Mardi Gras and APRA AMCOS supporting the next queer music stars

Tuesday, 13 Oct 2020

Apply for the next LGBTQI+ artist showcase opportunities

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and APRA AMCOS are on the hunt to present Australia’s next generation of queer music artists in the Express Yourself – Queer Discovery showcase series. With a joint goal of fostering emerging queer creatives, the two organisations have joined forces to feature rising music talent across three events in the coming months.

Express Yourself – Queer Discovery will see two emerging LGBTQI+ artists perform at each showcase alongside an established headliner to a room of industry heavyweights and the general public. A panel of guest judges from the LGBTQI+ community and music industry will select two of the emerging artists to perform at a Mardi Gras event in 2021.

Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger said, "Mardi Gras is invested in the development of LGBTQI+ artists. We’re incredibly excited to be teaming up with APRA AMCOS to host the Express Yourself – Queer Discovery showcases and present new queer performers directly to industry leaders. We hope the experience has a lasting impact on the careers of the performers."

APRA AMCOS CEO Dean Ormston said, "Mardi Gras’ reach goes well beyond the Sydney based parade and party, and we’re really thrilled to partner in supporting emerging LGBTQI+ artists. At a time when there is great intolerance in the world we need to lean in and demonstrate the enormous potential of diversity and inclusion in our industry, and the wider community."

If you’re a budding Troye Sivan, can sing with the quiet sincerity of Courtney Barnett or spit rhymes like Miss Blanks - now is your chance to perform alongside an established queer performer to a room of music industry tastemakers, with the opportunity to perform at the largest LGBTQI+ festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

The second and third showcases will be hosted in Sydney on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 January 2021. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for details on the events, including headline performers. 

Please contact Writer Services Representative Matt Cannings with any questions about applying. And if you applied for the first round, you will automatically be considered for the January showcases

Terms and conditions:

  • Applicants must be members of APRA AMCOS and 18 years of age or over
  • If Artist is chosen as a finalist in either Showcase, Artist will be paid a flat fee for their performance (fee TBA)
  • Artist will be responsible for organisation and costs of their own travel & accommodation to the event including any costs incurred if they are required to quarantine, either in NSW or on return to their home state
  • Artist agrees and warrants that all music submitted to the competition is the artist’s own, original work and must not infringe any copyright or other rights of any third party.
  • Artist agrees to engage in any PR opportunities, including media calls, interviews and other similar opportunities reasonably requested by Mardi Gras or APRA AMCOS
  • Artist agrees to their name, image and biography being used for media/marketing purposes
  • Artists agrees to their set potentially being livestreamed/filmed
  • Photos/video footage from the event will be captured and may be used on social media and/or to promote future events - artist agrees to this usage. The rights and ownership of the Artist’s work will remain with the Artist
  • Artist agrees to share the event / their win via their social channels and when referring to the competition, must use the words “Mardi Gras and APRA AMCOS presents Express Yourself – Queer Discovery”
  • Artist agrees all entries are subject to a preliminary judging round before the finalists are selected and perform at the Showcase. The judges’ decision at both the preliminary and Showcase round is final with no exceptions and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Artist agrees that it is entering a competition to win a performance at an event at Mardi Gras 2021, such event to be determined by Mardi Gras in its absolute discretion.
  • Artist agrees to perform at the Showcase and if chosen as a winner, must be available for and perform at the nominated Mardi Gras event (intended to be from 19 February 2021 to 7 March 2021). If Mardi Gras 2021 does not proceed, Artist agrees to publicly perform at the request of Mardi Gras for a 12 month period from the close of the competition
  • Prize cannot be redeemed for cash
  • Applications close 5pm AEDT Wednesday 2 December 2020 and successful applications will be notified by COB Friday 18 December 2020
  • Artist agrees that by submitting an entry into this competition, it agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
  • Previous applicants do not need to apply again and will automatically be considered for the January showcases.
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