2016 National Contemporary Music Roundtable Organising Group

National Contemporary Music Roundtable Organising Group

Our Organising Group oversees planning and delivery of our National Roundtable. Each is well known in the industry and has an association with Music Australia.

Members are:

  • Michael Smellie, Chair Music Australia
  • Mark Callaghan, Publisher Relations Advisor, APRA AMCOS
  • Lindy Morrison OAM, National Welfare Coordinator Support Act
  • Yvette Myhill, Executive Director Association of Artist Managers (AAM)
  • Andrew Stone, General Manager Chugg Music at Chugg Entertainment
  • Patrick Donovan, Chair AMIN (Australian Music Industry Network), CEO Music Victoria
  • Dean Ormston, Head of Member Services Group, APRA AMCOS
  • Ben O’Hara, Dean Collarts – Australian College of the Arts


  • Stephen Green,  Managing Director of the SGC Media Group


Michael Smellie, Chair Music Australia                  

Michael’s music business career spans over 25 years and five continents as former Global Chief Operations Officer of Sony BMG, Asia Pacific Head for BMG, and Managing Director of Polygram and rooArt in Australia, and President of Media Development, Asia Pacific for German media giant Bertelsmann. He is an investor, adviser and board member to start-up creative businesses in Australia and the United States.

Mark Callaghan, Publisher Relations Advisor, APRA AMCOS     

Mark is well known in rock circles as a singer, songwriter and member of legendary bands Gang Gajang and the Riptides. Mark has previously been the General Manager of AMPAL (The Australasian Music Publishers Association), and Managing Director of publisher Music Sales. He currently advises APRA AMCO on publishing matters. Mark is a former Music Australia Councillor.

Patrick Donovan – CEO, Music Victoria, Chair Australian Music Industry Network

Patrick Donovan is the CEO of Music Victoria and chair of the Australian Music Industry Network. He led the campaign for the Victorian State Government to implement the world first Agent of Change Principle in 2014 to place the onus on developers to soundproof apartments next to existing venues. He is a member of the Arts Industry Council of Victoria, the Liquor Control Advisory Council and the City of Melbourne Music Strategy Committee. He sings in punk band Cowsmuff, tour managed Iggy Pop in 1998 and was the former Music Writer for The Age newspaper, where he started the Sticky Carpet column, The Age EG Awards and the campaign to name a lane after AC/DC.

Stephen Green, Managing Director of the SGC Media Group

Stephen Green is managing director of the SGC Media Group which umbrellas music marketing companies SGC, Title Track, Collision Course, Call & Response and Music Send. Working with clients including Sticky Fingers, Dead Letter Circus, Seth Sentry, Sheppard, Gurrumul, Russell Morris, Half Moon Run, The Ten Tenors and many more, the companies bring together radio, TV, print, online and social together to offer forward-thinking strategy and execution for labels and artists. The company’s strategic division also works with companies including Play MPE, D-Star Video, Spins and Songtradr to execute B2B promotional strategies in the Australian music industry.

Lindy Morrison OAM, National Welfare Coordinator Support Act

Lindy was a member of iconic Australian band The Go Betweens and has worked as a community musician and music educator since then. She is Artist Director on the Phonographic Performance Council of Australia (PPCA) Board.  In 2014 Lindy was awarded the prestigious Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to the music industry. Lindy is a Music Australia Life member and former Councillor.

Yvette Myhill, Executive Director Association of Artist Managers (AAM)

In addition to her AAM role Yvette is also Executive Producer of the Twilight at Taronga music series. Yvette has worked in management roles for music company Showbiz; music theatre producer Newtheatricals; Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA); Peats Ridge Festival; and Splendour in the Grass Festival. Yvette is a Music Australia Councillor and member of our Industry and Careers Advisory Group.

Andrew Stone, General Manager Chugg Music at Chugg Entertainment

Andrew oversees the growing Chugg Music roster of artists including Brisbane band Sheppard, Megan Washington, The Griswolds and Avalanche City.  He is Founder & Director of Rare Finds Music Management and Publicity Company. Andrew is a former Music Australia Youth Music Councillor.


Dean Ormston – APRA AMCOS Head of Member Services Group

Dean Ormston iis head of APRA AMCOS Member Services Group, where he oversees Membership, Distribution, International, Communications and Government Relations portfolios. Dean is an active advocate to Government for the recognition and support of creator’s rights, and has secured government support for export office Sounds Australia, the National Live Music Office, and song-writing projects.  He has initiated economic research projects into the venue-based live music industry and the potential application of tax-offsets to the commercial music industry. Dean is Deputy Chair of the Australian Copyright Council, a Board Director of Screenrights, and former Deputy Chair of Music Australia. In a former life he was a high school music teacher.

Ben O’Hara – Dean of Collarts

As the Dean of Collarts, Ben O’Hara leads the academic and operational running of the college. Ben has taught music industry business across Australia, including the Sydney Institute of TAFE Ultimo, The University of Tasmania, EORA College, and JMC Academy in Sydney and Melbourne.  His most recent position was Head of Higher Education (Music Business) at Box Hill Institute in Melbourne.  Ben has broad music industry experience, having worked in music publishing, licensing, event and artist management. He has also been a performer for over 15 years, and runs his own booking agency. Ben also runs thebiz.com.au, an online music business resource centre and has published six textbooks on the music industry.  Ben holds a Masters of Business in Arts and Cultural Management and is also currently completing a PhD at Monash University.

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