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BIGSOUND applications open, plus $100K music prizes and more announced

3 Apr

BIGSOUND, the southern hemisphere’s biggest showcase of new music and one that’s helped boost the careers of a heap of WA acts, will take things to the next level in 2017, courtesy of the Levi’s Music Prize – a $100,000 annual prize pool announced for BIGSOUND artist alumni. Australian artists now have one more in a long list of reasons to apply to showcase at BIGSOUND, with an expanded program held this 5-8 September in its ancestral home, Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

This $100,000 prize pool is the largest music prize in Australian music history. It supports artists that have built significant initial career momentum via their BIGSOUND experience, but who need a financial leg-up to keep moving forward. 

The likes of WA acts Methyl Ethel, Verge Collection, San Cisco and KUCKA, plus Australian acts Courtney Barnett, Flume, Rufus, Seth Sentry, Gang of Youths, DMAs, Kingswood, The Temper Trap, Megan Washington, DZ Deathrays, Ball Park Music, Boy & Bear, Tash Sultana, The Jezabels, A.B.Original, Middle Kids and many more have used BIGSOUND as a springboard into international markets. 2017 will see a new wave of talent play the festival and become eligible for the Levi’s Music Prize.

Administered by QMusic in conjunction with Sounds Australia, the prize provides multiple opportunities for BIGSOUND artists as they build their international careers post-BIGSOUND. An initial $25,000 prize will be awarded on the final day of BIGSOUND, as judged by a panel of visiting international music industry experts. The program will then be opened up to BIGSOUND alumni that have featured in the showcase over the last five years to apply for further $25,000 prizes over the following 3 quarters.

To further increase the opportunities for artists vying for the Levi’s® Music Prize, BIGSOUND will also expand to a four-night format, with each artist now given the opportunity to play twice across the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night event.

Industry priced tickets for BIGSOUND 2017 are now on sale, with special early-bird rates available until May 14.


Australian and international artists have the rare chance to perform in front of some of the most influential figures in the international music industry by showcasing at BIGSOUND, so it’s time for WA acts to start applying!!


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