Launching with two fascinating keynotes and a plethora of talent-spotting executives from across the music industry, this year’s BIGSOUND music industry event will see live bookers, labels, publishers and more discuss their experience within the industry.

In his first major music industry appearance since leaving federal parliament, former Federal Arts Minister, activist and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett will deliver a keynote address outlining his thoughts on the direction of the current industry, talking public policy and reflection on his revered music career.

Delivering his first Australian speech after his recent keynotes at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and established Princeton University, rapper and activist Brother Ali will be discussing his unique experience in the music industry. Focusing on his own life as an albino child of white Muslim parents in mid-western America, his contemporary take on hip-hop will give an insight into the culture and the destination it’s heading towards.

On top of this, BIGSOUND 2015 also welcomes a host of A&R talent including RCA Records’ Senior Director of A&R Tunji Balogun (Kendrick Lamar, Diddy, OneRepublic), Harvest/Universal’s General Manager Jacqueline Sutton (TV On the Radio, Morrissey, Kasabian, Death Grips), Goldenvoice/Coachella’s senior VP of talent buying Lesley Olenik Golindo, A&R of Beggars Music Publishing Amy Morgan (Glass Animals, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo), A&R for Nettwerk Music Group Rachel Cragg (Father John Misty, Stereophonics, Boy & Bear) and of course, many more.

Over the last decade, BIGSOUND has been the breeding ground for some of the biggest Australian acts, with national and international industry and punters converging on Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to scout the next big thing. BIGSOUND alumni includes Courtney Barnett, Flume, Seth Sentry, Sheppard, The Jezabels, The Naked and Famous, The Temper TrapBall Park Music, Jungle Giants, Boy & Bear, Kingswood, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Megan Washington, with nearly a thousand bands playing over the fourteen year history.

BIGSOUND 2015 INDUSTRY SPEAKERS/BUYERS

Peter Garrett – Keynote (AUS)
Brother Ali – Keynote (USA)
Ashanti Abdullah – Rhymesayers Entertainment (USA)
Alex Maxwell – Troubadour (USA)
Amy Morgan – Beggars Publishing / Glass Animals (UK)
Avery McTaggart – The Windish Agency (USA)
Ben Munro – Hostess (JPN)
Ben O’Connor – Chapter Music (AUS)
Eric Barleen – Another Planet Entertainment (USA)
Guy Blackman – Chapter Music (AUS)
Jacob Daneman – Pitch Perfect PR (USA)
Jacqueline Saturn – Harvest Records (USA)
Josh Moore – Bowery Presents (USA)
Julia Wilson – Rice is Nice (AUS)
Justin Sweeting – WME / Clockenflap (HK)
Laura Snapes – Freelance Writer (UK)
Lesley Olenik Golindo – Goldenvoice (USA)
Lio Kanine – Kanine Records (USA)
Lorrae McKenna – Remote Control Records (AUS)
Marshall Betts – The Windish Agency (USA)
Meg Helsel – Grandstand Media (USA)
Melissa Yong – Other Sounds / Village Sounds (SGP)
Meredith Fraser – Panache Booking (USA)
Paul Buck – Coda Agency (UK)
Phil Waldorf – Secretly Group (USA)
Rachel Cragg – Nettwerk Music Group (USA)
Robin McNicol – Superfly (USA)
Sat Bisla – A&R Worldwide (USA)
Talya Elitzer – Capitol Music Group (USA)
Tunji Balogun – RCA Records (USA)

To apply to play at BIGSOUND 2015, purchase early bird tickets or accommodation please visit www.bigsound.org.au