BIGSOUND is the largest music industry conference and marketplace in Australia. With more than 1,300 delegates in attendance every year, BIGSOUND is a global gathering of musicians, industry, brands, media and music lovers. The conference programme features distinguished speakers from the international music industry discussing current industry trends and issues, while the 4-night festival showcases new, emerging acts to music buyers and tastemakers.


NAC will be presenting a third edition of the official Singapore showcase at BIGSOUND 2019 (3 – 6 September 2019), with the aim of helping Singaporean musicians strengthen their networks in Australia. This year, the artists/bands selected for the showcase will also have the chance to perform an additional show in either Sydney or Melbourne.


Applications to be a part of the Hear65 Singapore showcase at BIGSOUND 2019 are now open. Interested artists should have new material planned for release in the period leading up to BIGSOUND, and also have plans to develop an audience base in Australia in the next one to two years. The lead applicant/artist and at least half the team should be Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents (PR). Applications will be assessed by NAC, a panel of industry experts from Singapore and Australia, as well as the BIGSOUND programming team.


NAC support for selected artists

NAC will provide funding for airfare, accommodations, and artist visas for the showcase for the duration of the tour. NAC will also cover the costs of mounting the showcases at BIGSOUND and the additional stop in Sydney/Melbourne, including backline. All other costs such as ground transport, insurance, and living expenses are to be covered by the artists.


Each showcasing act will be given one complimentary delegate pass for the BIGSOUND conference. NAC has also secured a discounted rate of A$470 (original price is A$670) for each additional pass that the selected acts may choose to purchase.


What happens if I am selected?

The selected music acts are expected to commit fully to the showcases at BIGSOUND and the additional show in Sydney or Melbourne. They are expected to prioritise activities related to the tour, including press and marketing activations, networking meetings, and briefings. To facilitate marketing for the Hear65 Singapore showcase at BIGSOUND 2019, there may be photo, video and social media requests in the lead-up to BIGSOUND (June to September 2019). 


Each music act will be required to submit a post-trip report within two months of completing this project. The report should include an assessment of the value of this BIGSOUND showcase for their market development plans, a list of international connections made, as well as any potential collaborative projects or partnerships that may arise from those connections.


How to Apply

Register your interest using the application form downloadable from this page, and email your completed form to by 10 May 2019 (indicate “BIGSOUND 2019” in the subject title).


In your application, please include your artist/band profile, links to your music and videos of your live performances, audience analytics (streaming and social media), and indicate your plans to release new music in the period leading up to BIGSOUND.


We expect to complete the selection process by June 2019. Results will be announced as soon as they are ready.


Click here to download the application form.


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