JUDGES

LOCAL

Alice Fraser

Alice Fraser

Laneway Festival

Alice Fraser works across a diverse range of touring and logistical roles in the music industry. She currently works as the National Artist Liaison for St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, is the Event Coordinator for Fairgrounds Festival, the Artist Liaison at Mountain Sounds and will soon be managing Tkay Maidza’s national tour and Tour Managing Noname for Listen Out festival & her sideshows.

Dan Rankine

Dan Rankine

Funkoars / A.B. Original

Trials aka Dan Rankine is a renowned producer hailing from Adelaide with 2x Double Platinum and 9x Gold records under his belt, along with 3x ARIA Awards and 3 further nominations. A founding member and writer/producer of the ground breaking, multi award winning (Australian Music Prize Album of the year) A.B. ORIGINAL, Trials has proven to be a versatile and incredulous work horse within the Australian music industry for over 15 years.

Motez

Motez

Musician

Motez is an Australian music producer. ‘The Future’ is Motez’ most personal offering to date, receiving global support and amassing over 13 million streams to achieve ARIA Certified Gold single status. Motez has played to thousands at Splendour In The Grass, Beyond The Valley, Holy Ship, EDC, and Electric Forest, fronted main support duties for Disclosure, RÜFÜS DU SOL and Fatboy Slim, and filled clubs all over Australia, North America and Europe.

Ben Martin

Ben Martin

Golden Era Records

Ben Martin is the owner/label manager for Golden Era Records, an Adelaide based Hip Hop label founded by Hilltop Hoods. Golden Era boasts a line-up of some of the best hip hop artists in the country including A.B. Original, The Funkoars, Jesswar, K21 & more. Ben is responsible for the day to day operations of the label as well as marketing, social media, merchandising, and management.

Jade O’Donohue

Jade O’Donohue

Three D Radio

Jade O’Donohue is an Adelaide radio host and DJ with 10+ years’ experience presenting and producing shows on Three D Radio 93.7fm. She is committed to supporting local and Australian musicians and creatives through engaging interviews and airplay. Jade is a member of the Board of the Progressive Music Broadcasting Association which operates Three D, is a peer assessor on the Arts South Australia Contemporary Music grants program, and a judge for the National Live Music Awards.

Sharni Honor

Sharni Honor

Porch Sessions

Sharni Honor is a wildly passionate woman of the industry, creating her own backyard business when she was 20 years old. Now, five years on, the award winning and nationally recognised, The Porch Sessions, continues to grow from strength to strength, selling out shows within hours, touring nationally and running a two thousand capacity festival of international acts of an incredible calibre named Porchland. This is in addition her own back catalogue of industry work across Womadelaide, Adelaide Festival, Music SA and a plethora of national festivals.

Courtney Duka

Courtney Duka

Yewth Mag / 5/4 Entertainment

Courtney is an event manager with Adelaide’s leading music management, booking and events company, Five Four Entertainment, working on the likes of Spin Off Festival and Laneway Festival. As well as co-directing the now deceased music and art publication YEWTH, Courtney formerly held positions in marketing management and event coordination for Fat Controller, Oh Yes Festival, Royal Croquet Club and The Crown & Anchor Hotel.

Jason North

Jason North

Truthinc Records / Heavy SA

Jason North has been heavily Involved with the Heavy Music scene in Adelaide and Australia for 20+ years and has gathered a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the music industry, be it as a member of one of South Australia’s leading metal bands Truth Corroded, co-owner (with Greg Shaw) of Truth Inc Records, Management & Touring and being the organiser of the very successful ‘The New Dead’ and ‘HEAVY SA’ heavy music festivals.

Spoz

Spoz

Spoz’s Rant

Spoz Spozington of Spoz’s Rant. Beer ninja, camera lens with hair, cartoonishly aberrant joint venture between two Japanese corporate logos. Nobody can quite remember who invited him to this party, or accurately decipher his bizarre “semaphore dialect” of flailing limbs and hyperbolent shrieking; but he’s been documenting our scene now for well over a decade, as our frighteningly comprehensive “black box recorder” and defacto zoologist, and we’d be terribly lost without him.

Kelly Menhennett

Kelly Menhennett

Musician

Born and bred amongst vineyards in South Australia’s Riverland region, ex-winemaker Kelly Menhennett has released two independent award winning full length albums, won the national “Telstra Road To Discovery Songwriting Award”, was the inaugural recipient of the Ryan Freeman Award at the 2016 SA Music Awards, won the 2015/16 ARBA Best Roots Album for her album “Small Dreams”, performed on iconic national and international stages and had the opportunity to collaborate and perform with some of the best in the business. Most recently Kelly was invited to travel to the USA where she helped complete some unfinished works by the legendary gospel songwriter, Albert E. Brumley.

NATIONAL

Nick Findlay

Nick Findlay

Director of Music, Triple J

Nick Findlay has been working in radio since he was 16, moving through various community stations with a solid passion for music. After graduating from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 2005, Nick started working in the music library at triple j as a music researcher and in 2009 was appointed the station’s Assistant Music Director. Last year Nick became triple j’s Music Director helping to program, schedule and hunt down new music for the station.

Jess Beston

Jess Beston

Director, Tiny Monster

Jess Beston is Founder/Director of boutique music business “Tiny Monster”, specialising in Artist Management, Artist Development & Indie Radio Servicing. She manages HOLY HOLY and Olympia, works with Alex The Astronaut, Jeffe, Heaps Good Friends and more on the Artist Development/Radio side, and Assistant Manages Neil Finn with Bill Cullen at One Louder.

Rebecca Young

Rebecca Young

Director, Collective Artists

Rebecca Young began her career interning for popular Sydney club night Purple Sneakers, before becoming an agent at booking agency Artist Voice in 2011. The agency was acquired by global giant William Morris Endeavour in 2015 where Young worked as a senior agent. In late 2016, Young launched a new boutique agency, Collective Artists, as part of the Inertia Group. Her current roster includes Aldous Harding, Ali Barter, City Calm Down, D.D Dumbo, Julia Jacklin, Manu Crooks, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Sarah Blasko, Tiny Little Houses and more.

Grant Gillies

Grant Gillies

Publisher, GAGA Music

Grant Gillies is the founder and director of Gaga Music. Gaga is an Australian music company that administers and syncs a wide array of independent music copyrights through a web of like minded partners with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. Grant started Gaga with the ethos of putting Independent music at the forefront of creative opportunities and to always put the artists first. Grant has worked with Australian and International artists such as The Black Keys, Grizzly Bear, Hockey Dad and The Middle East.

Richard Moffat

Richard Moffat

Festival Programmer, Groovin’ The Moo

Melbourne-based Richard Moffat got his first job booking bands in pubs at age 17 and has avoided all real jobs since. Until recently, Rich booked many Melbourne venues including The Corner Hotel, Northcote Social Club, Public Bar and Newtown Social Club (NSW). Richard is currently the booker and programmer for Groovin’ The Moo and has previously booked festivals such as Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, West Coast Blues and Roots, and Parklife.

Emma Donovan

Emma Donovan

Musician

Emma Donovan has an influential career spanning over more than a decade and has been a featured vocalist on over 20 studio albums with Archie Roach, Paul Kelly The Black Arm Band, David Leha (Radical Son), Shane Howard, Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire) Jessie Lloyd and Briggs, and Tim Rogers (You Am I). Emma has recorded 3 studio albums and a number of EP’s ranging from children’s songs and music in traditional aboriginal languages, along with live albums. Emma Donovan and The Putbacks album Dawn was nominated in 2015 for the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA’s), The Age Music Awards 2015 and The Double J Awards 2015.

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