triple j is looking for Australia’s best high school musician

Former Assistant Editor
2018 winner KIAN

triple j‘s Unearthed High returns for the 12th time this year, and is set to unearth more young talent in 2019.

The competition sees triple j Unearthed search the country from top to bottom for our youngest and brightest musical stars before they graduate year 12.

Previous winners include Arno Faraji, Tia Gostelow, Gretta Ray, Japanese Wallpaper.

2018 winner KIAN has released his debut EP BLISS, performed at major Australian festivals, travelled overseas and signed a record deal.

“Winning Unearthed High 100% sparked a major change in my life. The day I found out I had won I was feeling a lot of things,” said KIAN.

“Excitement, happiness, wonder, embarrassment… But I also felt as though something happened, a piece of my puzzle that is life clicked into place and I felt the beginning of something that was going to impact my life forever.”

Entrants can upload their best music to

The winner will be flown to triple j to record, mix or master their music, with guaranteed air time on triple j and Unearthed radio stations.

The best Unearthed High entry from an Indigenous artist, as well as being eligible for the major prize, will win a songwriting workshop at their school by the APRA AMCOS Songmakers program and ongoing mentorship from the Association of Artist Managers (AAM).

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