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QMAs launch new Emerging Artist Of The Year Award

+ $24,000 Songwriting Prize  

The 2020 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs), produced by QMusic and taking place on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at The Fortitude Music Hall, has unveiled an exciting new Major Award category with the Emerging Artist Of The Year Award.

Open to all early-career Queensland musicians, entries are open now and close midnight, Thursday 24 October 2019.

The Emerging Artist Of The Year Award will recognise the valuable contributions made by Queensland’s newest musicians. Artists with up to five years professional songwriting experience and with a modest body of artistic work will be automatically eligible for the Major Award on submission to a self-nominating category. 

The winner of the Emerging Artist of the Year will receive a Noisegate Producer Package valued at $2905.

They will also receive a one-on-one session with a leading booking agent, manager and publicist as well as a QMusic one-on-one session and an invitation to attend the 2020 Amplify Songwriting Retreat. (Ts&Cs)

“QMusic has introduced the Emerging Artist of the Year Award to showcase our commitment to supporting and developing emerging artists in our local music industry,” said QMusic CEO and QMAs Executive Producer Angela Samut.

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"We support the careers of artists at every stage in their careers and with this new Emerging Award, we endeavour to identify new and exciting talent in Queensland and to be able to work with them in putting in place career pathways to help them achieve success."

Angela Samut
QMusic CEO and QMAs Executive Producer

“As well as the winner, QMusic will be reaching out to the five runners up for the Emerging Artist of the Year Award and place them in a QMusic Ones to Watch and Listen initiative providing them with opportunities as well as highlighting their work through our QMusic playlists and video storytelling.”

“We’re extremely excited to partner with QMusic and the QMAs to celebrate the best artists from across Queensland,” said Jack Ball, Hit105 Content Director/Head of Content Hit Queensland.

“The Hit Network reaches more than 1million Queenslanders across the state and we can’t wait to hear and support the next wave of Queensland artists to take on the world.”

The Song Of The Year promotional prize, provided by the event’s media partners The Music and Hit Network will be returning for its third year and increase to $24,000 in 2020 providing in kind media support to the recipient.

Brisbane-based singer songwriter Clea took home this year’s Pop Award and Song of the Year Award with her song Dreaming and received a plaque on the Fortitude Valley’s Walk of Fame.

QMusic is also thrilled to announce the QMAs judging panel will be the event’s largest panel of music and media professionals in its nine-year history when the former QSong Awards became the QMAs. Queensland musicians will have their music heard by key operators within the Australian and international music marketplace.

New judges joining the QMA’s and hailing from international waters include A&R Consultant/Manager Hosh Gureli (US) who has worked in the music industry for 25+ years, holding track credits with artists such as Swedish House Mafia. Sub Pop Records Publicist and A&R, Bekah Zietz-Flynn (USA) also joins the judging panel.

Queensland-based judges include writer and producer Kon Kersting (Tones And I, Mallrat, Tia Gostelow) and Splendour In The Grass/Falls Festival Managing Director Elise Huntley who’s coming up on 30 years in the music industry.

Further judges include prominent music industry executives, festival programmers, booking agents, A&R, radio personalities and tastemakers representing an outstanding breadth and depth of experience.

The eighth annual QMAs will take place at The Fortitude Music Hall on Tuesday 3 March 2020. Tickets will be available for purchase early next year with an early bird offer to all QMusic members.

Songwriters (and filmmakers) across Queensland are encouraged to enter their songs in the Queensland Music Awards and Billy Thorpe Scholarship by midnight Thursday 24 October via the QMAs website

2020 Queensland Music Award Judges include:

More judges to be confirmed.

Bekah Zietz-Flynn (USA), Publicist & A&R Sub Pop

Alicia Sbrugnera, As Head of Music Culture & Editorial for Spotify ANZ

Sahara Herald, Tour Director / Frontier Touring Company 

Hosh Gureli, A&R Consultant / Manager Primary Wave (Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Swedish House Mafia, Audien)

Brett Murrihy, WME Head Of Asia Pacific For Music

Evan Davis, Managing Director of Talent Secret Sounds

Elise Huntley, Managing Director / Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival

Konstantin Kersting, Producer (Tones And I, The Jungle Giants, Mallrat)

Alethea Beetson, First Nations Producer of BIGSOUND / Artistic Director of Digi Youth Arts 

Matty Newton, Senior Curator / Label Relationships Manager Amazon

Meg Williams, Director Inertia Label Group

Craig Hawker, Head of A&R / Creative Sony ATV (Thelma Plum, Empire of The Sun, Hermitude, Styalz Fuego, Angus & Julia Stone)

John Mullen, Head of A&R and Executive Producer of Dew Process (Mumford & Sons, Mallrat, Tkay Maidza)

Julia Davis, Founder & CEO New World Artists

Mark Myers, The Middle East / Producer (Emma Louise, Greta Stanley)

Joc Curran, Co-promoter Laneway Festival / Founder The Zoo / Founder The Hidden Lanes Festival 

Justin Katerberg, Owner Vitalic Noise (Hermitude, Miami Horror, Bag Raiders, Goldroom)

Coulter Reynolds, Artists Manager Reynolds Management (Sir Sly)

Rachael Dixon, Manager at Secret Sounds Group (Powderfinger, Bernard Fanning, The Grates, Sahara Beck)

Uda Widananpathirana, Publicist Inertia Music / Programmer Dark Mofo

Sasha Chifura, Foreign Echo (Tkay Maizda, Tobiahs, UV Boi)

Adam Booth, Calibre Management / A&R Sony ATV (360, Chillinit, Adrian Eagle)

JC (John Collins), Artist (Powderfinger) / The Triffid / Fortitude Valley Music Hall

Brie Jorgensen, Artists Manager Look Out Kid / Barely Dressed Records (Courtney Barnett, Sarah Blasko, Seeker Lover Keeper)

Heather O’Brien, A&R Manager of EMI Music Australia (Troy Sivan, The Avalanches, Alison Wonderland)

Andrew Stone, Artists Manager Chugg Entertainment (Sheppard, Lime Cordiale)

Mark Gibbons, Head Programmer The Fortitude Music Hall / The Triffid / The Outpost

Ally Cole, A&R Manager Island Records

Adam Kreeft (CAN), Agent The Feldman Agency (Last Dinosaurs, Dune Rats, CERES)

Yasmin Vought, Producer/Programmer of Rage ABC

Tim Price, Director Collision Course / The Faction

Lauren Baxter, The Music Brisbane Editor

Maya Janeska, Project Manager, Artists Services & Development Believe Digital

Kaylah Tyson, Artist (Kaylah Truth)

Martine Cotton, Music Industry Inside Out

John Willsteed, Artist (Go Betweens) / QUT Senior Lecturer 

Sam Wald, Agent WME

Thomas Granger, Head of Artists Management Audiopaxx (LDRU, Elk Road, Pacific Avenue)

Rachael Johnston, Video Artist / Creative Director (Angus & Julian Stone, Vera Blue, Bernard Fanning)

Lynette Irwin, Director of Absolute Events

Andrew Tuttle, Manager – National Engagement APRA AMCOS

Christina Thiers, A&R Manager Warner Music (Gang of Youths, I Know Leopard, These New South Whales)

Amy Ciancio, Akacia (Alex Lustig, Enschway, Jackal, DNMO, Cabu)

Tom Inglis, Owner HSF Artists Services

Shelley Liu, Booking Agent Vita Artists (Milan Ring, CLYPSO, Dro Carey)

Jane Slingo, Director Electronic Music Conference / Artists Manager (Set Mo, Sampology)

Johnno Keetles, National PR & Media Manager Universal Music

Brett Wood, Music Industry College Principal

David Ohayon, Yunizon Records France

Marly Luske, Alchemix Studio Owner & Producer

Christian Pillot, Hot Sunday Records / Colour Castle

Joe Nemer, Tour Coordinator at Illusive

Simon Wright, Director Learning and Public Engagement GOMA

Trad Nathan, Director Crowbar

Tyler McLaughlin, Artists Manager (Bobby Alu) / The Sound Pound 

Luke Byatt, Futuremag Music / Streaming Manager TMRW Music Group

Claire Morrissey, State Promotions Manager Sony Music 

Rob Carrol, Good Intent PR / Manager (Astral People, A.GIRL, Bootleg Rascal)

Dan Condon, Double J

Gavin Boyd, Label Owner Soul Has No Tempo (Jordan Rakei, Sampology)

Sarah Hamilton, Client Manager Ditto Music

Sean Vandenberg, Head Creative Director of Entertainment Foxtel

Angela Kohler, A&R Sony Music

Siobhan Kranz, Head of Partnerships and Campaign Strategy Mushroom Group

Harry Young, A&R Manager Dew Process

Jordanne Chant, Dinosaur City Records

Ali Tomoana, Co-founder/Director Soul Has No Tempo 

Joe Alexander, Bedroom Sucks

Thomas Parer, Founder of Shandy

Dan Rennie, 989FM

Joey McGahey, Owner Hysteria Media

Dom Miller, Agent New World Artists

Alex Rozynski, Associate Producer QPAC

Fred Leone, CEO of Impossible Odds

Casey O’Shaughnessy, Senior Agent Select Music 

Katie Rynne, Senior Agent Village Sounds 

Fiona Priddey, Publicist Inertia Music

Sullivan Patten, Next Wave Festival / Dark Mofo / UXS

Rachel Maria Cox, Manager Sad Grrrls Club / Artist Rachel Maria Cox

Brodie Popple, Agent New World Artists 

Caitlin Crawley, Publicist Habit (Gang of Youths, Middle Kids,The Strokes)

Megan Rowland, Team Leader Creative Development, Creative Arts at Sunshine Coast Council

2020 QMA Self-Nominating Categories:

Schools (grades 6 - 12), Pop, Rock, Heavy, Singer Songwriter / Folk, Blues / Roots, Country, Hip-Hop / Rap, Electronic / Dance, Jazz / Intercultural, Indigenous, Regional, Remote, Video (for filmmakers only)

Major Awards 

Emerging Artist Of The Year (NEW), Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Billy Thorpe Scholarship, Export Achievement Award, Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award

People’s Choice Awards 

Metro Venue of The YearRegional Venue of The YearFestival of The Year 


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