News November 19, 2017

Archie Roach, Tina Arena & Tarantino’s music supervisor Mary Ramos leads first BIGSOUND speaker announcement

Archie Roach, Tina Arena & Tarantino’s music supervisor Mary Ramos leads first BIGSOUND speaker announcement

The first of the speaker lineup for BIGSOUND 2017 was announced this morning, with a stack of industry names from overseas and locally.

In a coup for the conference, there will be keynotes from icons Archie Roach and Tina Arena, with programmer Maggie Collins saying she’s thrilled to have “two Australian icons who have contributed so much to our cultural identity over the past few decades” addressing this year’s attendees.

Possibly the name that will ramp up anticipation levels the most is music supervisor Mary Ramos, who’s worked on some of the most iconic film soundtracks ever through her long-standing creative partnership with Quentin Tarantino, from Pulp Fiction to The Hateful 8.

Alison Wenham from Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) will also deliver a mini-keynote “state of the union” on independent music around the world.

International attendees will include Jane Abernathy (4AD), Peter Berard (Domino), Andrew Jervis (Bandcamp), Stuart Meyer (Sub Pop), Paul Adams (Roc Nation), and Adel Hattem (D Music Marketing). 

Some of the international delegates will join the judging panel for the huge Levi’s Music Prize pool of $100,000 in development funds – for which the deadline for entries has just been extended to May 22. (Apply here if you’re keen.)

As well as the Visual Arts Showcase, there will also be an increased focus on technology and music, with the introduction of the Music Tech Showcase, which will allow innovators and startups focused on musical experiences and engagement to mingle with key industry figures and show off their work. 


Archie Roach (AUS) – Keynote

Tina Arena (AUS) – Keynote

Adel Hattem – D Music Marketing (Brazil)

Alison Wenham – Worldwide Independent Network (UK)

Andrew Jervis – Bandcamp (USA)

Ash Kerley – Girls Rock! (AUS)

Bill Roe – Trouble In Mind Records (USA)

Bob Van Heur – Le Guess Who? Festival / Belmont Bookings (NL)

Eva Trifonas – Ninja Tune (AUS)

Isla Angus – ATC Live (UK)

Ivy Yuen – Magnetic Asia Limited (Hong Kong)

James Clarke – Aeroplane Agency (AUS)

James Moodie – Vevo (UK)

Jane Abernathy – 4AD Records (USA)

Jenn Yacoubian – Goldenvoice (USA)

Lucy Wood – Festival Republic (UK)

Mary Ramos – Saturday Music Inc. (USA)

Mazin Tappuni – Communion Music (UK)

Mel Brown – Impressive PR (UK)

Melissa Woods – Third Side Music (USA)

Mike Ajayi – All My Friends (UK)

Nick Findlay – triple j (AUS)

Paul Adams – New Community Management / Roc Nation (USA)

Peter Berard – Domino Recording Co. Ltd. (USA)

Poppy Reid – Seventh Street Media (AUS)

Rebecca Young – Collective Artists (AUS)

Ric Leichtung – Adhoc (USA)

Roy Amar – Bear Parts Music (AUS)

Stuart Meyer – Sub Pop (USA)

Sullivan Patten – Sullivan (AUS)

Sylvie Piccolotto – Rock City (Argentina)

Zan Rowe – triple j (AUS)

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