30 Under 30 Awards April 8, 2021

More future leaders have entered the TMN 30 Under 30 Awards – see what they’ve said!

More future leaders have entered the TMN 30 Under 30 Awards – see what they’ve said!

More entries are rolling in for the TMN 30 Under 30 Awards, ahead of the final entry deadline at 11:59pm (AEST) on April 18.

If you’re someone who needs some last minute inspiration, or is even just a little bit curious about what other people are saying in their entries, here’s a sneak peek at some which have already come through from tomorrow’s leaders.

To submit your entry, visit the Take 2 Media awards platform and start your submission (you can start it now, and finish it later).There is a one-off entry fee of $49 for this round of entries.

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.


Uppy Chatterjee, Cool Accidents editor, Warner Music Australia (29)

What makes you a future leader in the music industry?

“The Australian music industry is in dire need of young, fresh minds – particularly diverse ones that will champion a stronger ethos of acceptance, diversity and inclusion in all facets and in all rungs of the industry. As an Indian-born woman of colour who has grown up in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, I believe I have the necessary skills and lived experience needed to lead a real change in the Australian music industry, to truly make it one that is equitable, safe for all gender and racial identities and harassment-free.

“On another note, having loved and consumed music from a young age, I think I have a strong ear for music that will resonate with the community of like-minded music lovers. I interviewed Billie Eilish when she was 15 and had only Ocean Eyes and Bellyache turning heads, but I had the feeling even then that she would become a legend. Similarly, I remember seeing Stella Donnelly at BIGSOUND years ago knowing she would be a success one day.

“I’m proud to have been able to work in the music industry my entire career and I think my work ethic, aspirations and determination to always take the next step has seen me through.”


Joel Siviour, booking agent/ owner, Seismic Talent Agency (27)

What makes you a future leader in the music industry?

“I believe that my personal conduct and the ethos that I’m working to establish at a foundational level of my company embody the future of the music industry that collectively the next generation are working towards. A diverse, progressive and innovative future.

“Our agency roster is notably diverse in the types of artist we represent on a surface level (ie, genre), as well as on a deeper level (ie, who they are as artists/people). I believe that truly innovative music and art comes from unique perspectives and experiences, and then sharing those qualities with others through a creative medium. To achieve the goals of inclusivity that the music industry is collectively striving for, it is up to individuals to ensure that they are doing their part in facilitating environments and cultures where those changes are already being implemented, and I feel that this is something I have demonstrated consistently.

“I also want to be a future leader of the music industry to demonstrate that people from a minority background such as the LGBTQI+ community can and should rise to positions of influence amongst this industry. Entering this workforce many years ago, I didn’t feel that there were many behind-the-scenes role models who were a great representation of who I was and what I wanted to be, and I want to continue grow in my career to continually be that visible role model to the next generation of the queer music industry.”


Lauren Mikkor, director/ artist manager, Post Modern Collective (27)

What makes you a future leader in the music industry?

“As a female in music – that has worked in the industry since the age of 17 and worked incredibly hard to get where I am – I have been subjected to the issues around equality in music and can understand how incredibly hard it is as a woman. We need to do double the work, and half the mistakes to be given the same opportunities or repercussions as men – so I strongly believe as females, it’s now more important than ever to work together to create a safe, equal and EXCITING environment and industry for young girls looking to work in music to enter. I want to ensure I work to give those opportunities to those that are looking to work in music, and they have great female role models to look up to.

“I take great pride in my relationships, and how I do business – and that is with integrity, passion, kindness, and ensuring that the people around me feel empowered, cared for, heard, and appreciated. I believe the industry needs more leaders in the spotlight, that not only practice those things outwardly, but also internally – with their most direct teams, artists & business associates.

“Lastly, as a manager, the responsibilities at the forefront of my mind have always been around educating, supporting and giving my artists the tools to not only have a successful career, but to also be leaders, and good role models. I take care in working with artists whose values align with the ever-changing landscape of music. It’s up to us as individuals (and managers) to be the change we want to see, so that for me is upholding values that both myself and my artists project into the world – behind closed doors as well.”


A reminder that entrants must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen living and working in Australia. They must be under the age of 30 at midnight on May 20, 2021 – so if you are born after May 21, 1991, you are eligible to enter.

This year, to open up to as wider selection of industry professionals as possible, TMN is ditching the rules about having a set number of winners from each segment of the industry.

People working in sales & marketing, accounting & legal, artist/ label services, brands & agency, labels & publishing, live & touring, and media & journalism, will all still be eligible to enter, however we won’t be putting numbers on how many must fall within each category.

This will enable more music superstars to enter from across the music landscape, with the best entries from any segment of the industry having a chance to join the exclusive list.

If you’re unsure what the judges may be looking for as they seek to uncover the 30 brightest up-and-coming stars of tomorrow’s music industry, check out the all-female judging panel here, along with their tips for your entries.

You can also have a sneak peek at some super-organised early entrants, and what they’ve said so far in their entries.

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

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.


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