A further three prizes will be awarded to showcasing artists across the coming twelve months, creating a massive $120,000 total investment in Australian artists by Levi’s® and Stage & Screen and supported by Sounds Australia. Over the last two years, Levi’s® has provided support via the prize to Ecca Vandal, Alex Lahey, The Teskey Brothers, Hatchie, Stella Donnelly and more.
“It’s been another fantastic year at BIGSOUND, and we are so thrilled to award the Levi’s® Music Prize to Gordon Koang who has been a true stand-out at this year’s event,” said Bridget Hanson, Levi’s® ANZ Marketing. “We’re excited to see what the future holds for our Levi’s® Music Prize alumni, and look forward to continuing to support the Australian and New Zealand music community through events and initiatives like BIGSOUND.”
"Stage and Screen is absolutely delighted to be a part of the Levi's Prize for the second year. It is so exciting for us to know we are a part of helping support and propel these amazing artists toward success,” said Stage and Screen National Marketing Leader Dimity Holland.
Now in its 18th year, BIGSOUND turned the volume up to 11 with Fyre Festival event producer Andy King’s keynote speech full of surprises and wisdom and the thread of female achievement was strong throughout BIGSOUND’s schedule with she-punk Vivien Goldman, Mojo Juju, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, Frontier Touring's Sahara Herald, and the amazing Her Song: Her Story panel.
The first year of Spotify’s First Nations House and the inclusion of three important conversations was a poignant point in the International Year of Indigenous Languages, with the groundbreaking joint keynote exploring Indigenous experiences across the globe for one of the highlights of the program.
It was also a year of firsts for showcasing artists with the YouTube Music Artist Village a huge success, including accommodation and support services for performing artists, and BIGSOUND welcomed the expanded support of the Brisbane City Council for the visual arts program, ensuring that even more colour, light, movement and mysterious purple and orange creatures were able to turn the Valley into a truly unique party zone.
QMusic would like to thank everyone who networked, spoke, played and partied with us over the last four days and look forward to smashing even more records in 2020.