Australian and international artists have the rare chance to perform in front of some of the most influential figures in the international music industry by showcasing at BIGSOUND.

Taking place on the nights of Tuesday 5 – Friday 8 September in Brisbane, BIGSOUND Festival is the showcase opportunity that puts artists in front of the local, national and international music industry delegates attending the BIGSOUND Industry Conference.

Now in its sixteenth year, BIGSOUND has grown to become the biggest annual music event of its type in Australia. Run across four days and four nights, you can meet, talk and listen to the brightest lights in the music industry.  When the lights go down, your band could be wowing the industry audience at some of Australia's best live music venues in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

BIGSOUND Festival 2017 will also see the introduction of the Levi’s® Music Prize. The Levi’s® Music Prize is an exciting new initiative that will enable Australian bands and artists to make the most of new opportunities on the way to the next stage of their careers. The total Levi’s® Music Prize is a contribution of $100K annually, divided into $25K grants to fund the careers of four quality artists/acts. One prize is for an artist showcasing at BIGSOUND Festival in 2017, with the other three prizes awarded in the following  yearly quarters to artists who played BIGSOUND between 2013 and 2017. So if you are selected to play BIGSOUND Festival in 2017, then you get a second bite of the cherry if you don't win the Levi’s® Music Prize on your first attempt.

In addition to having access to hundreds of influential music industry figures and becoming eligible for the Levi’s® Music Prize, BIGSOUND Festival showcasing artists are provided with the opportunity for excellent media exposure, with the event being covered by national and international media outlets and reaching an international audience of 24.6 million people. 

Nearly a thousand bands have performed at BIGSOUND over its fifteen year history – it's easy to see why BIGSOUND Festival is the place to be for breaking artists. Previous years’ festivals propelled the careers of Courtney Barnett, Flume, Rufus, Seth Sentry, Gang of Youths, DMA’s, Kingswood, The Temper Trap, Megan Washington, DZ Deathrays, Ball Park Music, San Cisco, Boy & Bear, Tash Sultana, The Jezabels, Middle Kids, A.B. Original and Methyl Ethel - and many, many more. 

Will you be next?

The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 7 May 2017.

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