MEET THE JUDGES

Brad Hinds

Brad Hinds

Oztix

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.

Brad Hosking

Brad Hosking

Blind Boy Studios

Being a classically trained euphonium and piano player, Brad realised there has never been a ripping euphonium solo on MTV, so he traded it in for a synthesizer, 6 strings, a ProTools rig and a song-writing pad. Brad currently shares his time between touring, lecturing in the Bachelor of Contemporary Music with TAFE QLD and Southern Cross University, running his own songwriting and production facility – Blind Boy Studios on the Gold Coast and spending time with his beautiful young family. Brad remains hopeful that just because there hasn’t been a euphonium solo on MTV, doesn’t mean there won’t be in the near future.

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 independently and with City Over Sand who are currently releasing tracks from their new EP Half Full. 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).

Dom Miller

Dom Miller

QMusic

Dom Miller is Programming Director of QMusic and Co-Programmer of BIGSOUND Festival. He is also one half of management and programmer business, Sunroom, alongside his business partner and BIGSOUND co-programmer, Ruby-Jean McCabe.

Donna Weston

Donna Weston

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Donna Weston is Deputy Director (Learning and Teaching) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) and head of its popular music program. Donna has a long history with popular music and the Gold Coast, having taught in the Bachelor of Popular Music from 2001 – 2020, and led the school for 8 years of that time. She has been a staunch supporter of the Gold Coast Music scene, especially through working to find performance opportunities for students and graduates, many of whom are well known faces in the local and national scenes.

Rachael Edwards

Rachael Edwards

HOTA (Home Of The Arts)

Starting her Career as an audio engineer, Rachael Edwards has always had a love of music. From classical, musicals to Hard rock. She studied Music at the conservatorium of Music in Queensland and then took her career oversees supporting various musicals and bands. Most recently, she has taken the role of Producer-Children’s and Family Entertainment and Music at HOTA and loves being able to support both Local and international musicians in the venue.

Samantha Morris

Samantha Morris

Gold Coast Music Awards (Chairperson)

Sam is co-founder of the Gold Coast Music Awards, Gold Coast Music Network and Blank Street Press but is also an experienced facilitator and communication and engagement specialist. When Sam’s not at a gig supporting local talent she’s putting those skills to use helping communities achieve sustainability goals. As well as being a regular guest on ABC Gold Coast, talking all things local music, Sam is also writing a book about the city’s live music history of the 70s, 80s and 90s. It is due to be published in 2023. https://www.gcmusicnetwork.com.au/who-we-are/samantha-morris/

Emily Holler

Emily Holler

Mojobullet

Emily Holler of Mojobullet has been in the music and events business for more than two decades. Some of her roles include music business mentor, festival director, music supervisor, blogger, marketing specialist, publicist, booking agent, international promoter and record label coordinator, across Sydney, Gold Coast, London and Europe.

Emily has a deep well of knowledge from a lifetime spent immersed in music & business, collaborating with artists and performing as an international DJ and singer. As the Director of Mojobullet, she is driven to support indie artists in honing their craft, developing their brand identity, establishing good business practices, marketing their music effectively and most importantly believing in themselves.

Kirsty Abrahams

Kirsty Abrahams

Konnection Artist Assistance, Gold Coast Music Network

Kirsty is the Music Industry Development Coordinator for the Gold Coast Music Network and Awards. Kirsty has a Master’s degree in International Music Business (MMusBus) from Box Hill Institute and a Bachelor of Popular Music (BPopMus) from Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Kirsty has worked in a variety of roles throughout the local music industry. From booking venues, stage and production management, band management and promotion to counciling and mental health support for music industry workers, her passion for the musician behind the music has given her the zeal to continue throughout the last decade. She has a collaborative dream to see the Gold Coast established as a recognised music city. https://www.gcmusicnetwork.com.au/who-we-are/kirsty-abrahams/

Zac Fahey

Zac Fahey

Blank Street Press & Major Events Gold Coast

Zac Fahey has been living and breathing music for the past 15 years. Starting his career as a musician he eventually gravitated towards the industry, cutting his teeth at the label services company Footstomp Music. Footstomp saw him working on everything from booking venues and managing artists to heading up publicity campaigns for international touring artists. In recent years Zac turned to freelancing, lending his expertise to BLEACH*, BIGSOUND, Gold Coast Film Festival and TAFE QLD as well as writing the monthly new music column for Blank GC. At the formation of Major Events Gold Coast in 2020 Zac was brought on board as the music programmer for the companies owned events including Blues On Broadbeach and Groundwater Country Music Festival.

Ruby-Jean McCabe

Ruby-Jean McCabe

QMusic

After completing a bachelor of Music Business Management at JMC in 2014, Ruby began working at booking & management agency Bluebeard Music. Over her time working at Bluebeard, Ruby was booking agent for The Zoo, Black Bear Lodge, Eat Street Markets, The Milk Factory & Cardigan Bar. Ruby also currently manages guitar-pop trio Bugs, next big thing Hope D and grunge wunderkinds VOIID and is the Co-Programmer of BIGSOUND Festival and GOMA Up Late, with long time collaborator Dom Miller. Ruby also previously worked for national artist booking agency New World Artists as an assistant agent and as the volunteer coordinator for Laneway Brisbane.

Mark Duckworth

Mark Duckworth

Major Events Gold Coast (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.

Lann Levinge

Lann Levinge

Levinge Events Pty Ltd

As a Kombumerri man with a passion for music, language and cultural development, Lann is deeply immersed in the heart of the Coast’s creative arts field. A man with many hats, Lann is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, director and creative designer. He seems to love the chaos and variety that his world offers. From recording and designing in his Northern Gold Coast studio to producing and designing large scale musical performances and audio visual presentations there is plenty to keep Lann occupied in between his 260 plus live performances each year.

He’s instinctively a creative being, a musician, a vocalist and certainly most sort after. Lann’s transition over recent years has seen him moving deeper into first nations structures reaping rewards for his community and gifted a more intimate connection to country to him. “I’m loving the journey and path that I’m on, discovering new ways to help and develop a new generation of language and music warriors, creating awareness of and connecting the Yugambeh Language to everyone through music, dance and visual art.”

Mel De Regt

Mel De Regt

Cult Club

Mels industry journey began in early 2012 booking an array of artists at the much loved Nobby Beach music hub The Cave. 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, programming all the local and touring shows at the venue. She now runs local music agency Cult Club that manages local acts Buttered, Thee End Less and is currently working as the tour manager for Thelma Plum.

Elizabeth Sharpe

Elizabeth Sharpe

Ummagummamumma Photography, Beats Cartel, Little Wing Agency

Elizabeth Sharpe is a Brisbane based Photographer, Publicist, Manager and Booking Agent with an unwavering passion for Australian Music. Liz is the co-creator of the independent music blog Good Call Live, notably run by a team of formidable women.

Under the Ummagummamumma moniker she’s photographed Australian and international artists. Whether it’s in a homegrown venue or a stadium, Liz’s photos are full of passion and authenticity, and she is now engaged by some of the industry’s biggest publications and promoters. Recently the mother of two successfully expanded into artist management, bookings and publicity, joining the long running Little Wing Agency and Beats Cartel.