland, The Music, triple j, Apple Music, AON, APRA AMCOS, BigFish, Green Music Australia, HighJinkx, JMC Academy, Leadership Space, Levi's®, Manitoba Music, OzTix, Spotify and Twitter.
BIGSOUND has always been about bringing our business and arts community together and while we were hopeful of being in our spiritual home in the Fortitude Valley live music precinct, 2020 made other arrangements. It has never been more important for the Australian industry to come together to focus on survival and re-futuring. We welcome you to join us for this unique virtual BIGSOUND and celebrate (almost) making it through 2020.