Music’s big names head to Brisbane for BIGSOUND

17 Sep 2013 10:55 AMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Arts Minister Ian Walker and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey have welcomed contemporary music industry’s head honchos and top talent to Brisbane for BIGSOUND [10–13 September].

Mr Walker said BIGSOUND is a signature event on the international musical calendar, attracting people from around the globe for a mix of industry forums and musical showcases.

“BIGSOUND draws top national and international industry talent to Brisbane, creating an environment of new music discovery,” Mr Walker said.

“This year’s event will grow even bigger with a new Music+Design component and 120 artists showcased across 12 venues over the four day event.

“Brisbane continues to develop its reputation as an arts and cultural hub with BIGSOUND joining high profile events like the Brisbane Festival, the 2014 Australian Performing Arts Market and the American Ballet Theatre, performing an exclusive season in Brisbane in 2014.”

Mr Walker said Arts Queensland supported QMusic to deliver BIGSOUND.

Minister Stuckey said BIGSOUND was recognised as one of the biggest music industry events in Australia, attracting musicians, buyers and industry experts from across the world to Brisbane.

“Each year, BIGSOUND welcomes a vibrant collection of industry expertise and musical talent, supporting Brisbane’s growing reputation as an arts and cultural hub,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Newman Government is proud to support this event through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of our goal to double the annual overnight visitor expenditure in Queensland from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.”

QMusic President Michael Crutcher said the BIGSOUND experience combines top speakers, excellent networking opportunities, relevance and a renowned balance of serious business and pure enjoyment.

“BIGSOUND has a reputation as the place to be for the Australian music industry, a place where deals are done,” Mr Crutcher said.

For more information go to www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2013/ (external site) ( http://www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2013/ )

[ENDS] 11 September 2013