Biographical information given below dates from the time of publication of an article.

Glen C Savage, Senior Lecturer in Education Policy and Sociology of Education, and ARC DECRA Fellow (2016-19), University of Western Australia

Gordon Kerry, who has composed one or two things himself, has also worked as a music critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, a freelance journalist with numerous other newspapers and magazines, and an arts administrator in which capacity he commissioned a number of new works. His book, New Classical Music: Composing Australia was published by UNSW Press in 2009.

Graeme Smith is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University. His interests lie in popular music studies and ethnomusicology, especially music and national and group identity, folk revival musics, Irish traditional music, Australian country music, multicultural and world music, construction of social meaning, voice and body. He has written extensively on the Australian folk and country movements, as well as the way the Australian world/multicultural music has interacted with official and popular politics of difference and identity. Singing Australian: A History of Folk and Country Music was published by Pluto Press in July 2005.

Dr Graham Sattler is CEO of the Mitchell Conservatorium, Bathurst, one of the members of the regional conservatorium network in NSW.

Dr Graham Strahle is a freelance writer who writes music reviews for The Australian and The Adelaide Review. He was the MCA’s representative for music criticism and journalism.

Guy Gross is the President of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers. A multi award winning film composer himself, he is a member of Church Street Studios, an autonomous collective of composers and producers located in Camperdown, Sydney. He attended the Conservatorium High School where he studied composition under Edwin Carr. His eclectic and extensive list of credits range from the international hit The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to children’s television Blinky Bill and US Sci-Fi hit Farscape. His scores have been performed in concert by the Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. More info:

Hamed Sadeghi is a Persian Australian tar player and composer who studied Persian classical music in Iran and sound engineering in Malaysia. He tours regularly with his band Eishan Ensemble and composes music for theatrical productions. He has earned recognition through nominations for APRA/AMCOS AMC Art Music Awards and Sydney Theatre Awards.

Hannah Sarvasy is a Research Fellow in Linguistics, Western Sydney University and  receives funding from the Australian Research Council.

Hans founded his own consulting firm, Economic Strategies Pty Ltd, in 1984, following 25 years with larger organisations. He specialised from the outset in applied cultural economics — one of his first major projects was The Australian Music Industry for the Music Board of the Australia Council (published in 1987), which also marks his first connection with Richard Letts who was the Director of the Music Board in the mid-1980s. Hans first assisted the Music Council of Australia in 2000 and between 2006 and 2008 proposed and developed the Knowledge Base, returning in an active capacity as its editor in 2011. In November 2013 the Knowledge Base was transferred to The Music Trust, with MCA's full cooperation.

Between 2000 and 2010 Hans also authored or co-authored several major domestic and international climate change projects, using scenario planning techniques to develop alternative long-term futures. He has for several years been exploring the similarities between the economics of cultural and ecological change, and their continued lack of political clout which is to a large extent due to conventional GDP data being unable to measure the true value of our cultural and environmental capital. This was announced as a major scenario-planning project for The Music Trust in March 2014 (articles of particular relevance to the project are marked *, below).

Helen Champion is the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA)  curriculum specialist in charge of writing the Australian Curriculum: The Arts. You can contact her at

Dr. Helen Lancaster offers advisory services to higher music education institutions, music teachers and arts organisations. She is a former Chair of the Music Council of Australia, and a Research Fellow at Queensland Conservatorium of Music. For the MCA she established the National Instrument Bank in 2008, and the Australian Youth Music Council in 2009. With a team of distinguished researchers, she undertook the audit of Post-Secondary Music Education and Training published with further analysis in this knowledge base as Music Study in Australia.

Helen Pietsch is President of the South Australian Chapter of ANCA.

Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management, University of South Australia. Former editor, MCA Early Music Network.

Mezzo Soprano, Helen Sherman is an alumnus of The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and The Royal Northern College of Music, UK. She was the first person to receive the International Artists Diploma in Opera from the RNCM. Helen has represented Australia at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and at the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition. In 2018 she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for her portrayal of Poppea, L’incoronazione di Poppea, for Pinchgut Opera. Recent career highlights include Flora Bervoix, La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Tamiri, Farnace for Pinchgut Opera, Dorabella, Cosi fan Tutte for Teatru Manoel, Malta, the title role in Carmen for the State Opera of South Australia, Octavian, Der Rosenkavalier, Dorabella, Cosi fan Tutte and Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro for Opera North. Recordings include Mozart in London for Signum Records and The Coronation of Poppea and Bajazet for Pinchgut Live. Helen currently resides in Oxfordshire, UK.

Helen Svoboda is a double bassist, vocalist, composer and nature-enthusiast.

Born of Finnish/Australian heritage, she draws influence mainly from vegetables, flowers and the genres of minimalist neo-classical music to folk and experimental jazz.

Following her recent return from two years in the Netherlands and Germany, Svoboda was recently awarded the 2020 Freedman Jazz Fellowship and named the 2020/2021 Pathfinders Associate Artist for the Australian Art Orchestra, based in Melbourne. She has released over ten albums across her own projects to date, and as a composer her work has been commissioned for a variety of ensembles both locally and overseas.

As an ‘indispensible part of the Australian jazz, improvised and experimental scenes’ (Erik Griswold, AUS), Svoboda has toured across Australia, Europe and the USA at festivals/venues including Make it Jazz (Tilburg, NL), Stadtgarten (Cologne, GER) and MONA (TAS). Across her work she has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Kristin Berardi (AUS), Sebastian Gramss (GER) and Cory Smythe (NY).

Helena Maffli lives in Clarens in the French-speaking western part of Switzerland. She is President of the European Music School Union (EMU), and a Board member of the European Music Council (EMC). A pianist and pedagogue, she is the former director of the Conservatoire de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Henry Vyhnal is a music teacher, performer and concert director. He has played and recorded with a wide variety of musicians including Nick Cave, Stephen Cummings and Joe Camilleri during the explosion of Australian original music in the mid to late1970’s. Henry is accomplished in a variety of musics including classical, country, jazz, world music and punk.

As well as teaching music at Kyneton Secondary College he is the Music and Program Director for MITCH (Music in the Central Highlands), an organisation that supports emerging young musicians through the provision of performance opportunities and funding.

Holly Harrison is an award-winning Australian composer from Western Sydney. Her music is driven by the nonsense literature of Lewis Carroll, embracing stylistic juxtapositions, the visceral energy of rock, and whimsical humour. She is the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s composer in residence across 2020 and 2021.

Her music has been performed in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA. She has worked with the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Australia Ensemble, Ensemble Offspring, Alarm Will Sound, Nu Deco Ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs, Het Gelders Orkest, and the Australian String Quartet. Eighth Blackbird were awarded Performance of the Year at the 2018 Art Music Awards for their premiere of Holly’s Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup, which they toured as part of Musica Viva’s 2017 International Concert Season.

Holly teaches composition at The King’s School in Sydney and was previously composer in residence at MLC School. She also plays drum kit and percussion in the experimental rock duo Tabua-Harrison.

Professor Huib Schippers is Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, and past Deputy Chair of the Music Council of Australia. He has a long and varied history in music practice and research across Europe. He has worked as a performing musician, a teacher, a concert promoter, a journalist, and in the record trade. Over the past ten years, he has run major action-research projects in music and music education, lectured and published across the world, and served in a variety of capacities on numerous forums, boards and commissions, including the Netherlands National Arts Council, the Music Council of Australia, and the International Society for Music Education.

IAML Australia is the national branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Document Centres.

Executive Officer Australian Music Association, Director of sales and marketing consultants Morton Group, Past Treasurer MCA.

The Australian Music Association (AMA) provides an annual statistical analysis for its members.

Australian pianist Ian Munro's career began with a series of international prizes in Spain, Italy, Portugal and the UK (Leeds 1987). Since then, Ian has performed sixty piano concerti in over thirty countries and has recorded for Hyperion, ABC Classics and extensively for BBC and ABC radio. Since winning first prize at the Queen Elisabeth international competition for composers in 2002, his compositions have been performed by many of the leading ensembles in Australia, the UK, Austria and Germany. Recent commissions include a flute concerto for Prudence Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Ilana Finefter-Rosenbluh is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. A sociologist and educational counsellor by training, her research resides at the cusp of assessment, ethics, policy, and teaching in government and independent education settings. Her studies seek to identify educators' perspectives on, and ethical experiences with, different assessment tools and the way they inform the development of policies and programs intended to improve educational practice.

Jack Symonds is a composer, conductor and pianist, and Artistic Director of Sydney Chamber Opera. He has conducted the Australian premieres of major stage works by Dusapin, Kurtág, Benjamin, Romitelli, Kancheli and Britten and world premieres of operas by Gyger, Smetanin and Finsterer. His music has been played by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Composers Ensemble, Australia Piano Quartet, Streeton Trio, Timo-Veikko Valve among others, and he has written three stage works for Sydney Chamber Opera, including Notes from Underground. He studied composition at the Royal College of Music, London under Kenneth Hesketh, and gained the university medal from the Sydney Conservatorium.

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James McLean is a drummer from Melbourne, who works at the intersections of composed and improvised music. Best known as a sideman in the jazz genre, James has recorded with a diverse range of artists including Marc Hannaford, Eugene Ball, Joseph O’Connor and Paul Williamson. He co-leads numerous ensembles, including All Talk, Blind Spot, and Dispositions, and regularly performs solo. In 2016, James was awarded the prestigious Freedman Fellowship, becoming the first drummer to win the award.

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James Nightingale is the alto saxophonist with Australia’s premier saxophone quartet, Continuum Sax, and President of the New Music Network (NMN). He has been at the heart of the direction of the NMN, serving as artistic director of the NMN Concert Series (2007-2011) and the NMN Mini-Series (2005-2008).

James completed a PhD at the University of Queensland in 2011 and holds degrees of both Master of Music (performance) and Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He was awarded the prize of ‘Student of the Year’ at the Sydney Conservatorium on completing his undergraduate degree in 1992.

James Slotta is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin and has received funding from the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the US Department of Education.

Jamie McKew is the Director of the Port Fairy Folk Festival and a leader in the folk music area.

Dr Jan Packer is a Senior Research Fellow in the University of Queensland’s School of Tourism. Her research focuses on understanding and facilitating visitor experiences at natural and cultural tourism attractions.

Australian Music Industry Network.

Jeana Kriewaldt is Senior Lecturer, Geography and Sustainability Education, The University of Melbourne

National President of the Australian Society for Music Education Inc. (ASME), and Head of the Bachelor of Music Education Program in the Elder School of Music in Adelaide.

Jessie Lloyd. Originally from the tropics of North Queensland, Jessie Lloyd is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician who performs a broad collection of Australian Indigenous songs. A vocalist, guitarist, bassist and ukulele player, Jessie earned her formal qualifications at Abmusic in Perth, WA in 2002.

An award winning composer, performer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie is a cultural practitioner of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music. Dedicated to the continuation of cultural traditions through the presentation of both contemporary and traditional Indigenous music.
Jessie has travelled Australia in search of hidden songs to present this rare Indigenous narrative. From the Bass Strait to the Torres Strait and across the Arafura Sea, Jessie has spent time with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander senior song men and women, uncovering precious stories and songs from the mission days.

Dr Jill Stubington is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Music and Music Education, University of New South Wales, Kensington, Sydney.

Associate Professor Jo Caust is Principal Fellow (Hon) in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne and formerly Associate Professor in Arts and Cultural Management in the School of Management at the University of South Australia. She is Founder Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management. She has published four books; Arts Leadership in Contemporary Contexts (Routledge 2018), Arts and Cultural Leadership in Asia (Routledge 2015), Arts Leadership: International Case Studies (Tilde University Press 2012) and Leadership and Creativity; understandings of this relationship in arts organisations( VDM Verlag 2009) . She is the author of many articles, book chapters, research reports and conference papers and has worked in the arts sector as an arts practitioner, manager, bureaucrat and consultant.

Jocelyn Wolfe, Adjunct Research Fellow, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University. Email: (corresponding author)

Jodi Edwards is a Tutor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney

He graduated from WAAPA, Perth, in 2006. Luebbers is a much awarded pianist and composer, whose works have been performed not only by his own jazz ensembles but also a number of Australian orchestras. He is a lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne and co-founder of music label Listen/Hear Collective.

John Clare is a great Australian jazz writer. He was born at Maroubra Bay, Sydney, in 1940. His mother and Aunt Joan were in the papers as the Surfing Sisters. Perhaps the only women who went "out the back" and surfed in those days. He left home and school at 14. He played in a rock and roll band in Melbourne and a dance band with friends but his big love has been jazz. Clare's first job was as a layout artist for the Myer advertising department, Melbourne. He has since illustrated and written for most prestige Australian publications, as well as Town and Queen and other magazines in England, America and Germany. He has published four books and had poetry read on the ABC and BBC.

Past President, Music Teachers' Association of Queensland Inc.

John Davis. CEO, Australian Music Centre. Vice-President of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC), and of the International Society for Contemporary Music

John Fischetti is Professor, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Human and Social Futures, University of Newcastle

Dr John Gardiner-Garden, Librarian (ret.), Social Policy Section at Parliamentary Library of the Commonwealth of Australia.