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The expansive judging panel includes representatives from Dine Alone Records, Sony Music, Kobalt Music, Top Dog Group, Sounds Australia and heaps more. The 2018 panel included:

  • Paul Harris - Sony Music
  • Simon Moor - Kobalt Music Group
  • Paul Paoliello - Top Dog Publishing
  • Troy Barrott - Hub Artist Services, Dine Alone Records
  • Andrew Leontarou - Tertiary Access Group
  • Peter Holz - Producer Gang Of Youths / Peking Duk
  • John Castle - Multiple ARIA Nominee, Producer / Mixer / Engineer
  • Dave Rennick - Dappled Cities, Jaxsta Music
  • Nadine Riezouw - GaGa Music Licensing & Sync
  • Joel Carriere - President and Founder Dine Alone Records
  • Leigh Gruppetta - Cooking Vinyl
  • Harry Moore - 123 Agency
  • Glenn Dickie - Sounds Australia
  • Willo - DJ / Producer
  • April Alexander - Tertiary Access Group
  • Damian Rinaldi - Sonic Lawyers


When reviewing Submissions, the Panel are asked to score based on the following criteria:

  • Songwriting & Lyrics
  • Performance & Musicality
  • Image & Presentation
  • Commercial Viability & Relevance

Live Bands & Performers

The Judging Panel reviews online Submissions to select FOUR finalists. ONE additional Finalist earns their place at the event via the Wild Card voting system. All FIVE Finalists are transported to perform at the Live Final to a crowd of Music Industry representatives and punters. At the event, ONE winner is selected to receive the prize package valued at over $100,000.

Electronic Music Producer

The Judging Panel reviews online Submissions to select ONE winner. The ONE winner is transported to perform a set at the Live Final in front of a crowd of Music Industry representatives and punters and received the EMP prize package valued at $TBC