Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bigsound & Australia Talks

Radio National's recent broadcast of BigSound, the Queensland music conference, is available online here - it was presented on the Australia Talks radio show last week.

It is an interesting program worth a listen and available for free download. In particular new business models including fans directly sponsoring artists and the use of streaming instead of downloads are discussed.

The show starts with the proposition that this is the best time ever to be a new artist with the speakers going on to consider direct connections to fans as one of the best changes to take place in the last 15 years. The difficulties in getting heard given the cacophony of songs that are around is also considered with the clustering of fans through social networks and synching with other forms of media as ways to get through to new audiences.

The Big Sound website is available here and states that the next conference will be held from August 31st to September 2nd 2011.

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