Sunshine Coast musicians’ chance to make a big sound
  • Thursday 30 August 2012

Thirteen local musicians will connect with the best in the music industry at the BIGSOUND Music Industry Conference in Brisbane from 12 to 14 September, thanks to Sunshine Coast Council.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the lucky participants are recipients of council’s AMPED initiative which supports young Sunshine Coast solo artists and bands in promoting their music and getting it heard.

"The program works with emerging artists, aged 15 to 30, to guide them in exploring and refining their music interests and goals," said Cr McKay.

"Through workshops, mentoring and premium showcase events such as BIGSOUND, these young musicians learn about the music industry and how to make the most of their talent.

"BIGSOUND has a reputation as the best and most relevant music industry event in Australia.

"Each of the young musicians will have the opportunity to meet with national and international music industry representatives to talk about their work and pitch their music to potential record labels, management, music directors and booking agents.

"One local band, The Roshambos, have been selected by BIGSOUND to perform at an invite only music industry showcase.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for a local band that has an eclectic vintage sound and has been steadily building a following over the past 12 months including performances at the Caloundra Music Festival."

Other Sunshine Coast bands and musicians attending the BIGSOUND conference include singer/songwriter Andrea Kirwin, Hip Hop producer Declan Holt, David Dean from Hostile Entertainment, Pete Townson from Eleven PM Studios, music writer Tom Waterman and bands The Secret Whisper, Kids Cryptic, Drawcard, The Ninjas and Pro Vita.

The AMPED music program is a partnership between Sunshine Coast Council and Arts Queensland, which aims to build the capacity of local musicians and bands and broker showcasing and employment opportunities for the local music industry. For further information on AMPED visit council’s website or call customer contact on (07) 5475 7272