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CANCELLED FOR 2021: Road to BIGSOUND – Studio 188 Bursary Program


We’re devastated to announce that unfortunately due to the cancellation of BIGSOUND 2021, we’ve had to pull the breaks on our Road to BIGSOUND program for 2021.

Here at Studio 188, we’re commited to continuing to deliver programs supporting our local Creative Arts Scene, so please keep an eye on our socials for any future programs we roll out.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Studio 188’s Associate Programmer Kaysei Galea at [email protected].

See below the media release from BIGSOUND:

“In yet another blow to the Australian music industry, COVID-19 has forced BIGSOUND to be cancelled.

Melbourne’s snap lockdown, the extension of Greater Sydney’s lockdown, the growing COVID outbreaks, and increasing restrictions that are in effect across Australia have made it painfully clear that our much-loved conference and new music festival cannot responsibly take to the stage.

Without our music mates in New South Wales and Victoria and no certain timeline as to when domestic borders will remain open, BIGSOUND 2021 wouldn’t be able to deliver on its promise to reunite the music community for three extraordinary days of connection, conversation, and music discovery.

As 2021 marks BIGSOUND’s 20th anniversary, we are committed to coming through the unpredictable and relentless nature of COVID to celebrate this significant milestone with something special later this year, so watch this space for more to be revealed in the coming months.

The BIGSOUND team has begun work immediately on a 2022 event to bring the industry together on the other side of this difficult time, hopefully with international friends and colleagues able to join.”


In our commitment to continuing to foster the growth of the Ipswich Music Community, Studio 188 is excited to announce its new Road to BIGSOUND program in which three (3) emerging Ipswich-based Musicians and/or Music Industry Professionals will be selected to attend the BIGSOUND Music Conference and Festival on 7-9 September 2021 in Brisbane.


Studio 188 is committed to providing performance, skill development and networking opportunities to local music practitioners. The Road to BIGSOUND program is an opportunity to rub shoulders with like-minded music folk, industry professionals and further your musical career.






The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest music industry gathering BIGSOUND is back in Brisbane September 7-9 with three fun-filled days of music discovery, connection and a timely conference program focusing on building a new future for the music industry. By day, attend the BIGSOUND Conference and soak in all of the current industry insights, knowledge and opinions of top-tier industry professionals. By night, check out the BIGSOUND Festival as 150 artists showcase their talent in venues across its spiritual home in the Fortitude Valley.


Prize Details

BIGSOUND Conference Pass – full access pass: conference + festival. Access all areas (18+ only) valid at $459.00 (3 passes in total will be given away).

Recipients are required to source and pay for their own transport, accommodation and meals at BIGSOUND.

Attend a Pre-BIGSOUND workshop at Studio 188 to outline key goals and objectives (6.30 – 8.30 pm Thursday 19 August).

Applicants must be over the age of 18 in order to attend BIGSOUND.

Applicants must be living in the Ipswich Local Government Area in order to be eligible – not sure whether that’s you? Click here for an interactive map

Already purchased a BIGSOUND pass? You can still apply! In the case that you purchase your BIGSOUND pass but your application for Road to BIGSOUND is successful, you can apply for a refund of your monies through BIGSOUND (please note a 10% admin charge will be deducted from the refund amount). In this particular instance, you must notify organisers at BIGSOUND in writing no later than Friday 6 August 2021 that you require a refund.



Any questions, please contact Studio 188 Associate Programmer Kaysei Galea at [email protected].