Katrina Hughes, 10th September 2019

Last week was a big week at BIGSOUND in Brisbane for community broadcasting!

Community radio was everywhere during the Australia music industry’s biggest week on the calendar. Once again, CBAA's Amrap held its annual listening sessions, with community radio music directors from 3RRR, 3PBS, 2SER, SYN, 4ZZZ and Edge Radio taking in the sounds of around 30 up and coming Australian artists and offering invaluable feedback and advice.

Amrap Manager, Andrew Khedoori, also took part in BIGSOUND’s radio hook-ups, with several mini-sessions charting the various pathways of the radio landscape for keen artists looking to get their career kickstarted.

Andrew talked to artists about community radio’s place in Australian music, how to navigate the network and the importance of finding a community of broadcasters who are passionate in helping new Australian music find an audience. We were in good company, alongside people from the BBC, Triple J and Double J!

In the same week, 4ZZZ and Amrap presented the first Sounds Like Community Radio – a special afternoon celebrating community radio and its support for Australian music. With live performances broadcast through 4ZZZ from Emily Wurrramara, Laura Imbruglia, McKisko, Huntly, DRMNGNOW, The Goon SaxTralala Blip and Gordon Koang, the station was open for all to come and see as well as party!


Pictured above: CBAA's Andrew Khedoori with Melbourne-based musician Laura Imbruglia.

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On Tuesday September 3 2019, Brisbane’s 4ZZZ and the CBAA’s Amrap (Australian Music Radio Airplay Project) will present  a live broadcast featuring some of the most exciting artists working in Australian music today, hosted by the people who bring them to your ears each week.


The CBAA was able to facilitate opportunities for musicians, representatives and delegates to establish closer connections with community radio.


The Amrap team are heading to Brisbane next week for the annual BIGSOUND music conference and festival. Community radio Music Directors from key metro stations will also be making the trip to take part in Amrap facilitated one-on-one listening sessions with artists and a panel on promoting music to community radio.