Music industry conference BIGSOUND has released the full program for its virtual event, in addition to the artists included in its BIGSOUND50.
The BIGSOUND50 is a selection of emerging Australian artists, who will receive coverage across BIGSOUND platforms, mentoring, online meetings and other opportunities over the coming year. The initiative was announced earlier this month as an alternative to the usual artist showcases that take place at BIGSOUND.
“It was a massive undertaking to narrow down all of the incredible applications to 50, but we have managed to pick a group of talented and inspiring artists that we know will all become household names,” BIGSOUND co-programmer Ruby-Jean McCabe said in a statement.
“We’ve discovered some of our new favourite artists through this process, and we can’t wait to showcase what’s next for The BIGSOUND50.”
Outside of the BIGSOUND 50, the conference program will bring together industry leaders from Australia, the US, UK, Canada, Europe and Asia. Topics included through the program include recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of online music events, making music from your bedroom, Indigenous quotas across radio and festivals, and performative allyship and real reparations in the music industry. New artists joining the program include Mo’Ju, Ecca Vandal and Kira Puru.
“From The BIGSOUND50 to the conference conversations, First Nations voices are prevalent across the entire event as we hold valued perspectives on re-futuring the music industry,” said First Nations programmer Alethea Beetson.
“Working alongside the festival programmers to curate The BIGSOUND50 list has led to an even stronger representation of Indigenous artists than ever before at BIGSOUND. This is supported by a First Nations program and a number of decolonial conversations within the wider conference schedule offering solutions to the issues faced by the music industry in 2020.”
BIGSOUND had previously announced keynote speaking events from Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Tones And I, and Ziggy Ramo, among others. Registration and the full program is available on BIGSOUND’s website.
The BIGSOUND 50 is:
Bow and Arrow
Death By Denim
L-FRESH The LION
Lydia Fairhall and The She Oaks
Middle Name Dance Band
No Money Enterprise
Southeast Desert Metal
The Yorke Band
We Set Signals