The southern hemisphere’s biggest music industry event BIGSOUND announces first speaker lineup

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The southern hemisphere’s biggest music industry event BIGSOUND announces first speaker lineup

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Roc Nation, Netflix, Paramount, Soundcloud, Interscope and more are heading to BIGSOUND 2023.

Returning for its 22nd year, the southern hemisphere’s biggest music industry gathering and Australia’s longest-running and most influential music market BIGSOUND has officially unveiled their first round of speakers and buyers with an absolute trove of heavy hitters and industry leaders set to land in Brisbane from 5 – 8 September.

Coming off the back of being named in Time Magazine’s ‘world’s greatest places’ list, the annual event will once again return to Brisbane’s one-of-a-kind Fortitude Valley music precinct, and will bring together the world’s music decision-makers for four days of music discovery and important discussions around the development of art and commerce in one of the world’s largest music markets.

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Artist applications for BIGSOUND 2023 are now open

Welcoming tastemakers from across the globe including media, A&R, agents, promoters, music supervisors, buyers and so much more, the first announcement is a sign of big things to come for the event, locking in the likes of Roc Nation, Netflix, Paramount, Soundcloud, Interscope and more, signifying a major win for the dedicated music showcase and conference.

This will see the likes of American music industry juggernaut Omar Grant (Co-President of JAY-Z’s ROC Nation and A&R genius behind Rhianna’s globally acclaimed eighth album ANTI); Michele Ronzon, A&R Coordinator for Interscope / Geffen / A&M Records; Hazel Savage, the Australian-born London-based visionary behind music AI company Musiio and now VP of Music Intelligence at Soundcloud; CEO of one of the biggest TikTok agencies in the world, Ash Stahl (Flighthouse) and royalties technology expert and co-founder of The Orchard, JKBX’s Scott Cohen all join the festival.

“Australia is at an exciting place right now musically and I can’t wait to head down under to discover some great new artists,” said ROC Nation Records co-president Omar Grant.

“Some of the most innovative artistry in the world comes from Australia and in an industry that’s often so caught up online these days, getting in a room with passionate music people and discovering real talent performing live is a true privilege.”

BIGSOUND will also feature the likes of Netflix’s Manager, Soundtracks, Strategy & Operations Andy Kalyvas; Paramount Television Studios’ vice president of music Vanessa Palmer; and Downtown Music Publishing’s director of sync and A&R, Cabrea Casey.

The initial announcement is just the first in what is expected to be over 100 international and national buyers, agents, music supervisors, bookers and industry decision makers.

Artist applications opened earlier this year and are closing on Tuesday, 2 May. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the biggest music event in the southern hemisphere.

Earlybird delegate passes are on sale Wednesday, 26 April. Head here for more.