Bring on BIGSOUND!

Friday, 26 Aug 2016

Brisbane turns into a musical playground for a few days every September for music conference and festival BIGSOUND. It takes place 7-9 September this year, and there are oodles of opportunities to be inspired and learn from amazing songwriters and music industry pros.

We’ll be there, and if you will be too, there are a few sessions you won’t want to miss - we’ve highlighted our top picks below.

If you can’t make it to the conference, never fear – it’s usually not too hard to play along at home by following #BIGSOUND16 on social media. And if you're in Sydney, we’ve got BIGSOUND speaker and top US immigration lawyer Andrea Szew coming in to shed some light on the complicated world of American visas and tax. It’s free for members who RSVP and we’ll be filming the session to share at a later date. Andrea has already given us some info on US visas for those thinking about touring or relocating. 

You can also hang tight until videos of the panels are available online after the conference. Check out some of the BIGSOUND 2015 sessions in the meantime.

BIGSOUND panel picks

Australia. The World. The Future.
Wednesday 7 Sep 11.20am

Our Head of Member Services, Dean Ormston and Sounds Australia Executive Producer Millie Millgate will be there for one. It’s also a great way to kick off BIGSOUND by starting out with a big picture view of the industry before you delve into the nitty gritty.

ABC Radio National’s host of Big Ideas Paul Barclay will facilitate the discussion which will explore art, culture, economy, and technology as it relates to Australian musical culture. Tame Impala’s manager Jodie Regan and Unified’s Nick Yates will provide incredible insight into global impacts while Merlin’s Charles Caldas is an expert on digital trends.

Listen to last year’s BIGSOUND session hosted by Paul Barclay to get an idea of what you’re in for.

Co-Writes, Collaborations and Ghostwriting
Wednesday 7 Sep 11.20am

Some of your favourite songs are no doubt the result of writers and producers getting together to create musical magic. Featuring APRA AMCOS songwriter and publisher members and international A&R reps, this is a chance to look at songwriting and collaboration in a new light. Attend for a shot of inspiration along with insight into the world of publishing.

Revisit our 2015 interview with producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Morrissey, Talking Heads) for his tips on collaborating with confidence and creativity.

SONGHUBS: In Conversation
Wednesday 7 Sep 3.35pm

SongHubs is an APRA AMCOS initiative that partners Australian songwriters with international music makers to create new works. For BIGSOUND, Berlin-based Australian producer Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, Go-Betweens, PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth) has curated a SongHubs writing camp where exceptional talents Sarah Blasko, John Castle (Megan Washington, Vance Joy, Bertie Blackman) and Wayne Connolly (You Am I, Underground Lovers, Paul Dempsey) will work alongside eight APRA AMCOS members to create new songs over three days.

At this session, you’ll hear about the process of writing a song a day and gain insight into how these musical superstars collaborate.

Super Visionary Supervision
Thursday 8 Sep 11.20am

Ever wondered how and why songs get chosen to be featured in ads? This is your chance to find out when two of the USA’s top music supervisors, Marcy Bulkeley (Wild Card AV) and Jackie Shuman (Good Ear Music Supervision) discuss their work with local supervisor extraordinaire Jen Taunton.

Read an interview with Jackie Shuman about how to pick the perfect songs for advertising.

Keynote: A.B. Original
Thursday 8 Sep 2pm

APRA AMCOS Ambassador Briggs is one half of A.B. Original with award-winning producer Trials (Drapht, Illy, Hilltop Hoods, The Funkoars). Outspoken, socially conscious and not afraid to tell it like it is, this hip hop power duo will be interviewed by former triple j host and Frenzal Rhomb member Lindsay McDougall. With A.B. Original set to release their debut album Reclaim Australia later this year, these are two voices you need to hear.


The Future Of Your Music On Community Radio
Thursday 8 Sep 2pm

Community radio is your friend. Learn how Australian artists like APRA AMCOS member Emily Wurramurra are finding new audiences and opportunities by getting their music to stations around the country.

Read our interview with Emily and find out about the opportunities available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members to service their music to radio here.

The Value of Sync and Artist Placement
Thursday 8 Sep 3.35pm

Getting your music used in ads, TV and films can be a game changer, but there are no clear cut rules about the financial worth of music. This dream team line-up of local and international industry from businesses like Secretly Canadian Publishing, Big Deal Music and The Royalty Network, Inc will help you understand how value is attributed to songs and brands and let you peek behind the curtain of the publishing and sync world.

We have 5 tickets to BIGSOUND Festival to giveaway! Check out the full line up of acts and and email with your Top 3. Get your entry in by 5pm  AEST Thursday 1 September. 

See below for Terms and Conditions. Please note the prizes are Festival passes only (8-12pm Wed/Thu) and do not include the conference.

1. You must be a member of APRA AMCOS.
2. The most creative entries will be selected from email entries received by 5pm AEST 1 September 2016.
3. The prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.
4. Directors, management and employees of APRA AMCOS are not eligible to enter this promotion. Whilst employees of APRA AMCOS may not enter, the immediate family of employees are eligible to enter.
5. The promotion commences at 11am AEST 31 August 2016 & closes at 5pm AEST on 1 September 2016.
6. Winners will be notified by email.
7. Prize values are correct at time of issue but no responsibility is accepted for any variation in the value of any prizes.
8. APRA AMCOS is not liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered, including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss, or for personal injury suffered or sustained during the course of accepting or using the prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
9. Any tax liability arising as a result of accepting any prize is the responsibility of the winner.
10. The judging panel's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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