BIGSOUND 2020 moves to free virtual event, introduces new initiative for emerging artists

BIGSOUND 2020 moves to free virtual event, introduces new initiative for emerging artists

Words by Tom Parker

Australia’s largest music conference is shifting online.

As a result of the ongoing disruptions caused by COVID-19, BIGSOUND will now go ahead as a free digital event in 2020. Going down from Wednesday October 21 to Thursday October 22, the event which usually takes place in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley will see artists and music industry professionals connect from the comfort of their very own home.

A major shift from the festival-like atmosphere BIGSOUND brings to Brisbane’s hallowed hub, in 2020, the conference will be built on three main pillars – community, survival and re-futuring. A new conference program will be custom-built for the challenges and awakenings that 2020 has delivered.

2020 allows BIGSOUND the opportunity to expand on it’s 18-year legacy in a dynamic, forward-thinking manner. Given the very futurism that encapsulates BIGSOUND, this year’s event stands as one of its most exciting and equally-exhilarating iterations.

As the conference element of BIGSOUND goes ahead, the live showcases will no longer be taking place. However, those artists who applied to perform will still be considered for BIGSOUND’s new 2020 initiative, The BIGSOUND50.

Those selected will have the opportunity to take part in a number of special virtual happenings connecting them with some of the world’s most reputable music industry professionals.

The artists will engage in one-on-one sessions with industry mentors, while also participating in online meetings with professionals from all across the music scene. They’ll also have the opportunity to form relationships with relevant delegates that will last well beyond BIGSOUND 2020.

The BIGSOUND50 artists will also get first priority access for BIGSOUND 2021, allowing them the opportunity to perform and participate in next year’s event without having to engage in the regular application process.

The full BIGSOUND program will be announced in late September. Get yourself a free delegate pass here.

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