On Friday June 27th, JMC Academy Sydney launched the new $30 million purpose built campus.
The event took place at the new campus in the heart of Sydney in Ultimo, and was hosted by Marc Fennell, Australian radio & TV presenter, film critic, award winning technology journalist, and author and host of SBS’s live nightly news show, The Feed.
Four of JMC Academy’s most successful alumni were presented with awards for their outstanding contribution to the creative industries in their respective fields. All recipients maintained an HD average while studying at JMC Academy. Winning the award for Contemporary Music Performance was a man of many talents - multi platinum urban artist, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, ARIA nominee and Australia’s Got Talent contestant-come-judge - Melbourne graduate, Tim Omaji, AKA Timomatic. Graduating in 2008, he is now a signed artist with Sony music, and has supported tours for American hip-hop group Salt’N’Peppa, Nicki Minaj, Havana, Brown, Taio Cruz, Kelly Rowland and performed for a global audience at the Miss Universe pageant last year. His versatility and collaborative mindset is what we strive to instil in all students.
The winner of the Entertainment Business Management award was Sydney graduate, Emma Chow. Beginning her career as Chart Manager at The Music Network. From there a fortuitous opening as a guest host on ARN’s Edge 96.One - which of course she nailed – eventually secured her, her permanent gig Emma is now co-host and producer on Edge 96.1 Breakfast show with Mike E and Emma, as well as a panellist on Channel 7’s Sunrise. Emma has since been nominated for two Australian Commercial Radio Awards including Best On-Air Team ‘Mike E and Emma’ 2012 & 2013 and Best Newcomer On-Air 2008. She has interviewed artists including Jason Derulo, Usher, Rita Ora, Chris Brown, David Guetta, Havana Brown, Pitbull, Ke$ha to name a few.
Trackdown Studios Audio Engineer Daniel Brown took the award for Audio Engineering and Sound Production. Daniel has worked on a vast array of projects, from working with the likes of Robin Williams and Hank Azaria whilst recording Happy Feet (1 & 2), as well as many other movie blockbusters including Tomorrow When The War Began, Australia, The Way Back, The Railway Man and more. Daniel also has extensive experience in live concert recordings, including Coldplay, One Directon and Justin Bieber, as well as album recordings for James Morrison, Delta Goodrem and Regina Spektor. His tenacity in riding to the challenge of round-the-clock productions schedules whilst adapting to a wide range of recording interests made him the perfect recipient for this award.
Last, but by no means least, receiving the award for his outstanding contribution to Film & Television production was Charles Duncombe. Charles wasn’t able to attend the event as he is currently in Brazil, working on the FIFA World Cup. Following his graduation in 2006, Charles was quickly snapped up by Foxtel, and in just over a year became the Junior Promo Producer for “FOX Classics”. By 2012 Charles was became Head of creative of SOHO & Showcase – two of Foxtel’s premium drama channels and in 2013 launched the hit series ‘Wentworth’ on SoHo with episode one attracting the highest ratings for a non-sport program in Australian subscription TV history. Not surprisingly Charles went on to win 2 Promax ANZ awards including "Promo of the Year" and an Astra Award for Wentworth's campaign. In 2014, with Charles at the helm, the Showcase channel won the much coveted Astra award for "Channel of the Year". He has also just been nominated for a "Promax World Gold” Award for a Dramatic Program - Wentworth Launch – with the result soon to be released.
Our talented award winners were in good company at the event, in room filled with both up-and-coming talent and Australian music royalty, including Peter Garret, Rob Hirst, Rick Grossman, Reg Mobassa and James Reyne, as well as two MPs, Alex Greenwich and John Sidoti. Guests were treated to several musical numbers throughout the evening, beginning with current students Robert Moya, Lauren Valatiadis, Erin Pascoe & Eden Pollack, followed by JMC Alumni Mickey Pye, Matt Price and the Double Black and Timomatic, and of course Australian music legend, James Reyne.