30 Under 30 Awards March 1, 2021

Entries for 2021’s TMN 30 Under 30 Awards are officially open

Entries for 2021’s TMN 30 Under 30 Awards are officially open

The hunt to unearth Australia’s youngest and brightest minds in the music business has officially begun today, with entries for the 2021 TMN 30 Under 30 Awards now open.

The awards will champion those who can demonstrate a genuine contribution to the music industry via their current employer or, if self-employed, their business.

Those who have recently lost their jobs, or changed industries due to the pandemic and economic conditions, are still eligible and encouraged to enter this year.

To enter, 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 until 11:59pm AEST on April 5.

Then, from April 6 – for the late-comers and stragglers – there is a one-off entry fee of $49 until entries officially close at 11:59pm AEST on April 18, 2021.

The national awards program is supported by APRA AMCOS, MTV, Radio Today, Sony Music Australia, TikTok and Universal Music Australia, and offers future industry leaders the chance to showcase their achievements and propel their careers forward.

Above all, TMN is searching for fresh voices with a clear vision for the future of the music industry and the challenges it faces in the decade ahead.


TMN 30 Under 30 Awards | Dates

Early Entries open (free): March 1, 2021
Early entries close: April 5 2021 at 11:59pm AEST
Late entries open ($49 + GST): April 6, 2021
Late entries close: April 18, 2021 at 11:59pm AEST
Judging period: April 19 to May 7 2021
Shortlisted entrants announced: May 12, 2021
Readers’ Choice Poll opens: May 12, 2021
Readers’ Choice Poll closes: May 18 ,2021
Winning entrants announced: May 20, 2021
Readers’ Choice announced: May 21, 2021


To be eligible, you must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen living and working in Australia, and you must be under the age of 30 as of midnight on May 20, 2021 (i.e you must have been born after May 21 1991, to be eligible).

The awards will again include a Readers’ Choice Award, which will be selected by TMN’s readers from the shortlisted applications.

Previous winners and shortlisted entrants from the Class of 2020 are welcome to enter again.

To read the full Eligibility Criteria, Entry Criteria and this year’s Judging Process, please register for your free account on the Take 2 Media awards platform.

Winners will be selected from an all-star judging panel comprised of a mix of peers and those from in and around the value chain, to make sure the final decisions are informed and considered from all relevant sides of the industry.

All judges will be announced on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

SUBMIT YOUR 30 UNDER 30 ENTRY HERE


TMN 30 Under 30 Awards | Sponsors

Dean Ormston, APRA AMCOS chief executive: “As an organisation invested in the next generation of music creators, we’re excited to support the innovative leaders of the future who contribute immensely to our members’ careers.”

Catherine Zaharias, director of pay brands, ViacomCBS Australia & New Zealand: “MTV is invested in creating platforms that give the next generation of innovators and industry leaders the opportunity to shine. We are absolutely thrilled to be back on board again this year to support TMN’s 30 Under 30 initiative.”

Denis Handlin AO, chairman and CEO, Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand: “Sony Music is once again thrilled to support TMN’s 30 Under 30 Awards. There is a tremendous amount of young people in our industry across all fields who are so passionate and committed to advancing it forward. This is a wonderful initiative to provide so many with the opportunity to showcase their talent and what our industry has to offer.”

Ollie Wards, director of music, TikTok Australia & NZ: “The Australian music industry is once again proving to be resilient, adaptive and immensely important. Music provides connection, relief and joy even in strange times. Young people throughout the industry make that possible, so at TikTok, we’re proud to help recognize the inspiring and diverse young people making the Australian music industry play loud into the future.”

George Ash, president, Universal Music Australia & New Zealand: “UMA is once again excited to support TMN’s 30 under 30 Awards, and its recognition that our future – and the future health of the music community – will be shaped by the agile skills and talent of today’s young artists and music professionals.  The need for diversity, inclusion, transparency, and accountability has never been clearer.  We are thrilled to celebrate and recognise music’s next generation, as well as to support their successful career advancement.”

SUBMIT YOUR 30 UNDER 30 ENTRY HERE


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