Australia’s biggest music industry gathering continues to open more spaces for First Nations music, dialogues and community connection with the announcement of BIGSOUND First Nations House, a unique partnership with Spotify, as part of their ongoing commitment to promoting and increasing the representation of First Nations artists, on and off their platform.
The BIGSOUND First Nations House presented by Spotify will be located at TSO, Fortitude Valley, throughout the duration of the festival and will feature striking art by respected Aboriginal artist Reko Rennie, designed exclusively for Spotify’s Dreaming Loud program.
The house will be a space for supporting, promoting and celebrating First Nations music and includes workshops, a dedicated space for First Nations artists, as well as events showcasing diverse Indigenous music for the community, and the wider BIGSOUND delegate audience.
“Over the past three years, we’ve been collaborating with key community partners to promote and improve the representation of First Nations artists on and off our platform, both within First Nations spaces but also with an aim to reach a wider audience to help facilitate more mainstream engagement with some of the best, most diverse First Nations talent this land has to offer,” said Sophie Paterson, Head of PR & Communications at Spotify AUNZ, who also leads the First Nations program locally.
“We are incredibly excited and proud to partner with BIGSOUND to present First Nations House at this year’s event.”
In the International Year of Indigenous Languages, BIGSOUND weaves a thought-provoking and essential Indigenous-led program of discussions, forums, networking events and of course music, designed to inspire, delight and create participants rather than audiences in a program overseen by First Nations Producer Alethea Beetson.