MEET THE JUDGES
Brad started his career in the music industry in 2003 by slinging tour posters around the Gold Coast in exchange for tickets at his favourite local music space. This led to opportunities to work with several well-known local music venues managing the marketing and publicity as well assisting with content and band bookings. In his current role leading the business development team at national ticketing services provider, Oztix, Brad engages daily with venues, promoters and event managers across Australia.
Brad also works behind the scenes to create the growing Best Night Ever shindig each December.
Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium (GCMA Chairperson)
Donna Weston is head of the Bachelor of Popular Music on the Gold Coast campus of the Queensland Conservatorium, 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.
Broadbeach Alliance (GCMA Deputy Chair)
Mark Duckworth grew up on the Gold Coast playing in bands and booking music venues. For the past six years Mark has been Festival Director for the award-winning Blues on Broadbeach and Groundwater Country Music Festivals, booking local, national and world-class acts that contribute to the international reputation of Gold Coast as a music destination. ‘Duck’ has a reputation as a lover of DIY music and has an exceptional ear for music of all genres. He has helped shape many artists careers and keeps a hand in producing records for locally based acts.
Ryan Van Gennip
Ryan Van Gennip has been working in the music industry wearing many hats over the past 20 or so years. Founding co-director of Australian Music Week (AMW), fulfilling the position of marketing manager and production manager for the event. Ryan is a founding director in the music business Rhythm Section (RSM). RSM has been operating since 2010 and specialises in tour bookings, PR and Marketing services. Before establishing his alter ego as a music business digital nomad, Ryan also has had an extensive career as a studio and touring musician. Performing nationally and internationally with a plethora of artists in the pop, rock, blues and roots genres.
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.
Julia started her career by helping mates in bands and becoming an industry all-rounder at Footstomp Music, working with artists such as Shihad, Thelma Plum, Busby Marou and Melbourne Ska Orchestra.
From 2015 to 2019, Julia was producing for two of the Gold Coast’s leading arts organisations – Bleached Arts (the organisers behind Bleach*, The Gold Coast Festival) and The Farm, the internationally renowned contemporary dance company. She has programmed music line-ups for Bleach* Festival & Bleached Arts since 2017 and contributed to the music program of Festival 2018, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Arts and Culture Program. Julia has most recently taken up a role as Producer at Queensland Performing Arts Centre but still considers herself a Gold Coaster.
91.7 ABC Gold Coast
After tossing away life as a solicitor to chip away at a book about AFL club the Gold Coast Suns, Webber became the go-to guy for all things AFL on ABC Gold Coast’s Breakfast program. One thing led to another and now he presents Drive on 91.7 ABC Gold Coast.
Curious Minds and DJ
Trina Massey is an arts worker with a diverse range of expertise across the contemporary music industry. Initially starting her career as a venue booker, Trina diversified into artist management, event management and founding indie label ‘Smack Face Records. In 2015 Trina took on the role of Queensland Music Awards producer for QMusic, a fruitful relationship, Trina eventually became the Program Manager for the organisation (2017, 2018). Working across all key projects of the organisation including Industry Connect, BIGSOUND, Little BIGSOUND and QMAS, Trina specialized in strategy and delivery of high quality projects. She is the current producer of Curious Music – working with both the Powerhouse and Tourism Queensland to deliver a new a multi staged community event. An avid vinyl collector, Trina can be most weekends, playing tunes across Brisbane under her DJ alias DJ BLACK AMEX.
Musician and 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 independently and with City Over Sand who released their latest record Good Grief in late 2016. Dan’s latest track Into Tomorrow was released in November 2018. 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 2020.
Musician and Artist Mananger
Gold Coast artist Kirsty Abrahams has been passionately celebrating local and emerging artists since 2014. Currently studying a Masters of International Music Business, 2016 Kirsty founded and established Konnection Artist Assistance connecting a variety of industry streams together. With over twenty years of personal performance experience in a variety of settings, Kirsty has developed an expert knowledge in artist booking, management, event organization, promotion and stage management.
Miami Marketta and Cult Club
Mel kick started her industry journey booking an array of artists at the much loved Nobby Beach music hub The Cave in 2012. She was then invited to the emerging Miami space, Rabbit and Cocoon, to oversee the Arts Creative Market at Miami Marketta – and as the Miami creative precinct evolved, Mel then moved into the Music Director role at Miami Marketta which currently sees her programming all the local and touring shows at the venue. Music management came calling in 2017 and she launched an artist management agency called Cult Club, overseeing the musical adventures for local act Thee End Less and Byron Band collective, Sunrose.