Singapore - Contemporary music makers from Australia and Singapore will come together to share knowledge and network in the coming months as part of a series of exchanges resulting from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture signed between both countries in June last year.


Australia is fast becoming one of the biggest music scenes in the world, and Singapore is seeing an increased momentum in her contemporary music scene in recent years. The geographical proximity and numerous collaborations in the areas of defence, security and the economy present an opportunity for strengthening ties on the cultural front.


With the intent to make strategic international connections, the National Arts Council Singapore (NAC) has supported the development of the local contemporary/indie scene with funding of more than $600,000 for tours, recordings and album launches, festivals, concerts and capability development programmes in the past year. Two highlights in this cultural collaboration with Australia include:


Singapore Sound System Party at BIGSOUND 2016

From 7 to 9 September 2016, Australia presents BIGSOUND, an annual platform that brings together musicians, music lovers and industry experts to explore what is next in the world of music through a festival and industry conference. This year, BIGSOUND welcomes three Singapore home-grown artists to its 15th edition in Brisbane. The three acts, electronic duo .gif, singer-songwriter iNCH and instrumental rock band In Each Hand A Cutlass, will share the stage with more than 150 international musicians over the three-day festival.


Left to right: Singapore artists .gif, iNCH and In Each Hand A Cutlass


In addition, the NAC will be working with programming partner LUSH 99.5FM, a Singapore radio station championing art, music and the creative community, to hold the first Singapore Sound System Party at BIGSOUND. Happening on 8 September 2016 at Ric’s Big Backyard, it will feature performances by .gif, In Each Hand A Cutlass, hip-hop rapper THELIONCITYBOY, and an experimental beats, hip-hop, part-improvisation set by Kiat/Intriguant/Vandetta for audio-visual collective, Syndicate. This party is reflective of the city-state’s multi-culturalism, and also provides opportunities for musicians from both countries to make valuable connections and showcase what each has to offer to the rest of the world.


Official Singapore Party at BIGSOUND: Singapore Sound System


The Push x Noise Singapore Exchange

The Push, an Australian non-profit youth music organisation, has partnered Noise Singapore, the largest youth arts platform in the city-state. This partnership has welcomed three up-and-coming Australian acts – multi-genre musician Alice Ivy as well as indie pop/rock musicians Frida and Tali Mahoney – to Singapore for Noise Singapore 2016 Festival Concert held at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay from 26 to 28 August 2016. The first two made their Singapore debut through this exchange and played to full-house crowds.


Left to right: Australian artists Alice Ivy, Frida and Tali Mahoney


The exchange will introduce Singapore artists – singer-songwriter JAWN, electronic musician Linying and indie rock band Stopgap – to Australian audiences. These young talents will head to Melbourne this November to perform at the Face The Music Conference during Melbourne Music Week, one of the largest music festivals in Australia that draws fans from all over the country. They will also showcase their original music at the Queenscliff Music Festival from the 25 to 27 November 2016.


Left to right: Singaporean artists JAWN, Linying and Stopgap


For the full list of bios of the musicians, please see Annex A.