The UpStart Award will be adjudicated by an independent panel of artists and Victorian music industry experts.

JASON MOORE – Whilst dabbling in karaoke, pool and beach cricket, Jas hosts the emerging Antipodean show “Local &/or General” on Triple R, books bands for the Northcote Social Club and Corner Hotel, and manages The Harpoons + Sui Zhen. Jas is a true champion of emerging artists having supported the likes D.D Dumbo, Methyl Ethel, Aldous Harding, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Sampa The Great and Grammy winning/nominated acts Lorde, Courtney Barnett, Hiatus Kaiyote along with many more.

MYLES O’NEIL-SHAW – PBS announcer for over 15 years including host of “Five Feet High and Rising” since 2005. The show specialises in all things alt-country, Americana and singer-songwriter – both international and local.

CRISPI – Crispi has been an announcer on PBS FM in Melbourne for over 14 years. Apart from a 5-year stint on the Breakfast Spread from 2011-2015, his show, Radio City (1-3pm Thursdays), has been on air since 2008. Crispi has a wide knowledge across a broad range of music and also regularly DJs at many venues around Melbourne.

SARAH HAMILTON – Sarah runs Ditto Music’s Australian office, and helps artists and labels distribute and market their music globally to platforms like I-Tunes, Spotify, Shazam and hundreds of others. Working with over 150,000 artists worldwide, and with office in the USA, UK, Australia, Africa, Brazil and Sweden, Ditto works with artists to get their music online, but also to maximise their reach globally via tools like Spotify playlists, PR, social media and online marketing.

ANNA NORTHEAST – Anna sits on the board of Australian youth music organisation, The Push. Over three decades The Push has supported millions of young people with access to contemporary music programs and events. As a lifelong lover of music (who sadly cannot sing a note in tune), Anna’s heartfelt commitment to creating opportunities for young people drives her love of The Push and all it does.

Anna and her family form part of the ownership group for The Corner Hotel, Northcote Social Club, The National Hotel and The Railway Hotel North Fitzroy.

JULIETTE LALLI – Juliette is a live music curator, festival and event producer. She is focussed on building capacity within live music businesses with the aim of providing a more inclusive and accessible performing arts environment for female, gender diverse, First Nations and youth artists and audiences.

Juliette programmed Grampians Music Festival from 2017-2020, was the band booker for The Retreat from 2019-2022 and has work on events such as the Reclink Community Cup. She is currently the Live Music and Performance Programmer for the Brunswick Music Festival.