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Calling all Musicians. What are you made of?

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It wasn’t easy, but we’ve picked the best twelve Victorian musicians from the hundreds who entered this year’s Melbourne Music Bank. Now it’s time to have your say. Cast a vote for your favourite song and go into the running to win Beyond The Valley double-passes, Pandora subscriptions and tickets to the finale. Vote today and be part of making Victoria’s next musical success story.

Anna Oliphant Wright

This VCE music student from Lake Gardens sure knows how to craft a clever tune – ‘Hooks’ is a rollicking track with influences from Anna’s heroes – Tracy Chapman, Blind Boy Paxton and Tony Joe White. view full profile

Hooks (3:51)

Sal Wonder

With a Bachelor of Music major in jazz performance, this break up song comes from a seasoned Brunswick musician. He hopes his listeners want to dance when they hear his music – we can’t help but groove to this smooth tune.view full profile

King Fool (3:33)


Fawkner's YOBS says this track is his ‘introduction to the music industry’ – when you hear the blistering beat it all makes sense. He fell in love with hip hop six years ago and we think it’s a match made in heaven.view full profile

Marching Into War (3:06)

B Cardamone

B Cardamone’s ballads are sure to make you feel a thing or two. This self-taught singer-songwriter, from Richmond has only been composing for three years, but sounds as though she’s been singing since day dot. view full profile

Passion To Ashes (4:47)


BATZ are a dreamy 5-piece supergroup from Collingwood, who write songs about the Gen-Y experience. Have a listen to their stellar track B.A.T.Z and let these talents take you there. view full profile

B.A.T.Z (3:45)


There’s an undeniable rock element to ‘Bitter’, but it’s their exploration of harmonies and acapella that sets this Caulfield act apart. Only together 18 months but their sound is already rock solid. view full profile

Bitter (3:03)


Heavy Heads just want people to have fun when they hear their music. The boys from Balaclava like to have a drink and a laugh before the shows – their chilled-out vibe is infectious.view full profile

88 (3:46)

James Franklin

Hailing from the beautiful hills of Mount Dandenong, the breezy-cool James Franklin hopes to take you higher and higher with his upbeat track about unrequited love. view full profile

Officer Mindy (4:13)

Sienna Wild

Drawing on influences from classic rock to 90’s rock and grunge, this Box Hill band’s sound is uncompromising. Since forming in 2013, this 3-piece band has been busy selling out shows at iconic Melbourne venues like Ding Dong and Yah Yahs.view full profile

My Parade (3:04)

Tempus Sun

Tempus Sun’s elegant musicianship is on show in their awe-inspiring track Owls. Influenced by the likes of Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac and Mumford and Sons, this Moonee Ponds outfit bring all the feels, and makes you want to boogie.view full profile

Owls (6:38)


With influences as diverse as Bon Iver to Beyonce, Bloom’s track ‘Bittersweet’ is beautifully composed and catchy. We predict big things for this sweet-voiced and talented girl from McCrae.view full profile

Bittersweet (4:11)


ZiiMusic’s energy shines through in his Kendrick Lamar-inspired, intricately-layered track ‘This is Afrika’. Listen and hear the Fawkner local’s passion for art and love for learning shine through.view full profile

This Is Afrika (3:57)

Don't Forget

  • Public voting opens September 12 and closes 5pm AEST 9 October 2016.

  • Tuesday 25 October is the finale where the winner will be announced!

Meet This Year's Judges

Jac Phillips

Jac Phillips

Head of Brand and Marketing,
Bank of Melbourne

Jac is a marketing and communications expert, with a wealth of experience in leadership, strategic marketing, public relations, branding, advertising and communications. She is also a member of various not-for-profit boards, and has a great eye for talent.

Ella Hooper

Ella Hooper

Singer / Songwriter, Melbourne
Music Bank Ambassador

Ella is a singer songwriter and radio and TV presenter who has been active in the Melbourne music scene for over 15 years. She is currently releasing her dark spiky pop music independently to great acclaim and has won numerous awards and accolades for her work with a microphone in the past. Mentoring and nurturing young talent is another passion of Ella's.

Emily Cheung

Emily Cheung

Director, Founder, ON THE MAP
PR, Music publicity specialists

Boasting over twelve years of experience in the Aussie music industry, Emily spent the bulk of her career working with major label, Sony Music Australia, where she left five years ago to kick start her own boutique music publicity agency, On The Map PR. On The Map has a keen focus on assisting emerging Australian music artists, while still doing a lot of contract work across the major labels, repping a bunch of talented acts including Boy & Bear, RÜFÜS, Holy Holy, Josh Pyke, Tinpan Orange, Montaigne, The Paper Kites and more.

Damo Costin

Damo Costin

Director / Founder,
123 Agency

Starting out in the seminal Australian rock band Motor Ace, Damian performed with bands such as Foo Fighters, Oasis and Blink 182. After 8 years, 3 x albums including a No. 1 and No. 3 ARIA records, he started working with Mushroom Group of companies before leaving in 2012 to start 123 Agency, which now represents some of Australia's most exciting acts.

Frank Varasso

Frank Varasso

Director, Varasso PR
Radio Plugger

With over 18 years of experience in the music industry, Frank has worked with international and local artists including P!nk, Justin Timberlake, Oasis, Madonna, Blur, Beyonce, Kate Miller-Heidke, Pete Murray and Delta Goodrem, to name but a few! Frank is the Director of Varrasso PR - an integrated media promotions and publicity company that offers plugging and promotional services.

Matt O’Connor

Matt O’Connor

Managing Director,
A&R Department

Matt is a music industry veteran with over 25 years experience who over his career has produced, developed, and been A&R for some of the biggest acts in Australian music (The Beautiful Girls / Harts / Sparkadia / Meg Mac / SAFIA / Shihad / Magic Dirt / Thirsty Merc / Savage / The Occupants / Disco Montego). He has created an enviable reputation for discovering, nurturing, and developing exciting new talent.

Cara Williams

Cara Williams

Music Editor,
Beat Magazine

Cara has been involved in the music industry since 2005, working as the editor of Fairfax Media’s Loop music and arts supplement, editor-in-chief for independent music and arts publications Synk, industry editor for the AU Review, and has managed the marketing and publicity for an assortment of organisations across the music and arts sectors.

Previous Winners

Jade Alice

Jade Alice

Melbourne Music Bank 2015 was like an adrenalin pumped dream that I will never forget and forever be thankful for. Artists need and thrive on the support of others and this competition catered for all of the crucial components involved in boosting an...
artist’s music in various fields, as well as providing invaluable guidance and advice from industry professionals. There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes to make something happen such as organising a professional music video that I wouldn't have been able to do without my incredible team from MMB! My main goal as a musician is to reach and connect with as many people as I can through my music and MMB expanded my audience immensely, it has lead to so many wonderful opportunities such as being interviewed on my childhood favourite TV shows, working on music for Bank Of Melbourne advertisements and even receiving international offers from PR and music organisations. The Melbourne Music Bank has given me a strong understanding of the music industry today and with their belief and confidence in me has helped me grow and develop further in my career.
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Being involved in the Melbourne Music Bank 2014 was an extremely valuable experience for me as an artist. I received some incredible prizes and tools that have made networking, promoting and growing my fan base much easier, tools that I otherwise wouldn’t have had access to.
I have met some incredible people who have been an excellent support base and offered precious guidance and knowledge, something that is invaluable in a tough industry. Since the program my band and I have recorded and released our second EP 'Nothin' But The Bones' and toured the east coast of the country to celebrate its launch. The single from the EP, 'Old Salt', gained AirPlay on hundreds of community radio stations, was added to rotation on Triple J Unearthed and received play on Triple J's main station on the Roots N All program. It reached number one on the AirIt/AMRAP regional radio charts as most requested/played song on community radio. We are now well on the way to recording and releasing our third EP. We've had offers to tour with and support some incredible artists and can't wait to see what the next year has in store for us! The Melbourne Music Bank was an excellent career kickstarter and foot-in-the door of the music industry and I'm extremely lucky to have been a part of the 2014 program
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The prize?

A career-making prize worth over $60K including

  • Dedicated A-team of the industry’s finest, including Publicist – Emily Cheung, Radio Plugger – Frank Varrasso, Manager - Matt O’Connor and Booking Agent - Damo Costin

  • Studio recording time at Melbourne’s The Studios In The City with producer Tom Larkin

  • Professional photography and styling

  • 2 x Film Clips

  • A festival spot on the 2017 Beyond The Valley Line-up

  • The chance for your song to feature in a Bank of Melbourne TV ad

  • Media training

  • Album artwork & CDs

  • EP launch and East Coast Tour

Who Will Be This Year's Winner?

Who will this year's winner be?

Don’t miss the final four finalists as they perform live at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne on 25 October 2016. See Victoria’s best emerging artists giving it their all for our judges, as well as performances from Ella Hooper and Jade Alice. Stay tuned for announcements, including free tickets so you can come down and cheer in person.

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