Transforming lives and communities through music
Queensland Music Festival (QMF) is a state-wide celebration of musical excellence with an international reputation and an unparalleled geographic reach.
The best of local, national and international talent bring every conceivable style of music to Queenslanders from all walks of life, in Brisbane and in regional and remote centres from the Torres Strait to the Gold Coast. Since 1999 the Festival has engaged audiences of more than a million people through projects in 82 regions across the State.
QMF has redefined the traditional festival model to engage deeply with communities over time, igniting artistic potential and leaving a lasting legacy. In collaboration with councils and communities, QMF inspires participation in music-making and performances that reflect local culture and tell local stories.
The Festival has received national recognition for recent projects involving large-scale engagement and community participation. These include the World’s Biggest Orchestra in Brisbane, Boomtown in Gladstone, Behind The Cane in Bowen, Ailan Kores on Thursday Island, the Cape York Instrumental Project in Aurukun, Hopevale and Coen, Heart of an Open Country in Tambo and the establishment of the Yarrabah Band Festival and revival of the Yarrabah Brass Band in Far North Queensland.
At QMF, we seek to deepen and broaden our partner relationships for the benefit of all of our stakeholders. Our vision is to transform lives through unforgettable musical experiences. Partnering with QMF presents an opportunity to support this extraordinary vision, inspiring communities and creating lasting impacts across the State.
Keys to the City – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
Under This Sky, Logan
Keys to the City – Sunnybank, Brisbane
Keys to the City – Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane
Opera at Jimbour, Jimbour
JMI Up Late with James Morrison, Brisbane
Keys to the City, Brisbane
Keys on the Green, Brisbane
Keys to the City – Brisbane Airport & Central Station, Brisbane
Emma Pask & John Morrison Trio Flying Tour, Boonah
Fatai at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
Keys to the City at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane
Mount Isa Celebrates, Mount Isa
Cooper & Hammond: Classics, Gypsy and Jazz Flying Tour, Palm Island
Since 1999 QMF has worked in 82 locations across Queensland and as the largest music festival by land mass in the world, we offer our partners choice, flexibility and access to a wide range of key target audiences.
The Festival delivers spectacular community engagement projects of the highest standard. With a stated approach to create projects with communities, for communities and by communities, we invest the time needed to engage with people in remote areas and build a strong foundation of trust, skills and communication. The elements combined powerfully to achieve musical excellence, cultural significance and community impact.
Our feedback and evaluation attests that alongside a continually growing national profile, the Festival is achieving significant outcomes for audiences, communities and stakeholders across the State.
Excellence & Accessibility
The scope of our projects reflects the sheer size of Queensland. Achieving accessibility and excellence in equal measure is demanding, exciting and challenging and is realised through using worlds-best musicians and teaching artists wherever the Festival operates.
Partnerships are central to realising the aspirations of communities throughout Queensland. QMF and our partners share a collective vision to make a difference to the quality of life in Queensland.
Queensland Music Festival is a unique state-wide festival and forms a major part of the festival calendar of Queensland.
QMF presents new musical works inspired by Queensland’s heritage and partnerships and developed in collaboration with communities across the state. the partnerships provide the platform for exciting commissioning opportunities and innovative programs.
QMF is managed under the board of trustees by an executive director with the program devised under the direction of the artistic director with the undertaking to present a biennial state wide festival with associated legacy development initiatives.
Our mission statement is to produce and promote a biennial festival that achieves both international excellence and accessibility for Queenslanders from all walks of life.
Our vision is to transform lives through unforgettable musical experiences.
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NB: The above financial information is available online from 2012 onwards. Previous statements are only accessible in hard copy by contacting Queensland Music Festival.
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