Exclusive: Youth Focused Little BIGSOUND Announced

12 June 2012 | 4:00 pm | Scott Fitzsimons

The BIGSOUND spin-off is aimed at 14-25 year olds.

Little BIGSOUND is happening again this year, with the BIGSOUND showcase and conference spin-off focusing on music industry hopefuls between the age of 14 and 25.

QMusic have teamed up with Youth Music Industries for the event, which will take place the day after the main event on Saturday 15 September and has announced a first round of speakers.

The first announcement includes:

Jeremy Neale (Velociraptor)
Ian Haug (Powderfinger, Airlock Studios)
Stephen Wade (Select Music)
BJ Hemmling (Cherry Red)
Tom Larkin (Calling All Cars)
Stefan Emslie (Art Of Sleeping)
Chris O'Neill (APRA)
Sean Foran (JMC)
Darren Sanicki (lawyer)
Sam Hales (Jungle Giants)
Maggie Collins (triple j)

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They will be providing educational sessions as well as networking opportunities, which are essential to for the basis of a career in the industry.

QMusic's Executive Officer Denise Foley said, "Little BIGSOUND is an essential part of the BIGSOUND program, giving tomorrow's leaders a doorway in to what is a dynamic and ever-changing industry."

Youth Music Industries' Director of Little BIGSOUND Gonzalo Rodino added, "With the music world's focus on Brisbane, it's the perfect time to bring young people like us up close and personal with the identities behind the bands they hear on the radio.

"Little BIGSOUND gives Queensland youth a unique insight behind the closed doors and perhaps the first taste of what could become a fulfilling career in music."

The day runs from 9.30am to 6.30pm in the Judith Wright Centre and will feature live performances from to-be-announced acts. Details on tickets available from bigsound.org.au.