Bigsound is back and its organisers are promising a bigger focus on tech, a tweaked format and a renewed push for inclusiveness.

This year’s conference and showcase programme will run from September 4-7 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, and kicks off with a welcome event that which will place Indigenous music in the spotlight. It’s part of a plan to increase participation and build a “unified music industry community,” according to a statement issued today.

Bigsound is revamping its format to facilitate what its creators dub a “call-in” culture

And as part of this shakeup, Alethea Beetson has been tapped as the inaugural First Nations producer. Beetson, an Aboriginal artist who has worked extensively with Indigenous communities and youth and is the niece of the late rugby league great Artie Beetson, will work alongside the event team to enhance its “cultural appropriateness”.

“We want to use Bigsound this year as an opportunity to create growth not just in the music business and economy, but culturally and socially too,” said Executive Programmer Maggie Collins in the statement. “We will be inviting people from across the community to help us reimagine the future of the music industry and open our eyes to new ways of doing things, including thought-leaders from other fields like sport, entertainment, design, psychology and more.”

Those newly-introduced elements, explains Queensland Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch, will “inspire and enable artists and musicians to take their career to the next level.”