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BIGSOUND 2020 Goes Virtual, Bringing The Speakers We Needed This Year

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

Attention anyone remotely involved, interested, or looking to dip any sort of toe into the pool of the music community!

BIGSOUND has announced they are here to save the day with an entirely virtual and entirely free conference jam packed with industry heavyweights. Set to be held on the 21-22 October, this event is the 19th of its kind, though the first that occurs entirely online and without a musical showcase.

Though the full program won’t be unveiled until the tail end of September along with the second announcement, there is already a prestigious assortment of keynote speakers and ‘in-conversation’ guests set to address.

Tom Morello (of Rage against the Machine, Audioslave, Prophets Of Rage and the Nightwatchman fame) will be presenting an undoubtedly buoyant speech as headlining keynote speaker. The prominent activist and musician, who speaks with the conviction and eloquence of a devout preacher on a solemn day, is the exact medicine needed to allay the dire symptoms that have befallen the arts community this year.

Creative Director of BIGSOUND, Janne Scott is just the first to be excited by her conference headliner, “Very few artists radiate and live their purpose the way that Tom Morello does, his power, conviction and guitar shredding sound is like no other. This keynote is a personal dream of mine and an absolute privilege for BIGSOUND to present, delivered at a time when we could all use a little Morello magic.”

Other keynote speakers include everyone's favourite Byron Bay busker Tones and I, Grammy nominated American singer and rapper Mumu Fresh, renowned tour and production manager Howard Freeman, Johnann Ponniah of the I OH YOU record label and a double act from indigenous legends, arts virtuoso Rhonda Roberts and rapper Ziggy Ramo.

Hosting some of the more intimate "in-conversation" sessions is ARIA award winning Amy Shark and Indigenous singer-songer, the eternal Kev Carmody. And, if you weren’t entirely sold yet, BIGSOUND have organised Nat’s What I Reckon to zoom in to present an exclusive cooking tutorial– it's the very definition of dinner and a show.

Talk topics will vary from mental health stigma, the healing power of music, possible futures for the industry, spotlighting the presence of First Nations people in the arts and general advice on how to deal with this particular hand the world has dealt us.

BIGSOUND has always been an essential platform for artists to network and connect authentically with each other up and this year, that support and positivity is needed more than ever, to re-navigate and traverse an industry (and world) that is in danger of unravelling at the seams.

“Never have these things be more important. Never has BIGSOUND been more important” Angela Samut, CEO of QMusic.

In lieu of their two-day festival of musical showcase, BIGSOUND has announced they will instead be providing a platform for emerging Australian talents in the form of the BIGSOUND50 feature. The 50 up and coming musicians will be announced along with the rest of the program lineup later this month, the winner receiving mass coverage across all BIGSOUND online media outlets and playlists, meetings with career mentors and industry professionals and opportunities to connect with key delegates to kickstart their careers and growth.

Visit the BIGSOUND website to register for your free delegates pass.



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