Joel Carnegie

Radio & TV Presenter | Performer & Musician | Documentary & Feature Maker

 Image: Stu Morley.

Image: Stu Morley.

Joel Carnegie is one of Australia’s much loved presenters and performers. As a multi-award winning personality, performer, musician and feature maker, Joel is currently working as a presenter on ABC Classic FM, and making features, documentaries and podcasts for the ABC and BBC.

As a performer/actor, writer and musician, Joel is also developing a number of theatre/music/cabaret and multidisciplinary projects [sign up for updates].

He is also a highly sought after host/MC [inquire to hire], hosting hosts music gigs, major events, festivals, and corporate functions. 

Joel has been nominated for and has won numerous awards, including winning "Best Performance By An Actor" and "Best Innovation" at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Awards for his acclaimed ABC radio cabaret show, Stardust: The Col Brain Story  [directed by Tom Molyneux]. 

His documentary about a secret society set up to investigate fairy sightings in Ireland Fairy Investigation Society also won Best Announcer Presentation (Bronze) and best History (Silver) program at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards 2018.

His radio documentary on a controversial 1,000 year old cultural tradition: The Grind [ABC Radio National] was shortlisted as a Top 5 Finalist at the 2017 Whicker's World Foundation Audio Recognition Awards and his feature From Music Into Silence [ABC Radio National] was also awarded a Highly Commended prize at the 2016 Whicker's World Foundation Audio Recognition Awards. 

Joel was a nominated finalist for “Presenter of the Year” at the 2018 Australian LGBTI Awards – for his work covering LGBTIQ issues in Australia, which included creating and presenting Audible’s first original Australian podcast series, Listen to Love, which explored the subject of marriage equality.

His non-fiction based projects and stories aim to deepen or challenge people’s understanding and relationship with the world and people around us - and he has travelled far and wide to find a good yarn, including story-making trips to outback Australia, to the remote Faroe Islands, Fiji, Italy, India, Ireland, Kiribati, Netherlands, Russia, UK and the USA. 

His broadcast work has also aired on other networks and media outlets including American Public Media, CBC, Deutsche Welle, PRX and others. He houses his commercial work within production house, The Space Company.

Joel was a Jury Member for the "Radio Music" category at the 2016 Prix Europa (European Broadcasting Festival) in Berlin, Germany and an Ambassador of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) for 2016 Third Coast Festival in Chicago, USA. He is also a member of Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Australia (MEAA).

Joel studied a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, which included performance studies with Hector McDonald (Principal Horn of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra) at Die Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz in Austria. He also holds a Master of Arts (Media & Communications) from Swinburne University of Technology, and is a board member of the Piano Project.

When he’s out on the road or at home, he can be found immersed in music of all styles, shapes, forms and colours.

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Image: Sarah Walker

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