CQUni academic lands role in 2019 Qld Music Awards judging panel

Published:05 November 2018

Cairns-based CQUniversity Associate Lecturer Patty Preece has been named a judge on the Queensland Music Awards panel.

She’s a music lecturer, band member and now she can add Queensland Music Awards (QMA) judge to her credentials.

Cairns-based CQUniversity Associate Lecturer Patty Preece has been named one of the judges in the prestigious state music awards that will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane in March.

Patty said she was excited to hear the news of her selection.

“It’s a pretty cool placement to be on the list with all those other pretty famous people,” Patty said.

“The list of judges is extensive with local, national and international representation, all from a wide range of backgrounds, from producers to musicians to industry people.

“Having people from the regions on the panel is also a great thing for promoting arts in the regions.”

Patty said the opportunity came about through a contact within the industry.

“We’ve had Roz Pappalardo from Women in Docs teaching our music class this term and she said I’d be a great QMA judge and put my name forward,” Patty explained.

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” she laughed.

Patty will judge the blues and roots category.

Despite her humility, Patty certainly knows a thing or two about music and the industry.

Not only is she a hard-working member of her band Ironing Maidens, she worked as a sound recordist on children’s show Get Grubby TV and has also had an extensive background as a studio engineer.

“In my previous job I was responsible for building and installing five recording studios. I’ve judged a few local awards back in Byron where I used to live and I have been working at CQUni now for one year as a part-time lecturer teaching audio production and music industry units and part-time creative arts technician for the opened recording facility here at the Cairns campus,” Patty said.

The QMA’s will feature some of the finest musical talent in the Sunshine State.

“It’ll be great – I’m looking forward to it.”