Brisbane’s Big Sound music conference gets bigger
Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 7:02 pm
Brisbane’s Big Sound Music Summit attracted its biggest crowd ever this month, making it one of the most influential and fastest-growing industry events in the southern hemisphere.
Held over three days and across six venues in Fortitude Valley, Big Sound sold out its conference component and drew impressive crowds to its music showcase.
Big Sound executive programmer Stephen Green says the 2009 conference increased in capacity by more than 30 per cent on previous years.
“The growth of Big Sound has paralleled the growth of the Valley as a vital live music hub,” Mr Green says.
“Brisbane is now recognised around the globe as one of the world’s most exciting music cities, and having the international industry here for this event only helps lift its reputation.”
As well as showcasing up-and-coming local talent, the event aims to give local artists and industry professionals the rare chance to meet and discuss industry topics such as new technology and the viability of the festival circuit.
In a statement, Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Anna Bligh says encouraging events like Big Sound as part of the ‘Press Play’ government initiative provides musicians with the early support they need to establish successful careers.
“Helping performers showcase and perform across Australia is an integral component of Press Play – Arts Queensland’s strategy to support Queensland’s contemporary music industry,” she says.
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