The Melbourne Music Bank 2016 Top 12

Interested in Beyond the Valley double-passes? How about a free Pandora subscription? Perhaps you’re after tickets to the Melbourne Music Bank finale? You could win this and more by voting for your favourite Victorian artist nominated in the 2016 Melbourne Music Bank.

The Melbourne Music Bank is an annual competition that first began in 2014 as an initiative by the Bank of Melbourne. It gives up-and-coming Victorian musicians the opportunity to win $60 thousand worth of prizes to help launch their career. The 2016 winner will receive prizes including studio-recording time with a producer and a festival spot in the 2017 Beyond the Valley Line-Up.

The Bank of Melbourne dub the competition as ‘a toolkit for success.’ Jac Phillips, the Head of Brand Marketing for the Bank of Melbourne says, “This competition is one of the many ways Bank of Melbourne is supporting the arts and it’s getting bigger and better every year.” It is a fantastic opportunity for any aspiring artist.

The twelve finalists, who you have the opportunity to vote for, have been announced. Once public voting closes, the top four artists will then perform live in front of three judges. On the panel this year includes Jac Phillips, singer/songwriter Ella Hooper and Cara Williams, music editor for Beat Magazine.

Here are the twelve finalists:

Anna Oliphant Wright
Anna is a VCE student from Lake Gardens. She cites Tracy Chapman, Blind Boy Paxton and Tony Joe White as her main influences.

Check out her single ‘Hooks’


Sal Wonder

From Brunswick, Sal has completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz performance. Through his smooth music, he hopes to inspire his audience to get up and dance when he’s performing.

Check out his single ‘King Fool’



Yobs, of Fawkner, is an up-and-coming hip hop star. He describes his single ‘Marching Into War’ as his introduction to the music industry.

Check out ‘Marching Into War’


B Cardamone

B Cardamone is known for her soul-touching ballads. The Richmond resident is a self-taught singer-songwriter who has been composing music for the last three years.

Check out her single ‘Passion to Ashes’



BATZ are a five-piece group from Collingwood. Their songs are inspired by what it’s like to live as a Gen-Y.

Check out their single ‘B.A.T.Z.’



Birdhouse have only been together for 18 months, but it’s easy to see why they’re a finalist this year. Located in Caulfield, the group is identifiable by their use of various harmonies and acapella.

Check out their single ‘Bitter’



HeavyHeads, of Balaclava, are a group of boys who just want to make their music fun. They’re well known for their relaxed, chilled-out vibe.

Check out their single ‘88’


James Franklin

Residing in Mount Dandenong, James has been described as ‘breezy-cool.’ His track, ‘Officer Mindy,’ is about unrequited love.

Check out ‘Officer Mindy’


Sienna Wild

Drawing on a range from classic rock to 90’s rock and grunge as their main musical influences, Sienna Wild’s sound has been described as ‘uncompromsing.’ The group, from Box Hill, formed in 2013 and have sold out shows at several Melbourne venues.

Check out their single ‘My Parade’


Tempus Sun

Tempus Sun’s ‘Owls’ highlights their musicianship. Residing in Moonee Ponds, the group cite Coldplay, Mumford and Sons and Fleetwood Mac as their main influences.

Check out ‘Owls’



McCrae resident Bloom is no doubt one to watch. Her influences range from Bon Iver to Beyonce.

Check out her single ‘Bittersweet’



Fawkner local ZiiMusic’s love for art and learning is evident in his music. His single ‘This is Afrika’ is influenced by Kendrick Lamar.

Check out ‘This is Afrika’

To pick your favourite artist based on the singles above, visit and click on the ‘vote’ button next to you artist of choice. Public voting closes at 5pm on 0ctober 9th with the top four finalists performing at Hamer Hall in Arts Centre on Tuesday October 25th. The winner of the 2016 Melbourne Music Bank will be announced at this event.

For further information, email

Written by Jordyn Hoekstra.


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