Adam Townsend is the Director of Writer Services at APRA AMCOS, overseeing and managing the teams that look all songwriter and composer members here in Australia, and around the world. Adam previously held the position as UK and Europe APRA AMCOS Representative, a role he has developed for almost 10 years before returning to Australia in 2023 to take on his current position


Adrian Collette is Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Federal Government’s principal arts investment, development and advisory body.

In his previous role as Vice-Principal (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne, Mr Collette was responsible for the development of the University’s Engagement strategy. His portfolio also included the oversight of the University’s museums and galleries and its many cultural sector partnerships.

Previously, Mr Collette held the position of Chief Executive of Opera Australia, Australia’s largest performing arts company for 16 years. He also worked in book publishing for a decade, including as Managing Director, Reed Books Australia, a Division of Reed Elsevier.

He has served on the Australia Council Board and was a member of the Sydney Grammar School’s Council. He is also a Life Member of Live Performance Australia.

He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to the performing arts particularly through executive roles with Opera Australia, as a mentor to young artists, to publishing and to the community.


The music business is filled with artists trying to find their sound and their place in the industry, but for newcomer Aleksiah, the journey to music was born out of the need to express herself and the emotions she experienced. The result is music that’s a combination of whimsy and reality, light and dark.

Growing up in the Western suburbs of Adelaide, Aleksiah was exposed in her early life to a wide range of genres, including Fleetwood Mac and Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Today, she is inspired by artists including Maggie Rogers and Maddison Cunningham.

Her love for singing R&B and Gospel, combined with discovering folk and indie music, shaped her music. Her fans are an essential part of her music career, and she loves talking to them on social media. She recently launched her live touring career supporting indie heroes, Lime Cordiale.

Aleksiah’s music is a unique blend of different styles, and she is not afraid to show her authentic self to her fans. With her determination, honesty, and passion for music, Aleksiah is making a name for herself in the industry, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.


Andrew Khedoori is the manager of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Amrap initiative where he oversees the distribution of new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide, where listenership and interest in new Australian music is at their highest levels ever.

Amrap has also produced various projects, including First Sounds in collaboration with First Nations Media Australia, a series providing resources and pathways to airplay for First Nations music artists; On The Road Again with Creative Victoria – a series of live music events curated by community radio around Victoria – and Global Beat: Australia, a radio series showcasing diverse and contemporary Australian music on influential LA radio station KCRW.


Annabelle is the CEO of ARIA and PPCA. She came to the music industry in February 2021 following a 16-year career in television at Network 10 where she most recently held the role of Chief Operating Officer looking after a range of functions including operations, corporate and government affairs, and strategy.

Prior to Network 10, she spent several years working in government including four years in senior political roles for then Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon. Richard Alston AO. 

She is a Council Member of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and was previously a board member of Save the Children Australia, Freeview Australia, and Free TV Australia. In 2019 Annabelle was invited to participate in the McKinsey Remarkable Women Program. 

Annabelle has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the Australian National University. 


Andrew Stone is co-founder and CEO of Chugg Music, an award winning management company, record label and music publishing organisation. Alongside Michael Chugg, he is the manager for Australian artists, Lime Cordiale, Sheppard, Teenage Dads, Mia Rodriguez, Mason Watts, and Casey Barnes. Andrew is also head and co-founder of City Pop Records. 

Chugg Music artists have received multiple #1 album and #1 single certifications, as well as Gold and Platinum sales in over 25 countries. 

Andrew is a current AIR Board member and executive member of the Association of Artist Managers.


Bambi O’Kelly is an online marketing specialist and co-founder of SODA Music Group, a business dedicated to developing and supporting the growth of Australia’s best new artists.

SODA was founded from a combined passion for connecting artists to their communities. Working as a social media manager and campaign specialist across tours and albums for some of Australia’s most dynamic artists, businesses and venues – Bambi has found a passion for fandom development, Tiktok, live streaming and sustainable content creation.


Bonnie Dalton is the Senior Manager for Contemporary Music at Creative Victoria, the state government body dedicated to championing, growing and supporting Victoria’s creative industries. She previously served as the General Manager of the Victorian Music Development Office, where she developed and delivered a range programs, events and research to support Victoria’s music businesses.

Prior to the VMDO, Bonnie ran her own artist management company, Minnow & Co, for more than a decade, gaining valuable insights and experience locally and internationally. As Director of Minnow & Co, Bonnie guided the careers of artists such as Little Red, Ali Barter, Oscar Dawson, The Vasco Era, and Husky. During that time, she also produced festivals and events including Melbourne’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Low Light Queenscliff and House Of Vans, following management roles at both The Falls Festival and Lunatic Entertainment.


Blake Rayner is the General Manager of the Australian & New Zealand team at The Orchard, a full-service music distribution company operating in more than 45 cities worldwide. Blake has almost 20 years of experience in domestic and international marketing strategy, music business development, artist management, A&R and touring. 


Cam Price is Senior Marketing Manager at Xelon Entertainment. He previously spent seven years at Sony Music Australia where he serviced triple j and led the Content and Digital Marketing team across the roster of local, international and legacy artists.

He started a digital marketing and promo business in 2016 working in and outside of music with clients including Wonderlick, Sweat It Out/Central Station Records, Sony Music and Universal Music.

Prior to it being sold he was Director of Community and Talent at Mumbrella award-winning start-up PlayersVoice working on content strategy with Sam Kerr, Nick Kyrgios and Pat Cummins among other athletes. Cam recently moved back to Sydney with his young family after an extended hiatus in rural QLD.


Cara Williams has been working in the Australian music industry for more than 17 years, specialising in the fields of campaign management, marketing, promotions, strategic communications and artist management.

In 2019 she founded Slow Clap, a promo and artist management company that works with local and international artists, record labels and music companies to deliver multichannel marketing and communication campaigns while guiding emerging artists in developing comprehensive marketing and content strategies to complement their release.

She also manages the careers of pub-rock outfit Private Function, and rising art-punks Gut Health.


Cath Andersen is the Chief Executive at the New Zealand Music Commission Te Reo Reka O Aotearoa, the New Zealand government-funded organisation focused on supporting a thriving New Zealand music sector – culturally, economically, and globally. The hub of NZ Music Month, the Music Commission also delivers contemporary music programmes in schools; provides music upskilling tools, resources and the nationwide music Industry Internship Programme; is the key funder for Independent Music NZ and the Music Managers Forum Aotearoa; and runs the export New Zealand music export office, including international initiative Outward Sound focused on taking NZ music to the world.


Cath has worked with some of Australia’s most successful artists as a manager and in record labels.

In 2021 she stepped into the role of CEO at the Australian Music Centre as well as running her Artist and Producer management roster which includes Jebediah, Frente and Anna Laverty. 

She has actively advocated for managers and their artists as the Executive Director of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM), is a former Chairperson of the organisation as well as a current Board Member. She’s also a founding Director of the Music Producers and Engineers Guild. 

Cath is a past Board member of Music Victoria and Support Act, as well as the Community Broadcasting Foundation


Chelsea learned her FPS and GLHF before her ABCs. With 5+ years in digital marketing and a background in gaming/entertainment, she led campaigns with some of the biggest names in alternative music and the gaming industry.

She expertly guides non-endemics to achieve extraordinary results through creative and authentic campaigns.


Colin Keenan has been a booking agent at ATC Live for 10 years, representing artists including Passenger, Jamie Webster, Glen Hansard, Gregory Alan Isakov and more. On top of his agency work, he’s also the head of ATC Lives Glasgow office.


Currently working across Mushroom Group’s label division, Daniel oversees marketing efforts on record labels I OH YOU, Soothsayer, 100s + 1000s and occasionally expanding further into other labels within the group, as well as Mushroom’s touring and e-commerce side of the business.

In this role, Daniel gets to fuse his passion for
all things music, events, tech, strategy and creative, and specialise in creating tailor-made strategies to help our artists launch successful campaigns, in creative and memorable ways for both fans and artists alike.


David is the founder of Media Arts Lawyers and Australia’s preeminent music lawyer. With over 25 years of experience dealing in all facets of entertainment law, David represents many high-profile musicians, celebrities and entertainment companies.

In addition, he oversees the firm’s general commercial practice and in the last five years, he has concluded over A$100M in mergers and acquisitions including sales of entertainment businesses, festivals and sports tournaments.

A passionate advocate for local music and creative industries, David chairs the board of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), is a board member of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), and a past board member of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).


Dean Ormston is the Chief Executive of APRA AMCOS, Australia and New Zealand’s largest music industry organisation with over 115,000 members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. 

Dean has worked with APRA AMCOS for over 20 years and across all key areas of the organisation. He has led advocacy with Federal and State Governments for the recognition and support of creators’ rights and the potential of the local music industry as a key economic and cultural asset that drives exports and educational outcomes across the country. Under Dean’s leadership, the business set a record net distributable revenue result exceeding the half-billion mark for the first time.

Dean coordinated and lead cross-sector advocacy relating to COVID-19, the economic contribution of the Australian music industry, the establishment of Music Australia, local content, the potential of tax offsets in rebuilding a sustainable live music sector, the moon-shot opportunity for Australia to become a net exporter of music, and most recently the opportunity and threat of AI to creative industries. Dean and APRA AMCOS continue to be a leading voice in industry discussions addressing gender equity, safety, diversity and inclusion in the Australian contemporary music industry.


Dom Alessio is the Digital Export Producer for Sounds Australia. Dom’s role is to drive the digital strategy of Australia’s export office, as well as identify international opportunities for Australian artists and industry in the digital space. He’s also a regular guest on ABC Radio, occasionally a DJ and partial to hosting a music trivia night.

For eight years Dom was the host of Home & Hosed on triple j, Australia’s national youth radio station. Starting in 2009, he presented and programmed the show, Monday to Thursday at 9pm, introducing audiences to the future of Australian music. Dom was an early supporter of artists such as Flume, Courtney Barnett, Boy & Bear, Methyl Ethel, Meg Mac, Julia Jacklin, Remi, Sampa The Great, D.D. Dumbo, Gang Of Youths, Alex Lahey and countless others.

Dom’s career began as a freelance music writer in 2005 before joining Sydney’s weekly music street press magazine The Brag as their Arts & Assistant Editor in mid-2006. It was during this period that Dom co-founded the first music blog solely dedicated to Australian music, Who The Bloody Hell Are They.


Dylan Adams is the Head Of Audio at MIK Studios. He is an ARIA Award-nominated recording engineer, producer, mix engineer, podcast producer, advertising creative, and audio specialist.

During his stewardship at MIK he has overseen the production of podcasts including Who is Daniel Johns?, The Inspired Unemployed, Full Credit and I Catch Killers. He has recently launched MIK Made, which is a full-service podcast publisher and network. Titles include Motive & Method, Two Broke Chicks, The Tom & Frenchy Podcast and many more.

He has also produced albums for countless music artists that include DMA’s, Skegss, Sticky Fingers, Little May and West Thebarton to name just a few, accruing over a billion streams on Spotify and earning multiple gold and platinum records.


Dylan Pellett has worked across the New Zealand music industry for the last 28 years, in touring, music synchronisation, creative execution, for independent labels Flying Nun Records and Festival Mushroom Records and now for over a decade at Independent Music NZ.

In this IMNZ role, Dylan has spoken at conferences in various countries (Canada, UK, Brazil, Australia, Chile) to represent the independent NZ music sector and maintain our creative visibility abroad.

Dylan currently serves on the Worldwide Independent Network board, as ROW Observer and he executive produces the Taite Music Prize and Going Global Music Summit.


Dylan Visser is the Group Financial Accountant at UNIFIED Music Group, seamlessly blending his fervent passion for music with his adeptness with numbers and financial operating expertise.

Beyond his financial responsibilities, Dylan assumes the role of a dedicated environmental leader, driving the implementation of UNIFIED’s Green Action Plan. He energetically believes in the significance of even the smallest actions and is diligently championing the reduction of UNIFIED Music Group’s environmental footprint.

Whilst early days, Dylan has started the conversation in how the company can continue to embrace practices such as energy conservation and responsible sourcing, paving the way for a sustainable future.


Ed Sholl is the VP Recordings at Future Classic, based in Sydney Australia. 

Ed cut his teeth in the music industry as a blogger and independent band manager, then at Universal Music Australia, before joining Future Classic in 2012. 

Ed’s current role at Future Classic involves overseeing the creation, funding and release of FC recordings repertoire, running global marketing and release campaigns as well as developing the label’s digital distribution relationships and infrastructure. He also runs the recording business’ financials and oversees the budget for each project signed to Future Classic. 

Career highlights to date include managing Flume’s recording campaigns from 2012’s debut album to this year’s Hi This Is Flume mixtape which culminated in Flume’s highest-ever streaming audience, executive produced its accompanying 42-minute Hi This Is Flume mixtape visualiser, running the album campaign for SOPHIE’s Grammy-nominated 2018 album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, Chet Faker’s debut album Built on Glass, building a new direct-to-service distribution infrastructure in 2019 and celebrating 10 years of Flume with two drops of unreleased Flume material (Things Don’t Always Go The Way You Plan and Arrived Anxious Left Bored) and a sold-out Forum in Los Angeles. Since coming to Future Classic in 2012, Ed has headed up the label and publishing department that has seen tremendous growth and success with the growing artist roster bringing in 1 Grammy win, 4 Grammy nominations, 15 ARIA wins and 35 nominations, 10 gold, 5 platinum and 3 multiplatinum albums and many platinum and gold singles. 

Ed relocated to Los Angeles in 2018 to open Future Classic’s Los Angeles office and studio, before returning to Australia in 2021.


Emily Collins is the Interim Head of Sound NSW, the new music office being set up in Create NSW to drive contemporary music development and growth. Previously Emily was Managing Director of MusicNSW, the state body for contemporary music in NSW.


Emma Bosworth is an accomplished Brisbane singer-songwriter and music project manager.

An integral team member for the national not-for-profit organisation Green Music Australia (GMA), Emma works closely with a core group of musicians and music industry to bring awareness to the environmental impact of our industry and the destruction of our climate.

At GMA, Emma heads the Green Action Program, an 8-week training program to help music businesses understand, monitor and improve their environmental impact. She’s also developed with technical partners, iSystain, Amidesi – an Australian music industry-wide tool to track its environmental and social impact.

She is also the founder of songwriter’s retreat now in its fifth year, Wild Mountains Songs, a project that reconnects established mid-career artists to nature to create new works.


Emma Kindred from City of Adelaide’s Arts & Culture team has worked in artist support and advocacy roles for the past 10 years for local organisations Carclew, Music SA and WOMADelaide, with the prior five years in Sydney as an Artist and Label Manager for One Louder Entertainment working with artists Paul Kelly, Sarah Blasko, Kev Carmody and Clare Bowditch.

Emma has served on the Boards of AIR, National Live Music Awards and Three D Radio, founded local record label Part Time Records and continues to champion and support independent artists in her current role.

Bringing her experience as a peer assessor on grants panels for Australia Council for the Arts, Arts South Australia and Music Development Office, Emma now oversees the case management for City of Adelaide’s Arts & Cultural grants.


Esther’s experience in the Spotify Artist & Label Partnerships team spans over four years, currently working with Indie Labels and Distributors in Australia and New Zealand. During this time she has worked on marketing rollouts for the likes of Flume, Miiesha and grentperez, and manages the EQUAL program aimed at elevating and promoting women artists. 

As a self-proclaimed ‘old soul’, she also helped in the formation of our Global Catalogue Division, catering to the specific marketing needs of legacy releases.Previously, she worked in the sales department of Shazam and freelanced as a graphic designer. 

As a visual artist prior to this, she found inspiration in album storytelling, and continues to utilise her passion and expertise in digital marketing to help artists tell their stories effectively through Spotify.


Fiona has worked in various roles across the Australian music industry; including record labels, marketing agencies and in events. Her current role is Label Manager at ABC Music, looking after the alternative/indie and adult contemporary roster, alongside triple j releases. Fiona previously held roles in digital sales, marketing and strategy at ABC Music. In that time she has worked with a broad array of artists including, Dami Im, Katie Wighton, The Wiggles, Emily Wurramara, William Crighton, Kate Ceberano, Baby Velvet, Lee Kernaghan and more.

In 2021 Fiona was named in The Music Network’s 30 Under 30 List.

Fiona is passionate about environmental sustainability; first having made a series of changes in her personal life to reduce her carbon footprint, then taking that passion into her work. Fiona leads ABC Music’s involvement in the Green Action Program and is working with her peers to implement changes in the record labels’ business practices and culture.


Gareth is a student of festivals and venues and has worked in the events, live music and hospitality industries for over 20 years. Having managed and booked clubs, graduating to owning multiple venues and, through General Admission Entertainment, helping bring dozens of major touring festivals to life in Adelaide including Parklife, Soundwave, FOMO and Groovin’ The Moo whilst curating many of their own events.

Gareth is co-owner and head booker of the recently SA Music Hall of Fame inducted UniBar ADL and co-founder, Booker and Event Director of Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival, now the largest hybrid event of its type in Australia. In 2023 Gareth has taken on a new role with MusicSA as Program Manager and leads the delivery of a number of MusicSA’s public-facing events.


Genna Alexopoulos is the founder of Super Duper, a Naarm/Melbourne-based music publicity and consulting company. She has led PR strategy for artists including Alex the Astronaut, Camp Cope, Jaguar Jonze and Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, and programs with Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall, National Geographic, Zoos Victoria, Taronga Zoo and more.

She is a mentor to young people in the music industry through the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), a member of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM), and a Workshop Facilitator with The Push.


Guy Blackman is one of the two driving forces behind Chapter Music, one of Australia’s longest-running independent record labels, which he began in 1992 at the age of 17.

Chapter has a catalogue of around 200 releases from artists such as Laura Jean, Gregor, Sweet Whirl, NO ZU, The Goon Sax, Twerps, Dick Diver, Beaches and many more. Tone Deaf has called Chapter “almost unequivocally the most treasured record label in Australia”, while Rolling Stone called us “one of Australia’s most enduring and popular independent labels.”

Pitchfork ran a feature on Chapter in 2018 entitled “Where to Start With Chapter Music, the Australian Label Behind 25 Years of Great Indie Pop,” saying the “label boasts a rich discography that is often gentle but rarely weak.” Chapter’s mission statement is to bring great Australian artists to international attention. A queer-run label, Chapter is committed to being queer, female and people of colour friendly.

Chapter won Best Independent Label at the 2019 AIR Awards.

Guy has also maintained his own musical presence as a solo artist. He has shared stages with artists such as Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan, Vashti Bunyan, John Grant, Owen Pallett, Jens Lekman and The Chills.


Jake Taylor is the lead vocalist & manager of the Australian ARIA-nominated band In Hearts Wake.
The band has four top 5 ARIA records, over 100,000 records sold worldwide, and countless world tours under their belts. In Hearts Wake are the first band to create a carbon offset album and officially become a certified carbon-neutral organisation.

Taylor is also the founder of Earthwalker Camp, an environmentally conscious brand that teaches natural survival skills and plants trees for every item sold. To date, they have planted over 20,100 trees across Africa, India & Australia.

Having written, produced and directed the carbon offset feature documentary Green Is the New Black, as well as directing the multi-award winning short film titled ‘Pub_Talk’, Jake continues to broaden his craft of story-telling through his visual production company Wide Angle Vision.


Jaime is Managing Director of independent music publisher Concord Music Publishing ANZ (formerly Native Tongue), overseeing offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

He is Chair of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS) and a Director of the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) and the Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited (AMPAL).

Jaime has a double bachelor’s degree (Business Marketing & Management – Monash University) and worked in artist management at Mayday Management and music licensing at Mana Music before joining Native Tongue in 2005.


Jess Searle is the Publicist at beloved indie label Remote Control Records who represent a conglomerate of labels in Australia including Rough Trade, XL Recordings, Young, Matador, 4ad, as well as their own imprints Dot Dash and Pointer Recordings alongside local label Milk! Records and more.

Jess studied a Bachelor of Entertainment Business leading to a role with her PR teacher. She then went on to head up Collected PR – a music PR agency – working on campaigns for the likes of Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, KLP, Thandi Phoenix and Wine Machine.

In recent years she dipped her toes into the fashion and lifestyle PR space before returning to her true calling in the music industry with a new set of contacts and shoes.

Day to day she manages the strategy and implementation of promotional activities for the likes of Queens of The Stone Age, The National, Spoon, Jamie xx, Yaeji and King Krule, and locally Courtney Barnett, Telenova, Jen Cloher, Memphis LK, Gena Rose Bruce and more.


Johann Ponniah is the founder of the Australian music company I OH YOU, which was spawned from a Melbourne house party in 2009 that was held to pay off some overdue utility bills for the share house he was living in at the time. I OH YOU is the record label for artists such as DMA’S, Confidence Man, Violent Soho, Jack River etc, the Australian tour promoter for acts such as Pavement, Dry Cleaning, Channel Tres, Kelsey Lu, Empress Of, Alex G etc and also the promoters of ‘Out Of Bounds’, a festival based in Campbelltown, NSW. Johann is also a co-founder of Converge Management, which looks after acts and producers such as Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Fazerdaze, Konstantin Kersting & Scott Horscroft.


Acclaimed multi-ARIA Award-winning acoustic troubadour Josh Pyke is one of Australia’s most respected and successful musicians, with an extensive career that has taken him across the country and around the world.

Josh has released 5 ARIA top ten solo albums and won 4 ARIA’s in a career that has spanned over 12 years.

Most recently, Pyke realised a long-held dream in early 2015 when he played two special Sold Out shows at the Sydney Opera House backed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The live recordings of this performance were released in 2016 and had 3 weeks at #1 on the ARIA Classical charts, and went on to win an ARIA in the 2016 ARIA awards.

Josh has always used his public position to remain a staunch advocate for the arts. With his work as an ambassador for APRA/AMCOS, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, as well as his own project for young musicians, The Josh Pyke Partnership, Pyke has endeavoured to not only raise funds and awareness for the arts but offer his insights and mentorship from his experience as a working musician.

Josh was elected as Artist Representative to the PPCA Board in early 2016,  has been re-elected at the conclusion of each two-year term, and in early 2023 was appointed PPCA Chair.


Jules LeFevre is a music journalist and writer with more than a decade of experience in the industry. She began her career as a freelance music journalist working across publications like Rolling Stone, Vice, Mess + Noise, and The Big Issue before becoming a staff writer at inthemix and FasterLouder in 2016. 

She subsequently became the editor of Music Junkee in 2018, growing it into one of the biggest music brands in Australia. Jules then became the editor of the flagship Junkee website in 2021 and was later promoted to Head of Content across various Junkee Media brands. After finishing up at Junkee in 2022, she’s now a regular feature and review writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, alongside other freelance copywriting and artist biography work. 

Jules is also the co-host of the popular weekly radio show The Tuckshop on 2SER.


Based in Naarm, Melbourne, Kirsty is currently the Head of Music for the Australia Council ( soon to be Creative Australia) . Highly regarded as a music sector expert and strategist, Kirsty is a creative force who synthesises industry knowledge and sector development understanding into projects that seamlessly connect people and facilitate outcomes.

Prior to the Australia Council, she oversaw the Victorian State Government’s 2016 groundbreaking Music Works program. At Creative Victoria she was responsible for ground-breaking policy development of music programs that responded to industry needs and opportunities as well as new delivery within funding and investment profiles stimulating extensive growth and development positioning Victoria policy as best practice. During this period she delivered the Australian Music Vault, the Music Market, the establishment of the Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) and delivered the first southern hemisphere Music Cities convention in 2018.

Her extensive experience in music and music policy-making also includes over a decade as National Manager for Writer Services at APRA AMCOS and roles within music retail and recorded music companies.  She established sector-changing opportunities such as the Lighthouse Award, Fast Track Fellowships, the One of One breakfast, Songwriter Speaks, The Music Crawl, The Live Music Professionals program, Music and Games, founder of Music Victoria and the Victorian Music Development Office and Vice Chair of PBS, The Push and Music Victoria.

Kirsty’s work is informed by her commitment to the centrality of the artist, and she is a long-term champion of the role of women and diverse communities in the sector, new market development and cross-sector partnerships for music.

Kirsty has been acknowledged multiple times by the music community as one of the annual Top 50 Most Influential People in Music.


Kris Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of QMusic, the statewide representative body for Queensland’s music industry.  Here, Kris oversees events such as BIGSOUND, Australia’s largest music industry event; the Queensland Music Awards; Valley Fiesta; and industry development programs that assist music businesses across our state.

Prior to QMusic, Kris served as Artistic Director of Brisbane Powerhouse and was the founder of events such as the New York Musical Theatre Festival, The Sydney Fringe Festival, Curiocity Brisbane, the Festival of Voices and New Musicals Australia.

At Brisbane Powerhouse, Kris created the Wonderland Festival, IRL Digital Festival Queensland Cabaret Festival and MELT Queer Culture Festival and headed a number of key events, including the Brisbane Comedy Festival, the Australian Performing Arts Market, and the World Theatre Festival.

He produced the musical [title of show] on Broadway and is an alumnus of the Australia Council Leadership Program, the New York Commercial Theatre Institute, The Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. 

Recipient of the Sir Keith Murdoch Prize for Leadership and Innovation, the Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship, Qantas Australian Tourism Award and the Jujamcyn NYC Theatres Award, Kris was a recent Board Member of PAC Australia, Queensland Conservatorium Advisory Board, and the Stage Queensland Executive Committee and continues to serve on the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board and on the Qld Community Benefit Fund.


Lars Brandle has reported at the frontline of the international music industry for over 20 years.

A former musician, Lars joined the American music trade “bible” Billboard in 2000 and went on to serve as Global News Editor, based in London. Now Billboard’s Australia correspondent and senior writer with The Brag Media, Lars has appeared on CNN, the BBC and ABC, American Public Media and South Africa’s EastCoast Radio, and he has spoken at Midem in Cannes, Music Matters in Singapore, Amsterdam Dance Event, London’s City Showcase and at industry gatherings on both sides of the Tasman.

His works have been published by Reuters, Media Week, Spin, and The Hollywood Reporter, and he has been featured as a pundit in the Australian Financial Review, Business Review Weekly and Britain’s The Independent.


Laura Vozzo is a global entertainment industry professional with more than 15 years of experience in some of the world’s biggest media and entertainment companies across music, live events, film, and television.

She’s held senior positions in companies such as MTV Networks Australia and NZ, Foxtel Music Channels and Universal Pictures, leading marketing, communications, and partnerships strategy in key markets around the world. In this time, Laura has played a pivotal role in creating defining pop culture moments which include the launch of MTV New Zealand, the award-winning MTV Welcome Snoop Campaign; led world premieres and international talent tours for feature films such as Cobain Montage of Heck, I Am Ali, Les Misérables and Billy Elliot the Musical Live and led communications and talent management for multiple live music and broadcast events such as the MTV Australia Awards.

Since 2019 Laura has been leading the South Australian Government’s Music Development Office, a specialist government office with the remit to support the growth of the contemporary music industry in South Australia. Working closely with national and local industry, Laura drives the government’s strategy to support the music industry through the MDO’s support framework. She led one of the first Covid 19 response packages in the country administering more than $9 million dollars in support funding to185 artists and music businesses. This contributed to ensuring the South Australian music industry was able to withstand the hardships of the pandemic.

Today Laura lives and works on Kaurna country enjoying her young family and life in the Adelaide Hills.


Lorrae McKenna is the owner/director of Melbourne-based record label and management collective Our Golden Friend. Lorrae originally set up the label in December 2015 to pursue her love of Australian music, put her years of industry experience to good use and as an outlet for her love of golden Labradors. 

Our Golden Friend’s current management roster includes Bonnie Knight (Producer), Chitra, Elizabeth, ENOLA, Georgia Maq, Good Morning & RVG. 

The Our Golden Friend label roster currently consists of 808s & Greatest Hits, Elizabeth, Peak Twins, Chitra, Way Dynamic, Moonlover & Poppongene.  


Luke Million a.k.a. ‘The Synth Lord’ is an Artist and Producer from Adelaide, South Australia. For over 10 years, Luke has shared his love of vintage synthesizers and drum machines, beaming their analog waveforms over radio stations and dance floors across the world. Luke crafted his own “Future Retro, Cosmic, Disco-Pop” sound with releases such as “Arnold”, “Heard it On The Radio”, “Light & Sound” and his wildly popular remix of the “Stranger Things Theme”.

Luke is an accomplished musician and producer, crafting 22 remixes for artists such as The Kite String Tangle, Duke Dumont and Client Liaison. He has also lent his production and mixing skills to I Know Leopard, Wanderers, Everchange, Kuya James and Vast Hill as well as being a founding member of The Swiss.

Luke has performed over 200 shows with appearances at festivals such as ‘Splendour in the Grass’, ‘Beyond The Valley’, ‘Lost Paradise’ and ‘Big Pineapple’. In recent years there has been expansion into Asia, NZ, Europe and the US with notable support for Hayden James and Client Liaison.

Luke’s presence in the industry has also extended to various mentor programs and writing camps. Programs include APRA Songhubs, the Fresh 92.7 and MDO Producer Series, the Helpmann Elevate Mentorship program and the Robert Stigwood Fellowship which Luke was an inaugural recipient in 2015.


Lynne Small has been with ARIA and PPCA since 1996 and currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for both organisations.

Lynne is a CPA, holds an MBA from the AGSM, and previously spent seven years with Festival Records.

Lynne is also a Director and Vice Chair of the Australian Copyright Council, and Co-Chair of the music industry benevolent fund Support Act Ltd.


Mardi Caught has a weight of global and domestic experience under her belt, operating as a leader in the music industry for the better part of nearly 30 years. The list is long, but across her career, Mardi’s held multiple senior executive positions within Warner, EMI and Sony – both in Australia and the UK. In the early ‘00s, she took a little diversion into broadcasting, sitting in the role of Vice President of Talent and Music at MTV UK. During her time there, she served as a judge for the Mercury Music Prize and also the BBC Sound of 2006. In 2009, she returned to Australia to start the juggle of working mum and major label executive.

Mardi established The Annex in 2018 to continue to focus on her love of artist development. In that time, the company has worked on groundbreaking campaigns for a range of artists including Lime Cordiale, Bluey, Genesis Owusu, Matt Corby, Melanie C, Tash Sultana, Alice Ivy, Royal Otis and Hiatus Kaiyote. The Annex was awarded TMN Tinnies award for Music Marketing Business of the Year (2021).


Marion leads Music Partnerships for YouTube AU/NZ, working closely with artists, management companies, record labels and industry bodies to represent music culture locally and bring it to a global stage.


Maria Amato is the CEO of AIR and WIN Executive Board member and Treasurer. Amato has worked in the arts and not-for-profit sector for over 25 years and is recognised as a change agent specialising in finance management and leadership.

Elected as the first female and first person from the Southern hemisphere to chair the board of WIN as part of its annual rotation in Feb 2022, Amato was then elected as treasurer in Feb 2023 and continues to serve as a member of WIN’s executive committee. Maria is also an Anchor Board member for the Reeperbahn Festival and has held non-executive director positions for the Adelaide UNESCO City Of Music, the Australian Institute of Music, and Music Victoria.

As CEO of AIR, Amato is responsible for the overall management and financial reporting of the organisation including all commercial partnerships and events, advocacy and government relations. She also heads AIR’s Women In Music mentor program, aimed at empowering women in the Australian music industry to progress their careers and leadership aspirations.


Millie honed her experience and entry into the music industry in 1995 as the Entertainment Manager for Macquarie University Union before going on to hold executive positions with both MusicNSW and the Association of Artist Managers (AAM).

Prior to becoming the foundation employee with Sounds Australia, Millie also spent a decade working in Artist Management and booked two of Australia’s most iconic live music venues – The Hopetoun and The Annandale Hotel.

In 2004 and updated again in 2009, Millie was commissioned by the Canadian Consulate General, Sydney to write The Southern Compass: A “How To” Guide to Touring Australia & New Zealand – a handbook for export-ready Canadian artists.

Millie has held Board positions with MusicNSW, FBi Radio, the Australasian Association of Campus Activities (AACA), Arts Training NSW and is currently a Director at Australia’s music charity, Support Act.

In 2017 Millie graduated from Harvard Business School, Executive Education (Business of Entertainment, Media and Sport) and in 2018 and again in 2021 was invited to be one of the 5 Australian judges for Eurovision.


Natalie V. Dávila is the Marketing Director for American independent record label, Polyvinyl Record Co., where she works with a roster of over 40 artists, including Alvvays, Julia Jacklin, American Football, Good Morning, Jeff Rosenstock, Momma, Yumi Zouma, Laura Jane Grace, and Squirrel Flower, plus an extensive catalogue of over 400 releases.

Currently based in Austin, Texas, Natalie brings 15 years of experience in the music industry, ranging from show promotion, talent buying and festival programming, to her current label work that primarily focuses on A&R & creative album campaign planning. Prior to moving to the label side, she was a Booking Coordinator in Chicago for Paradigm Talent Agency (fka The Windish Agency) and the Programming Director for 35 Denton Music Festival in North Texas.


Natalie Waller is the Head of ABC Music and Events at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), one of Australia’s largest and longest-running independent music labels.

In 2023, Natalie celebrates 25 years working at ABC Music including more than 10 years at the helm of the label. ABC Music operates under the commercial arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, so Natalie’s role helps invest profits back into funding ABC content.
Working closely with some of Australia’s biggest artists, Natalie has steered the ABC Music label to unprecedented success with the triple j brand across initiatives such as Like A Version. She has successfully led the ABC Music team through a variety of local music signings across one of the most diverse ranges of genres in the Australian music industry.

Natalie’s contribution to ABC Music has helped the label win 136 ARIA Awards since 1974 and achieve multiple ARIA Chart #1 albums and dozens of Golden Guitar Awards.
In 2021, Natalie was unanimously elected as the Chair of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and is a Director on the Country Music Association board (CMA) in the United States. Natalie previously served for four years as the Vice Chair of the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA).

Natalie’s commitment to supporting women in the music industry has led to her volunteer role as a mentor in the AIR Women in Music program.

On a personal note, Natalie’s Sydney-based role as mum to her fur babies Archie and Gypsy and her lifelong love of dogs fuels her ongoing commitment to support the RSPCA.


Nathan Wood is a Senior Artist and Labels Partnerships Manager for TikTok’s music team in AUNZ. He works with independent artists to leverage TikTok’s capabilities for successful artist promotion through content creation, as well as assist them in their overall release campaigns. He has more than 16 years music industry experience across PR, A&R, Artist Management, Marketing & Content Creation.


Neeta is Executive Director of Folk Alliance International, the leading and largest organization for the promotion, preservation and presentation of folk music globally (which produces the world’s largest annual folk music conference as well as the International Folk Music Awards).

Neeta also serves as President of Music Managers Forum – US (MMF-US), a Global Co-Chair for Women in Music, Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force for the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries, and Co-Founder of NPREX (National Performing Rights Exchange). Based out of New York City, Neeta has been an attorney and music business professional for over 30 years, serving as a strategic advisor, business development resource, and legal counsel to entertainment, nonprofit, and tech industry clients.

Prior to her position as ED of FAI, Neeta was Senior Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs for Global Citizen, founding head of artist-label relations and legal counsel for SoundExchange, VP of Biz Dev/Legal for Tunesat, Asst. General Counsel for The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra Association, and a former board governor for 10+ years for The Recording Academy (the Grammy organization). Neeta also currently serves on the advisory boards of IMMF (International Music Managers Forum), Gritty in Pink, All About Music and SXSW Conference. Neeta has served as speaker at over 400 music industry conferences re: the global music business, legal, and copyright topics, as well as Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility, elimination of bias, and women’s leadership and empowerment.


Nicholas Pickard is one of Australia’s leading creative and cultural industry policy experts and advocates. He is currently Executive Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations at APRA AMCOS. Prior to this, he was the Director Corporate Affairs for Copyright Agency.

A former theatre director, arts journalist and critic, Nicholas was an arts adviser to ministers in state and federal government and was central to the team that created the 2013 National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia.

Nicholas is a board member of Screen Australia and the outgoing Chair of the Australian Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.


Nicole Hart’s accomplishments include holding leadership positions at major record companies like BMG Records and Sony Music. In 2006, she launched Revolutions Per Minute PR, a thriving communications business that has served both multinational and independent organisations and artists, with exceptional results.

Revolutions Per Minute PR stands out for its strategic approach and unwavering commitment to delivering the best outcomes for clients. The company has a proven track record of managing media relationships with finesse.

Recent projects include the successful “Dreamers Are Waiting” album release and tour for Crowded House, as well as managing tour PR and new music releases for highly acclaimed artists such as Harry Styles, Lizzo, Dua Lipa, Keith Urban, Sting, Rod Stewart, You Am I, Tim Rogers, James Reyne, Fanny Lumsden, Jess Hitchcock, Screaming Jets, and more. The company has also worked closely with ABC Music label over a number of years, notably collaborating on The Wiggles’ Number 1 “Re-wiggled” album last year.

In addition to artist projects, Revolutions Per Minute PR has executed PR for high-profile events, including the prestigious ARIA Awards, ARIA Hall of Fame, ARIA #1 Chart Awards, Wanderer Festival, and Night at The Barracks concert series.

Through their extensive industry experience and genuine passion for the music business, along with an impressive portfolio of achievements, Revolutions Per Minute PR has established itself as a force in the field of communications and public relations.


Noemí Planas is CEO at WIN, the international organisation representing independent music trade associations worldwide. Previously she was a board member of IMPALA, the European Association of independent music companies, and a founder member and Executive Manager of the Spanish Independent Phonographic Union (UFI). She also worked at a record label, coordinated a music festival, did booking and tour managing, and founded her own music publishing company.

The Worldwide Independent Network connects and develops independent music trade associations throughout Australasia, Asia, Europe, North and South America. WIN acts as a global coordination and support body for the independent sector, focusing on its long-term development and sustainability. Our goal is to foster a diverse and vibrant ecosystem where all independent labels have equal access and opportunities.


Parvyn is a Punjabi-Australian singer whose debut solo record ‘Sa’, heralded as a ‘multigenre, multicultural, masterpiece’, was ARIA nominated for ‘Best World Music’ album 2022, the Australian Music Prize, and Best Independent Soul/RnB album in the 2022 AIR Awards.

Parvyn is also known for her work in the psychedelic vintage Bollywood-inspired band The Bombay Royale, and performing globally since childhood with her father Dya Singh.

Parvyn’s current solo project represents a new step in her career and is informed by soul, jazz, and electronica, her background in Sikh devotional music and her training in classical Indian music and dance.


Rob Sevier is the co-founder of The Numero Group, a record label that specializes in rediscovering obscure music from the 1960s through the 1990s. He produced such gospel compilations as Good God! A Gospel Funk HymnalGood God! Apocryphal HymnsSaved & Sanctified: Songs of the Jade label, and Local Customs: Downriver Revival. 

He was also a consultant on the forthcoming Luaka Bop compilation, The Time For Peace Is Now. The Numero Group label has created over 300 unique releases and earned 11 Grammy nominations (6 for Rob personally).

Rob has also produced projects or written liner notes for numerous other labels: Now Again, Drag City, Luaka Bop, Locust Music, Cali-Tex, and Chocolate Industries, amongst others, and sits on NARAS’ Gospel Task Force board.


Simone Ubaldi is co-director of Sundowner Artists and co-manager of internationally acclaimed, three-time ARIA award winners Amyl and The Sniffers. She pursued, developed and managed The Sniffers’ partnerships with Rough Trade/Beggars, Universal Music Publishing, ATC Live and Virgin Music Australia, amongst others, and oversaw The Sniffers’ extensive, strategic international touring and a successful international debut album release pre-Covid. She managed the production and release of The Sniffers’ ARIA #2 album ‘Comfort to Me’ (Top 25 Album Charts in the UK, German, Spain, Top 20 Billboard Physical Sales Chart – USA).

Simone has been co-manager of Grace Cummings since 2020 and oversaw the production and release of her critically-acclaimed sophomore album ‘Storm Queen’. She secured an O1 visa for Grace and oversaw significant international touring in 2022 (including appearances at SXSW, The Great Escape, End of The Road and Transmusicales) and is currently working on the development and delivery of Grace’s third album, produced in LA by Jonathan Wilson (Angel Olsen, Father John Misty, Weyes Blood).

Following Bigsound 2022, Simone signed Girl and Girl to Sundowner Artists and secured live booking agents for the band at ATC Live (UK/EU), Arrival Artists (US) and Billions (Aus). She recently closed an international label deal for Girl and Girl with Sub Pop Records and a local distribution deal with Virgin Music Australia. Simone is currently the band’s debut release with Sub Pop and debut international tour, including an appearance at The Great Escape in May 2023, where her other management clients Baby Cool and Nice Biscuit will also showcase this year.

Simone was named the Australian Association of Artist Managers’ inaugural ‘Manager of the Year’ in 2022 and won the 2023 Lighthouse Award celebrating Australia’s female and non-binary managers. With her partner Andrew, Simone manages Melbourne’s beloved mid-sized venue, The Croxton Bandroom.


Sweetie Zamora is a music industry management professional with over 15 years of experience at independent record labels, music festivals, publicity services and specialist radio.

As Head of Labels & Promotions at Remote Control Records she manages relationships between label partners, artists, managers and external stakeholders. Current label partners include XL Recordings, Matador, Rough Trade, 4AD, Young, Secret City Records, Captured Tracks / Omnian Music Group, Dot Dash Recordings and more. She leads Remote Control’s internal team to deliver the best results for labels, artists, supports their growth and always does so with empathy and understanding.

With over a decade at Remote Control – Sweetie has delivered multiple ARIA #1 Albums as well as Gold and Platinum sellers for the likes of Adele, Courtney Barnett, Radiohead, Queens Of The Stone Age, The xx, The National and more… as well as guiding the careers of beloved local artists including Ngaiire, Donny Benet, Memphis LK, Carla Geneve, Sui Zhen and many others.

In early 2021, she founded Pointer Recordings, her own label imprint, home to Telenova, Glenn Hopper, Jamaica Moana and a number of other genre-bending artists.

Since 2007 Sweetie has worked for the likes of Bossy Music, Laneway Festival, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House, Warner Music Australia and FBi Radio. She is a board member of AIR (Australian Independent Record Label’s Association), plays violin, bass guitar and is a Ken Done enthusiast.


Tahlia has been actively and passionately involved in the music industry for a number of years.

She joined the firm in 2019 having completed her law degree in Perth, WA and draws on a range of different experiences across the music industry including artist management, communications and live performance.

Tahlia is particularly passionate about artist development and empowering artists through the use of legal tools. Tahlia is also an Artist Manager and holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts/Communications and an Advanced Diploma of Music Business.


Tait McGregor is TikTok’s Artist Partnership Specialist for Australia and New Zealand, helping to elevate and export local acts onto the global stage.

She approaches her work as a Gen-Z multi-hyphenate with a background spanning television, radio, entertainment journalism, podcast production, social media editorial and content creation.


Tim Janes is the Managing Director of Virgin Music Australia.

Previously known as Caroline, Virgin is the Label Services Arm of Universal Music. Virgin partners with some of the best independent labels and artists in Australia. International artists include Dave, Trippie Redd, Mac DeMarco, Warpaint, Aitch, Denzel Curry, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Kurt Vile, St Vincent, Internet Money, Soccer Mommy, Christine and The Queens, David Kushner and more. Local artists include Parcels, Amyl and The Sniffers, Chillinit, Floodlights, Skegss, MO’JU, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Marlon Williams, Sampa The Great and more.

Tim has spent over 20 years in the independent distribution space including stints at Cooperative Music and Shock Records.


Vanja has spent over a decade working closely with independent artists. At Spotify, she is responsible for Artist & Label Partnerships, working on global artist development programs such as RADAR.

Prior to joining Spotify, she held the position of Head of Digital at Remote Control Records, where she spearheaded their streaming and digital marketing strategy. Notable names she worked with include Courtney Barnett, Methyl Ethel, Memphis LK, Donny Benet, Telenova, Ngaiire + many more.

In addition, Vanja also represented the esteemed Beggars Group digital catalogue, contributing to the success of multiple chart-topping ARIA albums by acts such as Adele, The xx, and Radiohead.