This month we’re introducing the newest member to the Gold Coast Music Awards team: Jess Hardcastle, Event Producer. Jess applied for a placement with Gold Coast Music Awards through City of Gold Coast’s arts and culture department, beating out many quality applicants to nab the role. We thought we’d get to know her a little better.

What is your connection to the Gold Coast?

I’m one of those rare few that are actually “from” the Gold Coast, I’ve had the privilege of watching the Goldie grow from this random rural town to the urban city it is today. One of my favourite things about our city is that one minute you can be standing on a world class beach, then half an hour later, be in the presence of stunning waterfalls and world heritage rainforests. Everyone sees the Gold Coast in different lights but for me it’s my community and my home.

Tell us a bit about your history with the Gold Coast Music Awards

I remember the first GCMA awards I went to, I was just a plus one tag along with my partner, it was in this brewery warehouse in a Burleigh Heads industrial estate. It was raining so there was all this last-minute scurry to move the awards in doors. I fell in love with the awards, the atmosphere, the people, and I’ve pestered my partner every year since to make sure we are attending.

Why did you apply for this placement?

I applied for this placement because I feel that I’m at a crossroads in my life. I’ve been working in hospitality for over 15 years, and I’m currently due to complete my master’s degree in Interactive Media later in the year. This placement seemed like the perfect opportunity to apply my hospitality experience with my technical skills, and provide me a stepping stone to transition from hospitality into the arts sector. Aside from this, the local music scene has been supporting and entertaining me for as long as I can remember, so this placement felt like a great way to give back to a community that has given me so much over the years.

Natalie O’Driscoll

Gold Coast Music Awards are now open for nomination, with nominations closing midnight Sunday 20 June. The nomination eligibility period is from 1 January 2020 through to 31 March 2021, eight categories are open for self-nomination including: Artist, Breakout Artist, Live Act, Musician, Release, Song, Venue and Video. In addition, the Gold Coast Music Prize will be awarded by the judging panel to a musician nominee under the age of 25 and the People’s Choice Award will be open to all musician award finalists. Visit for more.