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Needle in the Hay is an annual competition and event run by Happy Mag which champions and empowers emerging Australian and New Zealand bands and musicians at a time they need it most in their careers.
With a prize pool of over $30,000 including vinyl pressing, high quality recording gear, and plug-in packages, the competition has been carefully curated to give artists the shot in the arm their projects need.
A multi-faceted media professional, Benjamin Law’s award-winning career stretches across the mediums of non-fiction, broadcast, TV, scriptwriting, and publishing.
Lillian ‘FlexMami’ Ahenkan
A former MTV Australia presenter and currently nothing short of an icon, FlexMami is an unmissable and influential presence in the Australian youth landscape.
Marieke Hardy is a former host of triple j’s breakfast show, a published author and scriptwriter, and the former artistic director of Melbourne Writers Festival.
A member of All Our Exes Live in Texas, Georgia Mooney is an ARIA-winning songwriter who is preparing to release her debut solo album in 2022.
The lead singer of Hockey Dad, Zach Stevenson’s last album debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts, and he is a regular performer at Australia’s biggest music festivals.
Ngaiire has been a force within the Australian music industry for over 15 years. Her most recent record, 3, was chosen as Double J’s feature album.
Kieran Lama is the drummer and manager of ARIA #1 band Spacey Jane. He also runs his own artist management company, Anybody Management.
A prolific writer and rock historian, Jeff Apter has written official biographies for Jeff Buckley, AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, John Farnham, and many others.
Stephen Ferris has been DJing since the late 1970s, a key presence on Sydney’s FBi Radio since 2003, and currently serves as the music curator of Vivid Sydney.
A radio veteran, Andrew currently serves as manager of CBAA’s Amrap initiative, overseeing distribution of new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide.
AS PART OF NEEDLE IN THE HAY 2022, FOUR WINNERS WERE LINKED UP WITH FOUR OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND’S LEADING SONGWRITERS FOR A SERIES OF ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING SESSIONS
A multi-talented producer and songwriter, Tom Iansek is a member of Big Scary, #1 Dads, and No Mono. He is also a label director of Melbourne’s Pieater.
As a solo artist, Lenka has had her music listened to by millions around the globe. In 2020 she released two EPs under her own label, Skipalong Records.
A frequent presence at the ARIA Awards and in songwriting competitions around the world, Andy Bull is one of Australia’s most prolific alt-pop songwriters.
Best known as Lawrence Arabia, James Milne is a veteran of New Zealand’s indie scene. He has won multiple Aotearoa Music Awards and has also composed music for films including Taika Waititi’s Eagle vs Shark.
THE GRAND PRIZE POOL
250 x Your Single Pressed to 7″ vinyl by Zenith Records
RUNNER UP PRIZES
Over $30,000 in prizes to be announced!
All finalists will have their submissions listened to by Needle In The Hay’s 2024 judging panel, composed of nine industry figureheads
All finalists have the chance to play the Needle In The Hay Finalists’ Party in November 2023
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