Music Australia CEO Chris Bowen has announced he will depart at the end of 2017 after five years service. The second CEO in the organisation’s 25 year history, Chris Bowen took over from founder Dr Richard Letts in 2013. During his tenure Chris has overseen a rebranding, introduced new services and digital assets, expanded involvement in contemporary music, instigated a new national conference, and substantially extended Music Australia’s reach.
In 2016 he led a partnership of thirteen peak agencies to produce the first ever national contemporary music plan, providing a national blueprint for industry development. Music Australia’s national school music engagement program Music: Count Us In has grown significantly under his watch with 30 percent of Australian schools now participating.
“Chris has overseen a significant transformation of Music Australia, and has positioned it as a strategic contributor to the development of the sector” said Chair Michael Smellie. “An example is the Contemporary Music Roundtable conference he developed, which has represented a high point in Music Australia’s history”.
“The national overview afforded by this position and the connections with so many talented professionals across the artform has been one of the real privileges of this job.” Chris noted. “A highlight has been the close cooperation forged across multiple music education and contemporary industry bodies. This has strengthened our voice in Canberra and is delivering solid policy outcomes” he said.
“I am indebted to the many people who have so generously given their time and expertise to support Music Australia during my tenure – I thank you all! For my part, after thirty-five years in the industry, I have decided it is time to leave salaried employment, ease back, and plan a few small musical activities in Brisbane’s Samford Valley.”
The Board will recruit a successor to commence in 2018 and the position is being nationally advertised.
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