QMusic Searching For New BIGSOUND Conference Programmer

19 June 2024 | 11:04 am | Mary Varvaris

Tom Larkin will depart as Conference Programmer after this year's BIGSOUND.

Georgia Maq at BIGSOUND 2023

Georgia Maq at BIGSOUND 2023 (Credit: Cat Sorensen)

QMusic is on the hunt for the next Conference Programmer who can take the reins at BIGSOUND 2025.

After five years in the role, Tom Larkin will depart after this year’s music and conference event. Applications are now open – you can find out more about the job here.

“It’s been an incredible opportunity to serve the music community over the last five years and continue the astonishing legacy of previous programmers like Maggie Collins, Nick O’Byrne and many more, who built this event from its initial showcase into the most prolific music conference in the southern hemisphere,” Larkin commented in a press release.

While Larkin will miss the experiences the job brought, he’s enthusiastic about seeing who will take the mantle in 2025.

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Larkin continued, “Building upon work that began over 23 years ago can seem like a daunting task, but it is an amazing job, and the support for you to succeed from the industry both locally and globally is enormous.

“I know there is someone out there who shares the same level of insight, passion and commitment to take BIGSOUND forward and onto even greater levels of impact and significance. Whilst I will miss this season of my career dearly, I cannot wait to experience how the conference grows under the stewardship of the next programmer from 2025 and beyond.”

QMusic CEO Kris Stewart said of the expectations of the role, “BIGSOUND is such a unique event because as a not-for-profit, dedicated music event, the priority is to place the Australian music industry onto a global platform.

“The BIGSOUND Conference Programmer is key to this. We’re searching for someone with not just a vast knowledge of the global music industry but who is also driven, dedicated, and able to observe BIGSOUND from a variety of angles to curate an impactful conference program.”

Last month, it was announced that international music star Kelis would be a keynote speaker at this year’s BIGSOUND, joining Amy Taylor (frontwoman of trailblazing Aussie punk band Amyl & The Sniffers), Casper Mills (4AD), Dev Sherlock (SXSW), Korda Marshall (Mushroom Group), Naomie Abergel (Sound.xyz) and Roxane Dumoulin (ATC Live), among others.