Griffith students victorious: Gold Coast Music Awards

If you ever doubted the real-world application of university study, Griffith University’s Bachelor Popular Music program is here to convince you.

It’s testament to the strength of the course that every year since the Gold Coast Music Award’s inception, past students have featured heavily.

18 past students have been named as finalists or winners in the Awards very short five-year history. Two past students sit on the judging panel and the Awards’ advisory panel is chockers full of BPMers.

The Gold Coast Music Awards has always been about rewarding exceptional talent, and elevating Gold Coast artists on a national platform, so it’s no surprise that there’s such a large number of Griffith students in the mix year-on-year, and hopefully that trend continues with the introduction of a new course at the Gold Coast campus focussed on creative entrepreneurship.

Graduate Mark Duckworth sits on the GCMA judging panel and has also been a finalist for Music Champion of the Year, a category that current Griffith lecturer and prolific producer and musician Guy Cooper took out. Amy Shark’s keyboardist Brad Hosking is another Griffith graduate – now heading up TAFE Queensland’s music programs and he’s featured several times as a finalist both in Amy Shark’s project as well as Electrik Lemonade (who have featured two other BPM graduates in Ash Dean and Jake Morton)– he’s also been on stage twice at Gold Coast Music Awards LIVE events as well as repping the city at BIGSOUND.

In this year’s crop of finalists there are no less than nine graduates represented. Alongside Electrik Lemonade (nominated for Song of the Year) is Ella Fence (Artist, Song, Live Act), Hussy Hicks (Artist, Live Act, Song and Julz Parker for Musician of the Year), Cold Ghost (Album), Mass Sky Raid with drummer Reece Bains (Breakout Artist, Album, Song, Video), Elska (Breakout Artist and Song) and Ian Peres (for Musician of the Year). Athena Joy is nominated for Song of the Year and Tesla Coils (with Jed Walters as frontman and keyboardist) is nominated for Video of the Year, having been a previous winner for Breakout Artist of the Year.

IVEY, Bree de Rome, Benny D Williams, Marcus Blacke, Phoebe Sinclair and Reichelt – all previous finalists – are also past students of Griffith’s Bachelor Popular Music.

Here’s the full list of Gold Coast Music Awards finalists for 2019:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Fenech Guitars

Amy Shark
Brooklyn
Casey Barnes
Hussy Hicks
San Mei

BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium’s SEED program

Chloe Styler
Elska
Mass Sky Raid
Radolescent
ROMII
San Mei

LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Gold Coast Music

Amy Shark
Casey Barnes
Electrik Lemonade
Ella Fence
Hussy Hicks

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
sponsored by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

Ella Fence
Ian Peres
Jesse Boyle
Julz Parker
Scott French

RELEASE OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Southern Cross University

Love Monster – Amy Shark
The Good Life – Casey Barnes
Bachelor Tapes – Cold Ghost
Science of Fiction – Mass Sky Raid
Doreen Drive – Peach Fur

SONG OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Home of the Arts

I Said Hi – Amy Shark
The Weekend – Athena Joy
XO – Calan Mai
Be Mine – Casey Barnes
I Got Nothing – Cheap Fakes
Girl on the Move – DVNA
Call Girl – Ella Fence
Boy – Elska
Silence Creeping – Hussy Hicks
Delirium – Mass Sky Raid
Cupid Love – Romii
Wonder – San Mei

VENUE OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Oztix

HOTA, Home of the Arts
Miami Tavern Shark Bar
Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
Soundlounge
Vinnies Dive

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
sponsored by QT Gold Coast

Best Day Ever – Burger Joint
XO – Calan Mai
Big Evil – Kobrakai
Cupid Love – ROMII
Dinosynth – Tesla Coils
Shipwrecked – YT DiNGO

Winners announced Thursday 2 May at a gala event on the beach in Surfers Paradise. Tickets at www.gcmusicawards.oztix.com.au.

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