The 7th Australian Music Prize Announces Judging Panel - MusicNSW

The 7th Australian Music Prize has announced it’s judging panel for this year, a panel which will incorporate several more industry professionals. 42 judges of industry, music and musicians coming from all over the music globe will preside over the prize. The judges will be determining the shortlist of 9 outstanding Australian albums.

The judging this year will be done by

Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus)

Tim Freedman (The Whitlams)

DJ Lorna Clarkson

Pete Luscombe (The Black Sorrows)

Renee Geyer

Julian Hamilton (The Presets)

Amp Ambassador Kram (Spiderbait).

Richie Lewis (Tumbleweed)

Lees Groves (Level 7 Studios)

Tim Shiels (3RRR)

Ulrich Lenffer (Cloud Control)

Also joining the panel will be Powderfinger guitarist and avid music fan Ian Haug.

“It’s an honour to be asked to be on the judging panel for the Australian Music Prize. There is a wealth of amazing new music in the country at the moment and The Amp celebrates the diversity of that talent. I look forward to debating each album in depth with my fellow judges and duking it out for our favourite albums,” says Haug.

The judging panel also includes a variety of decision makers from influential areas of the media including street press, newspapers, community and commercial radio, online bloggers, and other mainstream music sites.

The media judges include Andrew Mast (Street Press Australia), Andrew Watt (freelance), Bernard Zuel (Sydney Morning Herald), Clem Bastow (freelance),Darren Levin (Mess + Noise), Dom Alessio (triple j), Iain Shedden (The Australian), Jeff Jenkins (freelance), Jo-Anne Roberts (The Age), Jonathon Alley (MAG), Kathy McCabe (Daily Telegraph), Kevin Bull (Reverb Street Press), Larry Heath (, Maddy Mac (PBS), Mikey Cahill (Herald Sun), Niel Rogers (3RRR), Olivia Bellvedere (Radar Radio Austereo Network), Simon Collins (The West Australian), Tim Daley (Country Music Channel) and Toni Pippicelli (Nova).

For the last seven years The Australian Music Prize (The AMP) has been supporting Australian bands to propel to the world stage.

Last year Cloud Control won the prize, and ended up relocating to London and signing to independent label Infectious. Success story in short, the Aussie indie-pop group are about to embark on a huge headline tour across Europe and the UK this month.

The Amp provides a $30,000 cash prize thanks to PPCA which can help independentartists in every aspect of their career. The 7th Australian MusicPrize is now open for submissions from all Australian recording artists across every music genre to submit original album-length works released in 2011.

To enter, artists just need to submit their album via from September 1st – October 21st 2011. Fee is $95 per album or a discounted rate of $55 for early birds entering before Sept 30th.

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