Gary Pinkerton Musician NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards  
Brett Hamlyn Songwriter Warner Brothers Music, Rondor Music Publishers, CBS Records  
Marcus Schintler Musician Weddings Parties Anything; Drummer for Billy Bragg & Dave Warner; The Wetsuits; ARIA Awards; Victorian AGE Music Hall of Fame; Currently the Chair of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium.  
Matt Hill Musician/Academic Southern Cross University
Band: “Amphibian”
Jeremy Stanford Actor/Director/Musician/Writer Resident Director of the Musical: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”  
Jeff Bailey Producer/Composer/Session Musician/Sound Engineer KILLER Hz Audio Production  
Alison Pearl Promoter Summer Song Music Camp  
Anita Colenbrander Event Manager Bluesfest Busking Competition  
James Lyall Lecturer SAE Creative Media Institute, Australia; 3rd Eye  
Anthony Moulay Radio Presenter/Radio Airplay Chart Coordinator/Music Photographer  
Jodie Digney Working musician and school teacher. Bands: The BlueSkillet Rovers, The Hoochers, Bassix, Kiss My Boots & Two a Tears in a Bucket  
Chris Brooker Musician Round Mountain Girls  
Roeland Kroes Sound Engineer    
Ian Slade Cinematographer/editor    
Chilli Musician Byron Sound Lounge Studios  
Joel South Musician, Promoter, Independent record label owner. Session, ex Hammers  
Roger Kristensen Australian Tour manager for International Acts    
Tyler Solleder      
Troy Schmidt Sound Engineer, Musician Director TS productions, Southern Cross University Technician  



The Categories

  • There are 24 categories representing the different music genres with the inclusion of a Music Video Category as well.

Number of Judges

  • There are 3 judges per category which in total is 63 separate judges per yearly NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards.

The Judges

  • The judges are representative of the music industry across our region, nationally and in some cases internationally.

The Entries

  • The entries in most categories are uploaded electronically. In all cases aside from the Production category and the Album entries the judges are blind in that the only information that they can see on their page is the song title and an entry number.

The Scoring

  • The scores are tallied from the judges results and in most cases three finalists are drawn from the results or unless a category has many more entrants than the rest then sometimes there are additional finalists for that category.

The Finalists

  • The finalists are contacted and are asked to either attend the awards night or nominate someone who can come instead if they can’t attend in person.




At the core of NCEIA is a strong belief that music plays an integral role in connecting and supporting our diverse community, and impacts positively on individuals, both artists and audiences, by framing our cultural identity.


NCEIA would like to Acknowledge the Bundjalung Nation Arakwal Aboriginal People who are the traditional custodians of this land.


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