Sunshine Coast showcases emerging music industry
  • Monday 14 September 2015
Andrea Kirwin on stage at Bigsound

Three local musicians’ careers received a gigantic boost thanks to the exposure they received at last week’s globally recognised Bigsound 2015 music industry conference in Brisbane.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said that the regional showcase was produced thanks to both the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance and Sunshine Coast Council.

“I am constantly amazed by the emerging talent we have right here on our doorstep”, Cr McKay said.

“And it really is no surprise that the Bigsound 2015 feature stage featured three local artists who performed in front of an exclusive and connected music industry audience.

“This level of partnership with Bigsound is priceless and definitely offered our musicians an opportunity for national and international exposure at the highest level.

“It is wonderful to think that these musicians call the Sunshine Coast home and that we, as locals, get to enjoy that talent just by heading to one of the many live music venues in the region on any given night of the week.”

The Creative Alliance’s Phil Smith was rapt with the event in terms of the local performances, event support and direct feedback received from some music industry "heavyweights".

“After a tough application selection process, the result was an amazing showcase at Bigsound featuring the velvety vocals of singer-songstress Andrea Kirwin and band, electronic groove ensemble Dubarray and retro inspired guitar outfit Pop Cult,” Mr Smith said.

Musician Andrea Kirwin praised the efforts of all who contributed to securing the unique regional showcase at such a major music industry event.

“Opportunities like this are rare. As a musician at Bigsound you can make great festival and agent contacts,” Andrea said.

“Sunshine Coast Council is an awesome supporter of music on the Coast and the Creative Alliance is fantastic for our industry. I haven’t seen this level of support anywhere in Australia.”

In addition to the event showcase stage last week, Council and the Creative Alliance hosted five international music industry delegates from Bigsound for three days of post-conference activities on the Sunshine Coast.
Phil Smith said  the Creative Alliance saw this as a great opportunity to show the delegates first-hand how the Sunshine Coast is building a music culture from the ground up.
“We can’t show them a music experience they haven’t already seen a thousand times around the globe! But we did show them how we are nurturing authentic, local talent in a beautiful place and they loved our emerging culture hubs at Nights on Ocean (Street), Moffat Beach and Eumundi,” said Mr Smith.

“With surf lessons, a stand-up paddle board session, a site visit at the world class Heliport Studios and gigs at Solbar, they now have unforgettable memories of the Coast.

“In the near future, when we produce a string of global successes like indie-sensation Courtney Barnett, they’ll be partners in the Coast's success.”