Queensland Music Festival: New Director Katie Noonan Wants to Empower Musicians

Named by no less than the Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk, singer-songwriter Katie Noonan takes over the reins for the Queensland Music Festival (QMF), succeeding jazz musician James Morrison.

In a Facebook post, the songstress, who performed with bands george, Elixir, her own band The Captains, and even her own mother, Maggie Noonan, expressed her excitement about working as the youngest ever artistic director for the festival.

A Queensland native, the Premier believed that Katie Noonan would be able to bring the festival to the pomp and glory that the state envisions it to have. Indeed, the musician is already buzzing with ideas for the festival. In an interview with the Brisbane Times, Noonan shared her plans which involve empowering both the rising generation of musicians, as well as catering to the older generation. She shares that she’ll attempt to “address all demographics,” but admits that her focus will be to emphasize the younger set.

To quote Katie Noonan:

“I feel like there is really exciting music being made by the generation below me. There is this generation of new musicians coming through, I want to shine a light on them, empower them and mentor them to do bigger things.”

Speaking of the audience, she has this to say:

“I believe that everybody who can talk can sing. I’m looking forward to us all singing together—on the stage, in the audience, in the car, in the shower, wherever!”

Expressing her delight at being appointed, Katie Noonan posted no less than three tweets about the announcement of becoming the QMF’s artistic director. In one tweet, the delight was so palpable, the exclamation marks could not contain it:

“Yay!!! So honored and excited about my new job!!!”

She has also posted the QMF’s press release on her own website.

Katie Noonan has won the ARIA Awards four times and has hit platinum in album sales seven times. With her talent, experience, and fresh but timeless look at music, she’s certain to bring the Queensland Music Festival the pomp and splendour that it deserves.

The QMF is happening in 2017, with the first festival happening in the winter. It seems like Katie Noonan has a very busy 2016 ahead of her, as her job actually starts today.

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