The judging panel for Songwriter The Great Southern Song Comp includes a Roll Call of Australian music luminaries:

Steven Allen – a stella career in lighting, in the Australian music industry, now working for major Host City Organising Committees, on every Summer/Winter Olympic games, amongst others. Currently the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.

Lisa j Aston – award winning Australian singer/songwriter

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter – Steely Dan/The Doobie Brothers

Stuart Coupe – Music journalist, author (books include The Promoters, Gudinski, and Roadies), band manager Hoodoo Gurus/Paul Kelly/, promoter, publicist and music label founder. Radio presenter on 2SER and FBI Radio and reviewer of crime fiction for Sydney Morning Herald & founder of Australian crime fiction magazine Mean Streets.

Lizzy Ferguson – costume management for Cher & other luminaries

Elise Eaton – journalist & song writing partner Washuntara (Brenton Roberts)

Jane English – Music Publisher

Mark Gable – The Choirboys

Karen Jacobsen – songwriter/vocalist/musician & international voice of Suri expat living in NYC relocating to Whitsundays during Covid…

Steve Kilbey – The Church

Melissah Kochel – Music Teacher expat in USA

Scott Johnson – drummer Jimmy & The Boys/music teacher

Pixie Michaels – Sound Production Producer

Chris Molloy – musician and booking agent

Rusty Nails – Promoter & music industry larrikan

Sam Righi – promoter/entrepreneur/manager

Nero Swan – The Machinations

Michael Vidale – bass player Jimmy & The Boys

Steve White – Manager – Lee Kernaghan

Roni Wildeboer – music industry executive

Tracey Yarrad – songwriter/vocalist/musician expat now living in NYC running a Brooklyn live music venue and recording her own independent productions