Judges

 
 

The Australian Music Prizes has one of the most rigorous judging processes of any music prize in the world. 37 judges across media, retail and the artist community work together to identify outstanding albums, judged solely on artistic merit with no reference to commercial success. Each judge chooses albums they believe should be nominated, with agreement between multiple judges leading to a nomination being granted.

In January, a select pool of judges are flown to Sydney for an intensive two days of discussion, dissection and occasionally argument, to create the Australian Music Prize shortlist of nine titles. The unique in-person discussion allows the debating or artistic points, the consideration of other views and on occasion the changing of minds, creating a unique and robust process of judging which reflects and respects the artistry of the album format.

The judges then have a further two months to listen intently to the nine shortlisted albums before coming together again in Melbourne where they deliberate in an intense four-hour session to select the winner of the Australian Music Prize. The winner is then announced on the same day at a gala industry event which honours the shortlisted artists, the artistry of the previous year in Australian music, the album as an important artistic expression and of course, the Australian Music Prize winner.

Judges can only be established artists, music media or music retailers and must be recommended to The AMP by one or more Australian music industry executives who can vouch for their ‘great ears’. The judges agree to only judge on what they hear and to advise The AMP of any possible commercial and/or personal connections to artists who have made the albums they judge.

 
 
Abbe May  — Artist

Abbe May — Artist

Amelia Jenner  — FBi, Music Director

Amelia Jenner — FBi, Music Director

Bryget Chrisfield  — writer

Bryget Chrisfield — writer

Dan Kelly  — Artist

Dan Kelly — Artist

Jeremy Rose  — Artist

Jeremy Rose — Artist

Kieran Stafford  — Birdland Records

Kieran Stafford — Birdland Records

Mikey Cahill  — Writer

Mikey Cahill — Writer

Phil Jamieson  — Artist

Phil Jamieson — Artist

Rok Riley — RTRFM

Rok Riley — RTRFM

Shaad D’Souza  — The Fader, Writer

Shaad D’Souza — The Fader, Writer

Shannon Logan  — Jet Black Cat

Shannon Logan — Jet Black Cat

Tim Daley  — CMC, Program Director

Tim Daley — CMC, Program Director

Zoë Radas  — STACK, Music Editor

Zoë Radas — STACK, Music Editor

Alex Gow  — Artist

Alex Gow — Artist

Angus Andrew  — Artist

Angus Andrew — Artist

Cassie Walker  — Triple M, Digital Music Lead

Cassie Walker — Triple M, Digital Music Lead

Dan Condon  — Double J, Online Editor

Dan Condon — Double J, Online Editor

Jessica Dale  — The Music, Assistant Editor

Jessica Dale — The Music, Assistant Editor

Kate Hennessy  — Music Writer

Kate Hennessy — Music Writer

Miranda Boyce  — Australian Radio Network

Miranda Boyce — Australian Radio Network

Paddy Mann  — Artist

Paddy Mann — Artist

Sam Anning  — Artist

Sam Anning — Artist

Simon Collins  — The West Australian, Music Writer

Simon Collins — The West Australian, Music Writer

Tim Freedman  — Artist

Tim Freedman — Artist

Alex Cameron  — Artist

Alex Cameron — Artist

Andrew Drever  — Music Writer

Andrew Drever — Music Writer

Cameron Adams  — The Herald Sun, Music Writer

Cameron Adams — The Herald Sun, Music Writer

David James Young  — Music Writer

David James Young — Music Writer

Jill Webb  — Tommy Gun Records

Jill Webb — Tommy Gun Records

Lauren Baxter  — The Music, Brisbane Editor

Lauren Baxter — The Music, Brisbane Editor

Martin Boulton  — The Age

Martin Boulton — The Age

Ofa Fotu  — Artist

Ofa Fotu — Artist

Sarah Smith  — The Big Issue, Music Editor

Sarah Smith — The Big Issue, Music Editor

Sose Fuamoli  — Music Writer

Sose Fuamoli — Music Writer

Tiarney Miekus  — Writer

Tiarney Miekus — Writer

Alex Grigg  — Artist

Alex Grigg — Artist

Andrew Sinclair — Artist

Andrew Sinclair — Artist

Dan and Maia  — FBi

Dan and Maia — FBi

Chris Berkley  — Red Eye Records

Chris Berkley — Red Eye Records

Hayden Davies  — Pilerats, Editor

Hayden Davies — Pilerats, Editor

Jeb Taylor  — Music Farmers

Jeb Taylor — Music Farmers

Mike Glynn  — JB Hi Fi

Mike Glynn — JB Hi Fi

Michael Hohnen  — Artist

Michael Hohnen — Artist

Rod Yates  — Music Writer

Rod Yates — Music Writer

Steve Bell  — Sonic Sherpa, Owner

Steve Bell — Sonic Sherpa, Owner

Simon Winkler  — 3RRR

Simon Winkler — 3RRR

Triana Hernandez  — Thickwave, Founder

Triana Hernandez — Thickwave, Founder