AIR's Board of Directors are:
DAVID VODICKA (RUBBER RECORDS) - Chairman
David Vodicka is a Principal of Media Arts Lawyers and has had extensive experience with over 20 years practice representing musicians, artists, performers, composers, recording, production, management and publishing entities. He has dealt in all facets of law affecting the creative industries, and has had considerable hands on experience in the music recording and publishing fields as director of independent label Rubber Records and music publisher Rubber Music Publishing.
David is a passionate advocate for local music and creative industries and presently is chairman of the board of AIR (the Australian Independent Record Labels Association), is a current board member of ARIA (Australia Recording Industry Association) and the PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) and has held the positions of Vice President of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) and board member of MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival).
MATTHEW ROGERS (UNIFIED) - Secretary
Matthew Rogers is the Chief Operating Officer of Unified Music Group, one of Australia's fastest growing independent companies. As an entertainment lawyer he represented some of the most well known Australian labels and artists. Mat now oversees Australia's largest online merchandise webstore, a record label group including UNFD, ONETWO, Fearless Records and Hopeless Records, the management of 16 Australian artists and an award winning boutique publishing catalogue. Mat's passion for artists, music and the independent community is stronger than ever as he works with Australian artists both locally and internationally.
BASIL COOK (ABC MUSIC) - Treasurer
Basil has worked in the Australian music industry for many years with roles in various record labels including marketing, A&R and digital and is a passionate supporter of Australian music. Basil is currently the Head of Contemporary labels at ABC Music, as well as overseeing Digital Strategy and A&R manager at FOUR | FOUR and has worked with a diverse array of bands and artists including Tim Rogers, Chris Lilley, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Lee Kernaghan, The Wiggles and many more.
ANDREW STONE (CHUGG MUSIC)
Andrew Stone is the director of Chugg Music, the Record Label and Management arm of Chugg Entertainment. The label represents Australian artists Sheppard, Deep Sea Arcade, Hey Geronimo, Lime Cordiale, The Griswolds, Tambourine Girls, and Canadian band, Down With Webster. Chugg Music is also the US label for Lime Cordiale.
Sheppard have the #1 selling Australian single for 2014, with their song Geronimo, which spent 3 weeks at #1 on the ARIA charts, the most in history for an independent Australian band. The single has achieved double platinum sales, along with their EP and first single, Let Me Down Easy, which achieved platinum sales in 2013 and multiple ARIA and APRA award nominations.
Chugg Music also runs the independent PR company, Rare Finds, which has helped to launch the careers of YesYou, Millions, Gung Ho, Cub Sport, The Trouble With Templeton, Pepa Knight, The Belligerents, and many others.
ASHLEY GAY (XELON ENTERTAINMENT)
A distinguished record executive, Ashley Gay has been instrumental in the rise of Australia’s electronic dance music scene.
Starting his career in the mid-1990s, Ashley has worked closely with countless dance and electronic music artists and hundreds of labels. Today, he helms Xelon Entertainment, Australia's premier digital music distributor, boasting offices in various countries. Remarkably for the space, Xelon remains 100% independent.
A former radio DJ and music director for dance radio in his hometown, Melbourne, Ashley entered record business with the prestigious dance labels Pro-DJ (1995-2000) and Central Station Records (2000-2007).
In late 2017, Ashley combined his expertise in IT and computer science with his A&R skill set for the launch of Xelon Entertainment, which today represents over 300 labels in all genres.
Ashley has spoken at conferences around the world, including Going Global in Auckland, Indie-Con in Adelaide, SIM in Sao Paolo, Face the Music in Melbourne and more recently Indie Week in New York.
PHILIP MORTLOCK (ORiGiN Recordings)
Philip Mortlock has been actively involved on the AIR board since 2001, representing his own label ORiGiN Recordings previously working for one of Australia's oldest independent music companies, Alberts. He worked previously with Warner Music for many years prior to going 'independent'. Philip is also on the board of the National Film and Sound Archive board and is a founding Patron of The Australian Music Prize.
Lorrae McKenna is the owner of Our Golden Friend - an Artist Management and Record Label collective based in Melbourne. She manages Jade Imagine, Jess Ribeiro, Poppongene, RVG and Totally Mild and runs a record label that includes artists 808s and Greatest Hits, RVG, Moonlover and Poppongene on its roster.
Lorrae was most recently the Promotions and Marketing Manager at Remote Control Records. Joining Remote Control Records in 2013, Lorrae was instrumental in re-invigorating the label’s Australian roster of artists, signing and developing acts such as Courtney Barnett, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Methyl Ethel, The Murlocs and many more.
Lorrae departed Remote Control in October 2016 and has focused her time on building the label alongside her management roster. Lorrae has been an active part of the Australian music industry for the past 13 years working in a range of varying roles including working for Allans Billy Hyde Music (as Marketing and Publicity Coordinator), Crucial Music (working for Rae Harvey as her Publicity & Marketing manager) & at 774 ABC Melbourne (as the local radio PR & Marketing Coordinator).
Victoria Sweetie Zamora is Head Of Labels & Promotions at Remote Control Records. Sweetie has managed campaigns for artists including Adele, Courtney Barnett, Methyl Ethel, Queens of The Stone Age, The xx, The National, Donny Benet, Sui Zhen and many more. She is the main point of contact for Remote Control’s local and international artists, managers and label partners (Beggars Group, Omnian Music Group, Milk! Records, Barely Dress Records + more) and also works with the full Remote Control team to organise release planning, strategy and PR campaigns. Since 2007 Sweetie has worked for the likes of Bossy Music, Laneway Festival, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and Warner Music Australia. She also plays bass guitar and is a Ken Done enthusiast.
TOM LARNACH-JONES (MILK! RECORDS)
Tom Larnach-Jones has had a varied career in music; initially working at Shock Records in 1993 as an International Buyer, then in International Licensing before becoming Australian Label Manager. In 1997 Tom founded ARIA award winning independent label Trifekta Records. Releasing 60 titles over the course of 10 years, Trifekta was at times the home to Architecture in Helsinki, The Avalanches, The Go-Betweens, Art of Fighting and many more local and overseas favourites.
Tom has made a substantial contribution to live music; initially working as the Melbourne side-show coordinator for the Big Day Out. He went on to book at venues Revolver Upstairs, The Toff in Town, The Gasometer and The Croxton Bandroom. Tom has taught music business at AIM and Collarts as well as working in Writer Services at APRA AMCOS.
In early 2019 Tom took over the role of Label Manager from Jen Cloher at much loved Melbourne label Milk! Records. He also manages Melbourne artists June Jones & Art of Fighting and teaches the subject ‘Label’ at Melbourne Polytechnic as part of their Bachelor of Songwriting & Music Production.