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Music Australia Welcomes New Councillors

From left to right: Music Australia Board Directors Michael Smellie, Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Paul Noonan, Rhonda Davidson-Irwin. and Ed St John. Photo Credit: Daryl Charles
Chris Bowen
| November 7, 2017

Music Australia announced appointment of sixteen Councillors at the annual general meeting in Melbourne on 2 November 2017, including six joining the Council for the first time.

Five Directors were also re-elected to the Board for three year terms.

The Council of Music Australia are the organisation’s governing body and provide representative membership across the entire artform. They also act as a national brains trust sharing expert advice and activating wide networks reaching across the whole country and all aspects of music. Many are members of advisory groups and become involved in projects such as Music: Count Us In or the Roundtable conference.

This year’s new Councillors cover jazz, creative industries, higher education, music education research, employee associations and regional music.

New to the Council, and profiled below, are:

  • Sean Foran – Jazz Councillor
  • Bow Campbell – Employee Association Councillor
  • David Cashman – Regional Music
  • Ben O’Hara – Higher Education
  • Dr Anita Collins – Music Education Research
  • Tim Dalton – Creative Industries

We also welcome ten existing Councillors appointed for a further term:

  • Dr Aleksandra Acker – Early Childhood Education
  • Andrew Batt-Rawden – Special Member (classical music / publishing)
  • Dr Daniel Blinkhorn – Composition
  • Nicole Canham – Policy
  • Peter Chellew – Special member (Youth Music)
  • Jody Heald – Private Music Instruction
  • Vanessa Hutley – Record Industry
  • Jesse Lloyd – Indigenous Music
  • Peter Mousaferiadis – World Music
  • Art Phillips – Music in Film and Television

And we farewell six outgoing Councillors and thank them for their service to Music Australia:

  • Phil Graham – Creative Industries
  • Stephen Green – Special Member
  • Graeme Hinckley – Public Broadcasting
  • Joanne Kee – Jazz
  • Bethwyn Serow – Special Member, AMPAG
  • Timothy Sexton – Opera and Music Theatre

Read the full list of Board and Council and relevant Charter here.

New Councillors

Bow Campbell – Employee Association (MEAA)
Bow Campbell is Director of the Musicians section of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), the largest and most established union and industry advocate for Australia’s creative professionals. Bow has worked at the Community & Public Sector Union, the Australia Council for the Arts, and at APRA-AMCOS. Bow is an ARIA award winning musician and has been composing, performing, recording and touring original music for 25 years.

David Cashman – Regional Music
David is Head of Creative Arts at CQUniversity in Cairns and holds a PHD from Southern Cross University. His areas of specialisation are regional music and music and tourism, and he is a founding member of the Regional Music Research Group. I propose myself as a councillor for regional music.

Dr Anita Collins – Music Education Research
Anita is an award winning Australian educator, academic and researcher in music education, particularly in the impact of music education on cognitive development. Anita is a communicator, a conduit between neuroscientific researchers, music educators, musicians, parents and the general public, and works to update our understanding of the purpose and benefits of music education to overall cognitive development and health. Anita is a member of Music Australia’s Music Education Advisory Group.

Tim Dalton – Creative Industries
Tim works in higher education in contemporary music and the creative industries and has over 38 years’ experience in the international music industry as an audio engineer, tour manager, record producer, artist manager, music entrepreneur, A & R consultant and record company executive. Over the years he has worked with international artists, including Faith No More, Beastie Boys, Primus, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Transvision Vamp, Simple Minds,  and Elvis Costello.

Sean Foran – Jazz Councillor
Sean Foran is an award-winning pianist, composer and educator, and has toured and collaborated with QLD Symphony Orchestra, Topology, Expressions Dance Company, Southern Cross Soloists and international jazz artists. He is Head of Music at JMC Academy Brisbane, Lecturer at the Jazz Music Institute Brisbane and co-director of the specialist publishing company Prepared Sounds. Sean is a Doctoral candidate at the QLD Conservatorium and associate artist of the Australian Music Centre.

Ben O’Hara – Higher Education
Ben is Dean of Collarts (The Australian College of the Arts) in Melbourne.  Ben has taught music business across Australia, including Sydney Institute of TAFE, University of Tasmania, EORA College, and JMC Academy in Sydney and Melbourne, and was Head of Higher Education (Music Business) at Box Hill Institute. Ben also runs, an online music business resource centre, has published six music textbooks, is a performer, and runs his own booking agency.

Returning Councillors

Dr Aleksandra Acker – Early Childhood Education
Aleksandra is a lecturer in Early Childhood/Primary Education at RMIT, specialising in Languages and Literacies; Inclusive Education, and Music. She wants to see music as an integral part of mainstream curriculum. She has published a number of studies concerning music and young children. In 2015, Aleksandra and her colleagues published a book with Routledge – Musical Childhoods: Explorations in the pre-school years. Aleksandra is music director/voice of Balkan music group ‘Anja & Zlatna’.

Andrew Batt-Rawden – Special Member
Graduated from Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006 with Ba(Hons) Composition, Andrew has since composed music mainly for chamber settings and electroacoustic works. He’s recently branched out into physical theatre performance. He started publishing Limelight Magazine in 2013, and has held several administrative and committee/board positions in various arts organisations over the years.

Dr Daniel Blinkhorn – Composition
Daniel is an award winning Australian composer, has worked in a variety of creative and academic contexts, and teaches composition and music technology at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. He is an ardent field recordist, having recording throughout Africa, Alaska, Amazon, West Indies, Cuba, Europe, Middle East, Mexico, Madagascar, Australia and the North Pole region of Svalbard. His creative works have received various international citations and he is self-taught in electroacoustic composition.

Nicole Canham – Policy
Nicole Canham is a musician (clarinet and tarogato) who is committed to creating transformative arts experiences, and to building new audiences for live music. She has worked as festival director and creative producer in Australia, Mexico, the UK, Belgium and France. Nicole received a Churchill Fellowship (2008/9), and Australian Art Music Award in 2013 and has recently completed a PhD at the University of Queensland on career pathways of independent, classically trained artists.

Peter Chellew  – Youth Music
Peter is Executive Officer of Victorian youth music agency The Push where he manages music industry skills initiatives and provides advocacy for young musicians. Peter is a member of the Victorian Government’s Live Music Roundtable 2012-17 and has led the Face The Music annual music industry conference since 2008. Previous roles include Director of Melbourne Fringe, Manager of FBi and 3PBS FM radio stations and initiating Board member and President of Music Victoria.

Jesse Lloyd – Indigenous Music
A composer, performer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie Lloyd is a cultural practitioner of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music dedicated to continuing song traditions through presentation of stories and song. Her mission is to produce, perform and progress Australian Indigenous music through innovative concepts, collaborative projects and cultural practice. Maintaining an authenticity that contributes to the rich diversity of Australian arts and its audiences, working towards positive and progressive social opportunities, values and attitudes.

Jody Heald AM – Private Music Instruction
Jody is a Hobart-based pianist, studio teacher, accompanist, lecturer and examiner. She is an AMEB consultant and State committee member, a former member of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, and a committee member of Musica Viva Tasmania. Jody is President of the Tasmanian Music Teachers’ Association Inc, and Chairman of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference Association, and a national adjudicator and examiner. Jody is currently a PhD candidate at Curtin University.

Vanessa Hutley – Record Industry
Vanessa is General Manager of Music Rights Australia which represents both Independent and major record labels and songwriters and music publishers, and has worked as a lawyer in the creative industries for over a decade. he has developed intellectual property protection programs in Australia, New Zealand and the South Asia Pacific region. Vanessa holds a BA (Hons), LLB, and Graduate Diploma Education,

Peter Mousaferiadis – World Music
Peter is Founder of Cultural Infusion which builds intercultural understanding through arts, education and gamification, and has had an extensive arts career as a creative director, producer, artistic director, music director, composer and champion of intercultural dialogue. peter has worked as a conductor and creative director, and is an associate of the UNESCO Chair for Intercultural and Interreligious Relations, Asia –Pacific, a Global Trustee of United Religions Initiative and the Chair of the Lahore International Conference on Culture.

Art Phillips – Music in Film and Television
Composer of over 60 Production music albums for companies, Art has his own production music company, 101 Music PTY LTD, with over 30 album releases.  Art is two-time Emmy Award Winner and composer with credits spanning film, television, and documentary series. Art was President of the Australian Guild of Composers (AGSC) from 2001-2008 and Vice President from 1992-2000. In 2016, Art was appointed Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute of Music Academic Board (AIM).

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