Samantha Morris is a communication and engagement specialist that had a mid-life career change from conservation to music. Previously working as a strategic communication adviser to some of the country’s biggest environmental NGOs she now publishes a monthly street press on the Gold Coast that focusses on music, lifestyle and culture. Blank GC launched in December 2013 and in December 2016 was named the city’s best magazine at the Gold Coast Media Awards. The magazine has grown its distribution from 2000 to 12,000 a month with awesome online and social media engagement as well and a team of 40 writers and photographers who help make sure the local and regional cultural content keeps flowing.
Sam and her team also created the Gold Coast Music Awards in 2015. The third annual event (April 2017) saw the awards move from a brewery in Burleigh to the beach at Surfers Paradise with 3000 people attending the live music component and a sold out ticketed marquee hosting the awards ceremony.