The Brisbane-based conference has announced that this year’s event will focus on ‘three pillars of community, survival and re-futuring’, aiming to deliver a conference custom-built for the changes the music industry has faced in 2020. 
 
In an effort to replace the physical showcases that form a key portion of the conference, BIGSOUND organisers QMusic have revealed a new initiative called BIGSOUND 50, which sees programmers curate 50 of the best artist applications to present the best emerging artists from 2020. 
 
These artists will receive industry mentoring, online workshops and networking opportunities during and after BIGSOUND to assist with their career growth, as well as first priority applications for next year’s event. 
 
“BIGSOUND has always been about bringing our business and arts community together and while we were hopeful of being in our spiritual home in the Fortitude Valley live music precinct, 2020 has made other arrangements,” Angela Samut, CEO of QMusic, said today.
 
“It has never been more important for the Australian industry to come together to focus on survival and re-futuring with a program that offers a mainstream conference program, professional development and mental health activities as well as the introduction of The BIGSOUND 50.”
 
BIGSOUND have also announced their intentions to feature First Nations House alongside Spotify to offer a dedicated platform for First Nations artists and professionals to discuss the future of the industry and offer virtual networking and performance opportunities. 
 
If you’ve already purchased a BIGSOUND ticket, you can receive a full refund via their website now. 
 
BIGSOUND goes down online from Wednesday October 21 to Thursday October 22. Head to the BIGSOUND website for more event and application details.