MEET THE JUDGES

Cindy Jensen

Cindy Jensen

Buskers by the Creek

Cindy Jensen, has a diverse employment background from graphic design and small business ownership, to marketing, communications and event management. A holiday to Thailand in 2013 re-ignited Cindy’s entrepreneurial flame and inspired her current creative venture, Buskers by the Creek festival. Buskers by the Creek features over 300 performers secured on its’ 2017 line-up, the multi award winning event is now being celebrated as Australia’s largest busking festival.

Donna Weston

Donna Weston

Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium (GCMA Chairperson)

Donna Weston is head of the Bachelor of Popular Music, at the Queensland Conservatorium’s on the Gold Coast campus of Griffith University, a proud sponsor of the GCMA.  As a lecturer in popular music, she has expertise in popular music history, scenes and industry, as well as being a dedicated fan of new music.  As head of school, Donna has been a passionate advocate for emerging artists and the development of a local scene for graduating students to launch themselves into.  The innovative SEED project, which gives current students music industry experience and exposure while they are studying is a key outcome of the Conservatorium’s commitment to helping build a thriving local industry.

Julia Bridger

Julia Bridger

Bleach* Festival

After completing a double degree at the University of Queensland while helping mates in bands, Julia spent the following five years becoming an industry all-rounder at Footstomp Music, handling publicity, event, tour and project management, A&R, grants, office administration, strategy and multi-tasking.
A sea change to the Gold Coast has seen Julia take on producing roles with two of the city’s leading arts organisations – Bleached Arts (the organisers behind the Gold Coast’s signature annual multi-arts festival, Bleach* Festival) and, The Farm, the internationally renowned contemporary dance company.

Mark Duckworth

Mark Duckworth

Broadbeach Alliance

Bio coming soon…

Dan Carroll

Dan Carroll

City of Gold Coast

Dan Carroll has been writing songs and performing in bands on the Gold Coast for over 20 years. Dan continues to create music with City Over Sand who released their latest record Good Grief in late 2016. A great supporter and advocate for the local scene, Dan has worked for the City of Gold Coast since 2010. In that time Dan has delivered contemporary music initiatives and coordinated the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). Dan lives in the burbs with his wife and two kids and will release new music in 2018.

Gina Martin

Gina Martin

Music Photographer

Gina is a music appreciator, who was exposed to the wide world of melody at a young age. With a family that’s involved in bands and recording companies it was inevitable that Gina’s palate would be refined by a broad array of music. As a photographer and punter Gina has attended most Australian music festivals and an endless spectrum of gigs, however she is supportive of up and comers and believes in nurturing the growth of music.

Matt Webber

Matt Webber

ABC Gold Coast

Bio coming soon…

Ryan Van Gennip

Ryan Van Gennip

Australian Music Week

Ryan Van Gennip has been working in the music industry wearing many hats over the past 20 or so years. Ryan is currently co-director of Australian Music Week (AMW), as well as fulfilling the position of marketing manager and production manager. Ryan is also a founding director in the music business Rhythm Section (RSM). RSM has been operating for 5 years and specialises in tour bookings, PR and Marketing services as well as operating as an international tour promoting. Ryan has also had an extensive career as a studio and touring musician. Performing nationally and internationally with artists such as iOTA, Joanne Shaw Taylor (UK), Chase The Sun, Marshall Okell, Charlton Hill, and Claude Hay to name a few.