TMN Tinnies December 7, 2017

Revealed: Full list of finalists for first annual TMN Tinnies

Revealed: Full list of finalists for first annual TMN Tinnies

The Music Network will hold its first annual TMN Tinnies on Friday, February 2 in Sydney, celebrating the crushing success of executives and artists inside Australia’s music business in 2017.

All finalists find themselves on the shortlist following nominations from readers, and consultation between industry players and TMN’s editorial team.

It’s worth mentioning that the response from TMN subscribers was overwhelmingly positive. Between Monday and Friday last week, over 900 individual nominations were received from people across all sectors of the Australian music biz. TMN would like to thank those who took the time to nominate their peers.

Presented by Forbes Street Studios and digital agency Jaden Social, TMN can today reveal all 40 deserving finalists across the eight categories confirmed for year one of the TMN Tinnies.

The Manager of the Year, Label A&R of the Year, Publishing A&R of the Year and A&R Artist Development of the Year awards received the lion’s share of nominations. All four of these awards will recognise the rockstars within local music businesses who have, arguably, made the most significant contribution to their employer, their artists and the Australian music scene generally. They’ve also each enjoyed notable success as a result.

The Startup of the Year and Indie Label of the Year awards will recognise two companies who have demonstrated innovation, investment and international opportunities for Australian artists.

And last, but certainly not least, the Songwriter of the Year and Producer of the Year awards are to celebrate artistic entrepreneurship for or from up-and-coming Australian acts.



Here is the full list of finalists for the first annual TMN Tinnies:


Manager of the year

  1. Bill Cullen – One Louder
  2. Cathy Oates – Original Matters
  3. Regan Lethbridge & David Morgan Lemon Tree Music
  4. Jaddan and Rachael Comerford – UNIFIED Music Group
  5. Ben Dennis – Myriad Management


Label A&R of the year

  1. Michael Taylor – UMA
  2. Paul Harris – SME
  3. Mark Holland – EMI
  4. Aden Mullens – etc etc
  5. Heath Bradby – WMA


Publishing A&R of the year

  1. Arwen Curson – UMPG
  2. Maree Hamblion – Sony/ATV
  3. Matt Tanner – Native Tongue
  4. Craig Hawker – Sony/ATV
  5. Heath Johns – BMG


Indie label of the year

  1. Golden Era Records
  2. Liberation Records
  3. UNFD
  4. etc etc
  5. Hillsong Music Australia


Music start-up of the year

  1. Playlist Pump
  2. GiggedIn
  3. DISCO
  4. Audience Republic
  5. PopGun


Producer of the year

  1. Andy Mak
  2. Adrian Breakspear
  3. M-Phazes
  4. Trials
  5. Eric Dubowsky


Songwriter of the year

  1. Takudzwa Victoria Rosa Maidza (Tkay Maidza)
  2. Sarah Aarons
  3. Celia Pavey (Vera Blue)
  4. Harley Streten (Flume)
  5. Alex Hope


Artist Development of the year

  1. Michael Taylor for Dean Lewis
  2. Quincy Buchanan for Polish Club
  3. Nate Flagrant for Ruel
  4. Heath Bradby for Kita Alexander
  5. Rob Potts & Kerry Roberts for Morgan Evans


There will also be an award to recognise the most significant contribution to Australian music by commercial radio, to be presented at the awards. A master of ceremonies will also be confirmed shortly.

Congratulations to all 40 finalists. We’ll see you at the TMN Tinnies on Friday, 2 February in Sydney. Industry invitations will be sent to all finalists and premium TMN subscribers this week.

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