Prof Dawn Bennett – Curtin University, Music Australia Board Member, Perth
Professor Dawn Bennett is Distinguished Research Fellow and Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative with Curtin University, Australia. Her recent research has focused on identity development, employability, graduate transition and creative labour markets, with a particular focus on the impact of identity development on higher education learning. A professional violist, Dawn serves on numerous editorial boards and she convenes the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows’ network. She is on the board of directors for the International Society for Music Education and Music Australia, and serves as a commissioner with the ISME Commission for Education of the Professional Musician.
Yvette Myhill – Executive Director Association of Artist Managers, Sydney
Yvette Myhill is the current Executive Director of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) and the Executive Producer of the Twilight at Taronga music series for the Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Yvette has previously worked in management roles as Manager – Live Music, Major Events & Travel for Showbiz; Ticketing Manager for Newtheatricals providing ticketing management and marketing of Broadway musicals and productions such as Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages & The Addams Family; Operations manager at the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA); General Manager at Peats Ridge Festival; and Finance and Ticketing Manager for Splendour in the Grass Festival.
Scott Adam – Central Institute of Technology, Perth
Scott has been working in the WA music industry for 21 years as an educator, panellist, label manager, artist manager, tour manager, venue booking agent, project manager, arts organisation administrator and occasional music writer. Scott started WA’s first music business qualification at the Central Institute of Technology’s Centre for Music Industry Training (CMIT), where he coordinates a team of fourmusic business lecturers, and has established student internship and placement programs and extensive industry partnerships. Previously Scott headed up Qstik Records & Management, providing distribution, marketing and touring networks for WA artists including successful WA act The Panda Band.
Kirsty Brown – Executive Officer, MusicNSW, Sydney
Kirsty Brown is the Executive Officer of MusicNSW, the peak body for contemporary music in NSW, and a member of Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN). Kirsty comes from a background in music journalism and festival events, and is the former Managing Editor of street press The Brag, which she called home for 4 years, while editing the annual Big Day Out program and contributing to magazines like Rolling Stone and Demo. Kirsty has worked across such festivals as Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Big Day Out, This Is Not Art and most recently, as the Co-director and General Manager of Sound Summit.
David Grice – Managing Director, Musictec Pty Ltd, Adelaide
David has 25 years’ experience in the music and entertainment industry as a musician, studio engineer, successful studio owner, University lecturer, venue manager and creator of The Depot. He has been recently appointed Managing Director of Musictec Pty Ltd, SA’s new music industry cluster organisation. Previously he was General Manager of Music SA, the state’s contemporary music industry body. David’s successful ventures including The Fab Four (Internationally Recognised Beatles Tribute Band) 1990, Fat Trax Studios (leading Adelaide recording studio) 1998 – 2006, LooknLearn (on line instructional guitar tuition website), and in 2012 – 13 the Depot – a 2013 Adelaide Fringe success story, and now Musitec.
Michael Hannan, Southern Cross University, Lismore
Michael Hannan is a composer, performer and music researcher. He established the Contemporary Music program at Southern Cross University, where he is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. He has published several books including The Australian Guide to Careers in Music (MCA/UNSW Press, 2003) and research articles in contemporary classical music, music education, screen music, and popular music. Hannan was Chair of the Music Council of Australia from 2002 to 2004, and has been a member of the Australia Council Music Board, the International Society for Music Education (ISME), and Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician.
Alex Masso – Musician, Sydney
Alex Masso is a practicing musician and music teacher active in the Sydney jazz scene. He studied jazz at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, has released 10 albums with different groups including The Vampires, Trio Apoplectic and Slide Albatross, and plays in a range of creative projects. Alex is on the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) board, was Event Coordinator at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music from 2009-2012, co-directed the NOWnow Festival from 2007-08, and is enthusiastic about teaching drumming. Alex managed the Music in Communities Network for the Music Council of Australia from 2012 – 2014 and was involved in the Music Career and AYMC initiatives.
Kirsty Rivers – National Manager Writer Services, APRA AMCOS, Melbourne
Kirsty works nationally at APRA AMCOS in Melbourne advising members about copyright and related issues, managing ATSI membership strategy and APRA Music Grants. Previously Kirsty worked in Key Accounts at Shock Records, managing $2 Million annual sales, as Assistant Manager at Lighthouse Promotions who manage Award winning artists, The Killjoys, Frente and The Blackeyed Susans, and Assistant Manager, Recorded Music, Brash Pty Ltd, Camberwell, Vic. Active in Melbourne’s music scene Kirsty is on the boards of PBS FM (Community Broadcaster), The Push (Youth Arts Organisation), is a Member of Victoria’s Music Council and was a Founding Board Member and Vice Chair of Music Victoria.