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30 Under 30 Awards January 29, 2020

The Music Network to revive industry-first 30 Under 30 Awards

The Music Network to revive industry-first 30 Under 30 Awards

Will the next Michael Gudinski please stand up?

The Music Network already has a 25-year history of championing new talent and future leaders within the Australian music industry, and now we’re upping the ante.

TMN will again – for the first time in over a decade – revive its annual TMN 30 Under 30 Awards to unearth and showcase the best and brightest young professionals, aged 30 or under.

The industry-first awards are made possible in 2020 thanks to the support of APRA AMCOS, Eventbrite, MTV, Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music.

“All six sponsors have an established track record of nurturing the next generation of industry leaders,” said TMN’s editor & publisher, Jake Challenor.

“Over six months in the planning, we’re excited to discover and spotlight the young executives that will play an influential role in shaping a healthy, diverse and inclusive future for the local music industry on the world stage.”

Entries open next Monday, February 3 and close at midnight on Friday, February 21.

An all-star judging panel has been chosen to assess and evaluate every application and help select a shortlist of finalists and victors.

TMN readers will also have a voice, with a Reader’s Choice poll and winner.

Entries are open to anyone working permanently in Australia within one of the ten categories, who are aged 30 or under at the time of their application.

Five finalists, and ultimately three winners, will be selected from each of the ten categories.

Finalists will be announced in March, with an awards presentation and industry mixer in April.

The TMN 30 Under 30 Awards will champion those who can demonstrate a genuine contribution to the biz via their current employer or, if self-employed, their business.

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.

Check back next Monday (February 3), when entries open, for eligibility and category criteria.

TMN 30 Under 30 Awards | 2020 Categories:

1. A&R & Creative
2. Sales & Marketing
3. Touring & Live Performance
4. Digital & Social
5. Media & Journalism
6. Licensing & Supervision
7. Technology & Retail
8. Entrepreneurs & Innovators
9. Professional Services
10. Publicity & Promotions

TMN 30 Under 30 Awards | 2020 Sponsors:

Sony Music
“It is a very exciting time for the Australian music industry with such fantastic home-grown world-class artists. Equally, it is amazing to see so many talented people forging great careers across all aspects of the industry and working incredibly hard to achieve the best for these artists. We are thrilled to support this initiative so that we can highlight and acknowledge those who will continue to grow and lead this special industry into the future,” Denis Handlin AO, Sony Music Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Australia & New Zealand

“There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes in creating unforgettable live music experiences, and we’re thrilled to be taking part in this initiative and shining a light on the important work of some of Australia’s best young industry talent,” Chris McDonnell, Eventbrite, Head of Music Partnerships – APAC

Warner Music
“We believe that the diversity of experience and perspectives makes us a stronger and better place for young talents to grow and bloom,” Niko Nordström, President, Warner Music Australasia

“Music and youth are inextricably linked and there are many incredibly smart and talented young individual’s worth celebrating in the Australian music industry. At MTV we truly believe that great ideas can come from anywhere and applaud like-minded organisations that foster a diverse culture that allows employees to grow, be seen and heard to make an impact. We’re proud to be associated with TMN’s 30 Under 30 and look forward to celebrating and acknowledging the next generation of leaders that will shape the industry,” Simon Bates, VP and Head of MTV Australia & New Zealand

Universal Music
“UMA is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that values all individuals and it is exciting to see the industry embracing and highlighting so many talented individuals who can become future industry leaders,” George Ash, President Universal Music Australia & New Zealand

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,” Dean Ormston, APRA AMCOS Chief Executive


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