exclusive 30 Under 30 April 1, 2020

Surprise! 50 finalists revealed for TMN 30 Under 30 Awards!

Surprise! 50 finalists revealed for TMN 30 Under 30 Awards!

The results are in! It’s time to unveil the shortlist.

After reviewing hundreds of entries, our stellar panel of industry Judge Judys have returned to their day jobs (from the comfort of their home offices, of course).

The average age of entrants was 26, with a diverse mix of candidates across all sectors of music. The list you’re about to scroll represents the future leaders of the Australian music industry.

From the 50 finalists below (five per category), the final 30 winners will be revealed on April 15.

“Honestly, every submission was worthy this year. I wish we could have featured all of them, but that’s not how the 30 Under 30 game works,” said TMN publisher & editor, Jake Challenor.

“A huge thank you to everyone who entered, and to the judges for dedicating so much time over the past week to reviewing and scoring every submission, during an already demanding and challenging time. The end result is nothing short of inspiring.”

This year’s TMN 30 Under 30 Awards are made possible thanks to six incredible sponsors, including APRA AMCOS, Eventbrite, MTV, Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music.

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A&R & Creative

Amy Jarman, BMG Rights Management
Harry Young, Dew Process
Hazel Gordon, Native Tongue Music Publishing
Helena Ho, EMI Music Australia
Marietta Ouzas, Sony Music / Lemon Tree Music & Artists Only

Digital & Social

Brienna Webster, Sony Music
Cara Anderson, SGC Media Group
Clare Chapman, Believe Digital
Gabrielle Pabustan, Island Records
Mary Chbib, Sony Music

Entrepreneurs & Innovators

Elise Reitze-Swensen & Rosie Taylor, WOMPP & Feels
Jayden Bath, Loch Hart Music Festival
Josh Simons, Vampr Inc.
Nic Kelly, Project U
Shelley Bishop, Studios 301

Licensing & Supervision

Allegra Caldwell, BMG
Kate Raue, Google
Marcus Brooke-Smith, Level Two Music
Mel Jong, Level Two Music
Phylicia Chong, Secret Road Music Services

Artist Management

Ellen Kirk, Look Out Kid
Kristie McCarthy, Lemon Tree Music
Lauren Mikkor, Post Modern Collective
Rachael Tulloch, UNIFIED Music Group
Udaravi Widanapathirana, su:ku:ya music

Media & Journalism

Jack Ball, Southern Cross Austereo
Jake Powell, Southern Cross Austereo
Jules LeFevre, Junkee Media
Tyler Jenke, The Brag Media
Zach La Cava, NOVA Entertainment

Professional Services

Ben Wilson, Sony Music
Brandyn Finau, City of Joondalup
Cameron Lam, APRA AMCOS
Eamon McKenna, Eventbrite
Nicholas Moutafis, Live Nation

Publicity & Promotions

Lisa Wilkinson, Sony Music
Lucy Nettlefold, MTV
Mitch Fresta, SGC Group
Nic Holland, Eleven: A Music Company
Rachel Jones-Williams, Sony Music

Sales & Marketing

Mark Miro Dadić, Universal Music
Michael McGahan, Live Nation
Samantha Kariyawasam, Sony Music
Tom Worner, Sony Music
Will Blackburn, Universal Music / BRING

Touring & Live Performance

Charlotte Ibbotson, Secret Sounds
Guven Yilmaz, Vita Music Group
Harry Moore, Lonely Lands Agency
Jack Stewart, Pink Salt Productions
Rachel Mason, TEG Dainty


In light of recent events, the TMN 30 Under 30 Awards calendar was updated to offer more time to our editorial team and judges, many of which are on the frontlines right now.

The TMN 30 Under 30 shortlist is now announced (above), and the final 30 winners will be revealed on April 15. A reader’s choice poll launches Friday, so you can play Judge Judy at home.

It would be irresponsible to bring the industry together on April 29 in Sydney as planned. Many of you already asked, and we agreed. Sadly, the celebratory awards mixer had to be scrapped.

But TMN does like to party, so we’ll find an alternative rave it up, down the line.

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