The winners of Brisbane City Council’s 2022 The QUBE Effect have been announced, helping set up five of Brisbane’s must-watch up and coming artists for success in the music industry.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the popular The QUBE Effect program was a launching pad for artists, allowing them to work closely with mentors to develop their skills and hone their live stage performances.
“From indie-pop and surf rock to folk, hip hop and electronic, five winners were chosen from a group of 23 finalists who all represent Brisbane’s diverse music scene and the incredible talent our city is famous for,” Cr Schrinner said.
“From more than 3000 votes for the popular People’s Choice Award, surf rockers Flag Duty have come out on top.
“Electronic-pop artist Laius stood out with their Innovation Award win for writing, recording, producing and mixing all their tracks, and Andy Martin has taken home the Lord Mayor’s Live Event Award.
“Bridget O’Shannessy won the QUBE Development Award and Flamingo Blonde stood out, winning the Original Song Award.”
As part of the six-month program, all finalists have participated in a music bootcamp alongside industry mentors.
Finalists have been mentored by some of Queensland’s most influential music industry experts including, John Collins and Ian Haug from Powderfinger, Triple J on rotation artist and The QUBE Effect alumni, Hope D, and former Big Day Out National Event Coordinator and Australian Women in Music Awards winner, Sahara Herald.
Ben Hobart, lead vocals and guitarist from People’s Choice Award winners Flag Duty, said The QUBE Effect is a fantastic initiative for supporting local artists.
“Through the program, we’ve been able to connect with fellow artists and industry professionals alike, and in doing so have gained valuable insights,” he said.
“Over the next 12 months, we are hoping to expand our audience and play some shows outside of Brisbane, as well as get our name on some festival line-ups.”
Cr Schrinner said nominations will open soon for the 2023 program, which will be the ninth year of the program.
“Getting that big break in the music industry is tough and The QUBE Effect provides money-can’t-buy prizes and festival performance opportunities, which make a huge impact on the trajectory of an emerging artist’s career,” he said.
Artists can apply for the 2023 program from 1 August 2022 and I’m looking forward to seeing the next cohort of talent make the most of this unique opportunity.”
Applications close Monday 12 September 2022. To apply, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search “The QUBE Effect”.
The QUBE Effect 2022 Winners:
Awarded to the song that shows the most originality, creativity and innovative composition.
Prize: BOSE S1 Pro Speaker & $500 JB HI FI Voucher.
QUBE Development Award
WINNER: Bridget O’Shannessy
Awarded to support the act that has shown commitment, originality and great potential in their artistic pursuits.
Prize: Bose S1 Pro Speaker, PR Session with Founder and Director of Scrabble PR, Gabe Cramb, management advice session with Ruby Jean McCabe & Dom Miller from Sunroom Group.
Original Song Award
WINNER: Flamingo Blonde
Awarded to the song that shows excellence in the craft of song writing an original composition.
Prize: BOSE S1Pro Speaker, $500 JB Hi FI Speaker, Recording studio session with Airlock Studios.
Lord Mayors Live Event Award
Winner: Andy Martin
Awarded to the group or individual that displays originality, creativity and potential to further develop their on-stage presence.
Prize: BOSE S1 Pro Speaker, Paid Performance at Valley Fiesta, $2500 cash prize from ASM Global, Consultancy session with Gadens Lawyers (in kind value $2500), consultancy session with BDO accountants (in kind value $2500).
People’s Choice Award
Winner: Flag Duty
Awarded to the song that receives the most public votes for their original music video.
Prize: BOSE S1 Pro Speaker, Outland Denim – Fashion Pack valued at $1000, Professional photoshoot with Markus Ravik.
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