BIGSOUND 2010 announces Gudinski keynote - MusicNSW

Manager, promoter, label exec and one of the biggest influencers on the Australian music industry, Michael Gudinski, has just been announced to deliver a keynote address at Big Sound 2010 this September.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Gudinski has played a key role in the careers of some of Australia’s biggest artists and is now Chair of The Mushroom Group of companies – an empire including record labels alongside publishing and touring interests.

This year will be Gudinski’s first speaking engagement at BIGSOUND – the longest-running annual event of its type in the country. Taking place from September 8 to 10 the event features three days of conferences, workshops and public showcase gigs.

The announcement comes as BIGSOUND unveils the first batch of artist set to play the BIGSOUND Live showcase program.

With more than 50 acts still to be announced, BIGSOUND can reveal Children Collide, Boy & Bear, The Vasco Era, Last Dinosaurs, and The John Steel Singers will all be taking the stage as part of this unique public event held across two nights and more than six venues across Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.


Joining Michael Gudinski this September is a new batch of national and international speakers heading to BIGSOUND, Leading off the next group is Brian Ritchie – founding member of seminal American band Violent Femmes. Ritchie relocated to Australia in 2006 and is curator of Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art – Festival of Music and Art (MONA FOMA). He also recently formed The Break – a modern Australian surf band with three members of Midnight Oil.

Also heading to Brisbane will be Joel Carriere from award winning Canadian label Dine Alone Records and Bedlam Music Management, Senior A&R Manager for Sony Music in Australia Courtney Hard, and Tak Furuichi – A&R with one of Japan’s largest indie labels JVC Victor Entertainment.

The new names add to the already impressive list of BIGSOUND speakers announced earlier this month including influential US music writer Michael Azerrad keynote speaker and industry icon John O’Donnell, legendary artist Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus) and Morgan Lebus – A&R Manager for the US office of Domino Records and Domino Publishing Company.

And yet more speakers will be announced over the coming months…


Discounted “Special Rate” BIGSOUND passes are on sale now.The passes offer delegates full access to all conference sessions, workshops, networking events and entry to the BIGSOUND showcase concerts featuring more than 50 acts spread across Fortitude Valley.

Those keen to secure their spot at BIGSOUND better be quick with the “Special Rate” offer closing June 30.
Full ticketing and registration details online now at

BIGSOUND, an initiative of peak industry body Q Music, is supported by major partner Trade
and Investment Queensland, the Queensland Government’s global business agency.


Michael Azerrad – author / journalist (USA)
John O’Donnell – Odfellows Publishing / Cold Chisel management (AU)
Michael Gudinski – Chairman,The Mushroom Group of Companies (AU)
Dave Faulkner – Hoodoo Gurus (AU)
Brian Ritchie – artist (USA/AU)
Rae Harvey – Crucial Music (AU)
Peter Jesperson – New West Records (USA)
Morgan Lebus – Domino Recordings & Publishing (USA)
Tom Windish – The Windish Agency (USA)
Andy McGrath – ATO (USA)
Johnny Beach – Bowery Presents (USA)
Tim Levinson – Urthboy / The Herd / Elefant Traks (AU)
Chloe Walsh – Press Here Publicity (USA)
Joel Carriere – Dine Alone Records / Bedlam Music Management (CAN)
Courtney Hard – Senior A&R Manager Sony Music (AU)
Tak Furuichi – JVC Victor Entertainment (JAP)


Children Collide
Boy & Bear
The Vasco Era
Last Dinosaurs
The John Steel Singers