21 May 2021

Judges

A handpicked selection of the local music industry’s biggest names will be roaming The Rocks to judge each performance.
Judges

Katie Rynne

Katie Rynne is a senior booking agent at Village Sounds, a Sydney based agency, and part of Secret Sounds Group which oversees Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, Dew Process & Dew Process Publishing, and Secret Sounds Touring. 

Representing a roster that includes Something For Kate, Wafia, Alex Cameron, Mo’Ju, Bad//Dreems, Miiesha & Sycco, she spent the first 8 years of her agency career at Select Music where she was the agent for Ziggy Alberts, Montaigne, WAAX, LANKS & I Know Leopard amongst others, and was instrumental in their live development.

She was nominated for Booking Agent of the Year at The Industry Observer Awards in 2018, and has appeared as a speaker at a number of industry conferences including Bigsound, Face The Music, WAMCon, and VIVID Ideas.  

In her years prior to being an agent, she worked in management and tour management for acts such as Lior and Passenger (UK).

Mardi Caught

Formerly General Manager for Warner Music Frontline Marketing, Mardi carries a weight of global and domestic experience. She recently launched a marketing services company called The Annex, which works with talent, management and labels to tailor and deliver marketing strategy. Clients will benefit from Caught’s International marketing experience honed in her previously held roles in the UK as International Marketing and Promotions Manager for EMI, Vice President of Talent and Music at MTV UK and General Manager of Columbia Music Sony UK (Ting Tings, Mark Ronson, Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris). During her time at MTV, Mardi served as a judge for the Mercury Music Prize and also the BBC Sound of 2006. She returned to Australia in 2009 to take up the GM role of Day One Entertainment at Sony Music Australia, before heading to Warner Music. 

Since launching in March 2018, The Annex has built up a diverse list of clients including artists 

PassengerSheppard, ChillinIt, DidirriKota Banks, SafiaJXNJealous of the Birds, Triple OneLove Fame TragedyAdam LambertIllyGenesis OwusuOk MoonPnau , Violent Soho, Melanie C, Mia Rodriguez, and Lime Cordiale alongside labels UNIFIED, Ultra, Mom + Pop, Good Soldier and TMRW Music (formerly MOS), Sweat It Out and Central Station Records.

 

Milly Petriella

Milly Petriella is APRA AMCOS Director of Member Relations. She works with APRA AMCOS' 103,000 members to help collect their worldwide royalties and create global songwriting opportunities and programs to help increase awareness and return of Australian songwriters and publishers.

Beloved in the music industry for every one of her 26 years at APRA AMCOS, she was nominated for the Industry Impact Award at the inaugural The Industry Observer Awards in 2018. On top of her role as Director of Member Relations for APRA AMCOS and Executive Producer of APRA’s Music Awards, Milly runs other initiatives such as the APRA AMCOS Ambassador Program, the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition and SongHubs. Actually, the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition has the largest cash prize of any songwriting competition in the world with over $80,000 cash prize and has raised in excess of $1million for charity, all proceeds are donated to Nordoff Robbins. Meanwhile, the Songhubs songwriting collaborations have helped pave the way for many Australian and New Zealand songwriters, such as Sarah Aarons, who co-wrote Zedd's global hits 'The Middle' and 'Stay'.Milly is someone who really is responsible for changing lives.
Milly is also on the Board of Nordoff Robbins and is sits on Country Music Advisory Group and is the Creative Director of the APRA Music Awards.
 

Melody Forghani

Melody Forghani is the Director of twnty three, an independent artist management and publicity company based in Sydney, Los Angeles and New York. Twnty three manages Vallis Alps, Tasman Keith, and more. They also handle PR for artists such as Noname, Little Simz, Joji, KUČKA, Pablo Vittar, Omar Apollo, Todd Terje, Travis Scott to name a few.
 
In 2019, Melody worked as the music co-programmer for BIGSOUND, the largest music conference in the Southern Hemisphere. Over the last decade, she has also volunteered at Sydney’s FBi Radio, working within various roles including the Arvos Executive Producer, and held the position of producer for Tuesday Arvos with Chris Twite for 9 years. 

Over the last few years, she has also worked with Create NSW on their NSW Contemporary Music Music Strategy as part of the Night-Time Economy Taskforce, has previously worked as an Aus Council Grant Assessor, and currently holds a position on the ARIA Emerging Leaders Board.