Stella Donnelly wins inaugural Levi’s Music Prize at BIGSOUND 2017
After three incredible nights of music, Perth singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly has been crowned as the inaugural winner of the Levi’s Music Prize during the closing day of BIGSOUND Festival 2017 in Brisbane.
The panel of 10 international music industry buyers unanimously awarded the singer the $25,000 prize; the first of a three-year commitment from Levi’s.
Donnelly is the first of four winners to be announced. Three more rounds of prizes, each worth $25,000, will be awarded throughout the year to BIGSOUND alumni.
“BIGSOUND has been an incredible experience,” says Donnelly.
“There have been so many brilliant artists playing every night and just to be apart of this musical community has blown my mind. To be chosen as the Levi’s Music Prize winner is an absolute shock, surprise and honour.”
Donnelly released her debut EP Thrush Metal earlier this year in April, and is working on its follow-up.
The Levi’s Music Prize is the biggest annual prize pool in Australian music history and aims to capitalise on the initial success that Australian artists have already achieved for themselves and keep that momentum going.
BIGSOUND has seen inspirational keynote speeches from Tina Arena, Archie Roach, Sadie Dupuis, Kenny Gates and Alison Wenham, as well as industry workshops confronting issues such as mental health, gender equity, Australian content and more.
The event featured half-hour sets from over 150 of Australia’s hottest new music artists, and smashed its previous attendance record with over 6,000 people across the three nights and has been praised as the best BIGSOUND ever.
“We not only congratulate the Inaugural Levi’s Music Prize winner Stella Donnelly,” said QMusic Executive Officer Joel Edmondson, “but also all the BIGSOUND artists that have achieved recording deals, publishing deals, show offers and other outcomes from their BIGSOUND experience.”