Governance and Councillors

Music Australia Governance

Music Australia is a representative peak music organisation in music, reflected in its membership structure, which is comprised of up to 20 nominees of national music organisations with the remainder of the 50 members elected by the full Council to positions assigned to various categories of musical activity.

Councillors hold $1 shares, under the Music Australia’s legal structure of a “proprietary limited company limited by guarantee”. Council members can sit for up to 6 consecutive years, and can if making an exceptional contribution be invited by the board to stand again for election.

The Board is elected to three-year terms from and by the full membership annually at the AGM, with approximately one third standing down before each election. There is no limit on the number of terms of a Board member, except that s/he is eligible for election only if a Councillor.

The Board exercises all governance responsibilities and meets six times a year. Members are dispersed nationally and meetings are held by phone conference with some face to face meetings to which board members travel at their own expense. The full membership can set policy directions, and the Board uses delegated authority to initiate or adjust policies.

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Music Australia Constitution

Music Australia’s Constitution set outs the rules by which the company discharges its commitment to advance, represent and further the interests of music in Australia. In 2016 these Rules have been up-dated to modernise them with current law, and provide more flexibility in membership.


Read the Music Australia 2016 governance changes

Music Australia Councillors

Music Australia has up to 50 Councillors who are experts in all fields of music. They offer rich information and knowledge to inform our services, provide representation, and to make Music Australia an effective national peak music organisation.

Read the Councillor charter

Councillors & Directors List 2020


Michael Smellie, Chair, NSW (2022)
Ryan Miller, Treasurer, NSW (2020)
Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, QLD (2022)
Catherine Gerrard, NSW (2020)
Paul Noonan, ViC (2020)
Ed St John, NSW (2020)
Nicholas Pickard, NSW (2022)


National Representative Organisations

Australian Music Association: Rob Walker, Executive Officer
Musica Viva:  Hywel Sims, CEO
APRA AMCOS: Nicholas Pickard,Executive Director of Public Affairs at APRA AMCOS
Australian Music Centre: John Davis, General Manager
Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited: Matthew O’Sullivan, General Manager
Australian Society for Music Education:
Dr Antony Hubmayer, President
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia: Andrew Khedoori,  Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP) Manager
Australian Music Examinations Board: Mike Tyler, Chair, Federal Board and Queensland Advisory Committee; Principal Education Officer (The Arts), Queensland Department of Education

Representative Individual Councillors

By Field Represented


Early Childhood Education:  Dr Aleksandra Acker, Lecturer, School of Education, RMIT (2020)
Private Music Instruction: Jody Heald, President, Tasmanian Music Teachers’ Association, National Chairman Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference Association Inc (2020)
Higher Education: Ben O’Hara, Dean, Collarts (2020)
Music Education Research: Dr Anita Collins, award winning Australian educator, academic and music education researcher (2020)
Music Teaching and Education: Sue Arney, Lecturer, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne (2022)


Composition:  Dr Daniel Blinkhorn, award-winning composer (2020)
Indigenous Music: Jessie Lloyd Music (2020)
Jazz: Sean Foran, award winning musician, composer, educator (2020)
Professional Orchestras:  Kate Lidbetter, CEO, Symphony Services International (2022)
World Music:  Peter Mousaferiadis, CEO Cultural Infusion (2020)


Community Music Development:  Polly Christie, Community Music Podcast Producer (2022)
Policy: Nicole Canham, Independent Musician and Writer (2020)
Creative Industries: Tim Dalton, creative industries music educator, contemporary music professional (2020)
Professional Musicians Association:  Paul Davies, Director, Musicians, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) (2022)
International Promotion:  Michael Smellie, businessman, former Global COO, Sony/BMG (2022)
Legal and Copyright:  Paul Noonan, Consulting Principal at Keypoint Law. , Musician (2020)
Music in Film and Television:  Art Phillips, screen composer, Past President, Australian Guild of Screen Composers (2020)
Artist Management:  Dan Medland, Association of Artist Managers (2022)
Music Publishing:  Matthew O’Sullivan, General Manager, Australasian Music Publishers Association (AMPAL) (2020)
Regional Music: Dr David Cashman, Head of Creative Arts Central Queensland University (2020)
Special Member:  Cara Anderson, Publisher, Limelight Magazine (2020)
Special Member (Finance):  Ryan Miller, Accountant, Director, Keeping Company (2022)
Youth Music: Kate Duncan, CEO, The Push (2020)
Accessibility: Ria Andriani, Writer, musician and representative of Accessible Arts  (2022)
Environment Initiatives: Emma Bosworth, Co-CEO and Campaigner, Green Music Australia (2022)
Early Music: Patrice Connelly, President, Early Music Society of Queensland (2022)
Composition: Songwriting John Foreman OAM, Musical director, event director, pianist and composer (2022)
Record Industry: Vanessa Hutley, General Manager, Music Rights Australia (2020)
Recording Studio Sector: Ron Haryanto, General Manager, Studios 301 (2022)
Opera and Music Theatre: Dr Linda Lorenza, Lecturer, Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (2022)
Musician Health and Welfare: Clive Miller, CEO, Support Act, (2022)
Country Music: Dobe Newton, President, Country Music Association of Australia (2022)
Folk Music: Keith Preston, President, Folk Alliance Australia (2022)
Regional and Remote Communities: Eleanor Rigden, Producer, Festival of Small Halls (2022)
Festivals: Julia Robinson, General Manager, Australian Festival Association (2022)
Music Criticism/Journalism: Dr Graham Strahle, Music Australia’s Senior Writer  (2022)
Government Policy (Live Music): John Wardle, Live Music Policy Guru, Live Music Office  (2022)
Computer Music & Multimedia: Dr Carol Johnson, Senior Lecturer in Music (Online Learning and Educational Technologies) Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2022)


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Honorary Lifetime Members of Music Australia

An Honorary Lifetime Member of the Music Australia is a person who has given exceptional service to the organisation, is not now a Music Australia Councillor, and has accepted the invitation of the Council to become an Honorary Lifetime Member.

Honorary Lifetime Members are:

  • Ian Harvey, Director, Musical Futures Australia, a Board member, and architect of Music Australia’s highly successful Music: Count Us In school music participation program
  • Helen Colman, a member of founding Steering Committee and subsequently Board Secretary.
  • Hans Hoegh-Guldberg, a Board Member, researcher, founder and editor of online Music Australia, Music in Australia Knowledge Base. Hans passed away in 2016 but we keep his memory on this list.
  • Dr Sylvan “Schmoe” Elhay, member for jazz, member of founding Steering Committee, inaugural Treasurer, Chair 2004-2008, and a founder of the Music Australia Journal of Music Research Online. A contributor virtually throughout the life of Music Australia.
  • Michael Hannan, Chairperson of Music Australia and author of The Australian Guide to Careers in Music, published by the Music Australia and UNSW Press.
  • Brett Kelly, hard-working Treasurer in some difficult early years.
  • Dr Helen Lancaster, Chairperson, Board Member, Councillor and Active Contributor.
  • Dr Richard Letts, founder and Executive Director of the Council from inception to 2012
  • Joan Livermore, member of founding Steering Committee and then of Board of Directors.
  • Beverley McAlister, member of founding Steering Committee and then of Board of Directors; guidance in community music development.
  • Lindy Morrison, Board member, great assistance to community music initiatives and guidance in performers’ rights.
  • Prof Huib Schippers, Chairperson, Board member, Councillor and Active Contributor.
  • Kenneth W Tribe, member of founding Steering Committee and then the Council. Ken guided the legal structure of the Council, wrote the Articles and registered the organisation. Ken passed away in 2010 but we keep his memory on this list.
  • Mary Turner, member of founding Steering Committee and then Board of Directors; guidance in community music development.
  • Dr David Worrall, member of Steering Committee and inaugural member of the Council. Immensely supportive and returned in 2010 as Music Australia Projects Manager.

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