Music Australia CEO, Rhonda Davidson-Irwin has advised the Music Australia Board that due to personal reasons she has relinquished her position, effective immediately. The Board appreciates Rhonda’s contribution to Music Australia during the last 12 months and wishes her well for the future.
In February 2018 the Music Australia Board appointed Rhonda to lead the organisation after a national search attracting over 60 applicants. Rhonda was the third CEO in Music Australia’s 25 year history, taking over from Chris Bowen who announced his retirement in October 2017, after 5 years of service.
“I want to acknowledge Rhonda’s contribution to Music Australia in the short time she has been CEO. I particularly thank Rhonda for her prodigious efforts in getting an extension to the Music: Count Us in funding from the Australian Government for 2019.” said Music Australia Chair, Michael Smellie.
Rhonda is a highly regarded music educator, producer, composer and performer. She has taught thousands of children, composed over 3,000 songs for multiple Australian children’s TV shows, runs her own dynamic Viva La Musica orchestra and performed for Queen Elizabeth, Bill Clinton and Muhammad Ali.
Rhonda has released over one hundred CDs worldwide, lectured in early childhood and music education at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University and written curriculum for state school music programs in Queensland and Victoria. She also advises and writes the curricula and live shows for youth programs on all five P&O Australia cruise ships. An award-winning performer, Rhonda has given keynote addresses and performances throughout the world including Singapore, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
The Board will recruit a successor to commence in 2019. Music Australia Chair, Michael Smellie will be Acting CEO in the interim.