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30 Under 30 Awards March 3, 2022

Take a squiz at these TMN 30 Under 30 hopefuls

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Take a squiz at these TMN 30 Under 30 hopefuls

There’s just 10 days left for the industry’s best and brightest to get their entries in for this year’s TMN 30 Under 30 Awards.

Entries open until 11:59pm (AEDT) on March 13.

The awards offer future industry leaders the chance to showcase their achievements and propel their careers forward. We want to find the industry’s fresh voices who have a clear vision for the future and the challenges the sector faces in the decade ahead.

As the deadline looms, here’s your chance to see what some hopefuls are saying about the future of the industry they love.

If this gets you fired up, or you believe you are one of the music biz’s brightest young stars, then visit the Take 2 Media awards platform and start your submission. You can start it now, and finish it later. It’s free to submit your entry.

The national awards program is supported by AIM, APRA AMCOS, MTV, Sony Music Australia, Universal Music Australia, and Warner Music Australia.


Harry Hayes, marketing manager, Serenade (28)

What are the biggest challenges facing the music industry, according to Harry?

“COVID is the biggest current challenge. It’s slowing down the entire ecosystem which has knock-on effects and huge negative ramifications for all parts of the industry.

“On the flip side, the technological advancements are hugely exciting, but equally as challenging.

“The industry is inherently very nostalgic and sometimes unwilling to move quickly enough to capitalise on macro trends and opportunities.

“There’s also a diversity problem that needs constant addressing and fixing – diversity is nothing but a strength for all organisations but unfortunately can slip under the radar.”


Kate Lawrence, product manager, UNIFIED Music Group (26)

What are the biggest challenges facing the music industry, according to Kate?

“I think that artists and professionals entering the music industry are faced with an uphill battle when it comes to education around the business side of music. Artists still find themselves signing agreements or entering into relationships that do more harm than good for their careers, and at times this is through no fault of their own.

“I think that more can be done as an industry to provide support to people who want to make sure they’re not being ripped off, and as a business, our first priority should be giving our artists the tools they need to succeed.

“Working with artists who have a ‘DIY’ attitude and want to learn as much as possible has been incredibly inspiring for me – it’s given me an opportunity to help educate artists, but it’s also pushed me to learn more about different areas of the business. I hope that I can leave my mark on the music industry through inspiring people to learn more about the world around them, and in turn, will make better decisions in their musical careers.”


Claire Tate, marketing and audience manager, Virgin Music Australia (26)

What are the biggest challenges facing the music industry, according to Claire?

“It’s been a wild couple of years, and it’s safe to say that the industry is facing its fair share of problems.

“COVID has had a huge impact on the industry. It’s good to see states easing restrictions, and live shows coming back to their former glory. However, we need to be mindful of the toll that the pandemic has taken on everyone who works in the music industry. As we go back to ‘normal’, we need to be aware that everyone takes their own time to readjust. We need to look out for each other.

“We need to do more when it comes to diversity and inclusion, and make sure our industry reflects the multicultural, multifaceted society we have in Australia. The music industry needs to be a safe space for everyone. While steps are being taken in the right direction, more needs to be done.”



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