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The national association of organisations in the live performing arts industry. It collects and publishes data about attendances, ticket sales, and financial value of activity in the industry, reports key trends and the reasons for them and represents the interests of the industry to governments.

Lliane Clarke is a journalist, author, Artistic Director of Voices of Women ( and communications consultant for arts organisations. She is a chorister in the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus.

Lyn Connolly, President, Australian Childcare Alliance (NSW)

Lynn Gailey was the Music Council's research manager up to 2012.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Aboriginal Research and Leadership) and Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Tasmania

The Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) is an association of the 28 large performing arts companies (music, dance, theatre) funded by the Commonwealth government through the Australia Council. They account for about 25% of performing arts employment in Australia. The major orchestras, opera companies and Musica Viva are members.

A Townsville, Queensland, based musician, teacher and composer whose musical interests centre on the recorder. He regularly contributes record reviews for Music Forum but his primary occupation since 1980 has been teaching woodwinds in schools, both primary and secondary. He taught in state and independent schools in Melbourne for ten years before moving to Townsville where he has taught in state, Catholic and independent schools for twenty years.

Mandy Stefanakis is a sessional lecturer in music education at Deakin University. She was previously Director of Music at Christ Church Grammar School and Essex Heights Primary School. She is a member of the Advisory Council of The Music Trust, Assistant Editor of the Trust’s e-zine Loudmouth, past-President and a Life Member of the Association of Music Educators. She lectured in music education at the University of Melbourne where she received her Master of Education degree. She has contributed to many arts curriculum initiatives and conducted professional development to assist implement these curricula over several decades. Mandy is the author of the Australian music focused education kits, Turn it Up! She has conducted extensive interviews for the National Film and Sound Archive, is an avid composer and her obsession with piano and cello continues.

Described by Jason Moran as a pianist who has “taken full control of the music histories that interest him: from Messaien to Earl Hines...with a new sound that only comes from within him,” Marc Hannaford has established himself in the New York jazz and improvised music scene since his arrival from Australia in 2013. He has performed and recorded with improvised music luminaries such as Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Mark Helias, and Ellery Eskelin. His 2015 release, Can You See With Two Sets of Eyes? was described as what “advanced, contemporary, improvised, virtuosic music might sound like, a decade or more into the future” (The Weekend Australian).

Marc is currently also pursing his PhD in music theory at Columbia University. His research interests include music performance, improvisation, critical identity studies, and rhythm and meter. His dissertation topic is the music of pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams.

Professor Margaret Kartomi, Monash University, Melbourne.

Margie Moore has extensive experience as an arts, education and music educator and administrator. She has had successful careers as a teacher, music consultant, Lecturer in Arts Education and managing the highly regarded Sydney Symphony Education Program. She is the education consultant for Moorambilla Voices, which has been benefiting Indigenous school students since 2005. In her spare time Margie enjoys singing in the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, a community based award winning choir whose director, Michelle Leonard, founded the Moorambilla Voices and Festival. In January 2011, Margie was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to Arts through Music Education.

SWOT Analysis of Music Publishing Logo SWOT.jpg Contents [hide]General Manager of the Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited (AMPAL). Former MCA music publishing delegate

Dr Mark Carroll, University of Adelaide.

Mark Isaacs is an internationally-acclaimed composer, pianist and conductor in classical music and jazz. He has composed over 100 works and received many awards including the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award and the Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition. His first symphony was premiered by QSO in 2013. Last year he conducted the premiere of his chamber symphony with Omega Ensemble and also conducted the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in a concert of his orchestral works. In jazz he has recorded and toured with the artform’s most distinguished international figures and has twice been nominated for the ARIA Award.

Marshall McGuire is Director of Programming at Melbourne Recital Centre and an acclaimed harpist, having performed with leading ensembles in Australia and internationally, and at many international arts festivals. He has been a member of the ELISION ensemble since 1988, and is Artistic Director of Ludovico’s Band.

Martin Wesley-Smith taught composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 1974 to 2000. Since then he has lived in Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales. His output, ranging from children’s songs to multimedia pieces, covers two main themes: the life, work and ideas of Lewis Carroll (e.g. Boojum!), and the plight of the people of East Timor (e.g. Welcome to the Hotel Turismo). His twin brother, Peter Wesley-Smith, writes most of his lyrics and libretti; their 70th birthday, in 2015, was celebrated with concerts in Canberra, Kangaroo Valley and Sydney.

Musica Viva Australia.

Saxophonist Matt Keegan regularly performs throughout Australia and around the world. In 2011, Keegan won the prestigious MCA Freedman Fellowship for jazz which has enabled him to develop his cross cultural group from India and Australia, The Three Seas.  As a composer and band leader he has recorded six albums of original material and been commissioned to write works for the Australian High Commission in Thailand; The Zephyr String Quartet; and  Elisian Fields.  He has arranged horn sections for artists including; Passenger; Emma Pask; Pat Powell; Ray Beadle; and the TV show The Voice.   As a sideman Keegan has worked with a diverse array of artists including;  The Phil Slater Quintet; The Stu Hunter Band; Jimmy Barnes; The Beautiful GirlsDarren Percival; James MullerMark Isaacs Resurgence Band; the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra; Jackie Orszaczky; The Japan Australia Jazz Orchestra (JPN); and Maroon 5 (USA). 

A founding member of Australian chamber groups Arcadia Winds and Ensemble Françaix, Matthew Kneale is making his name as a leading bassoonist of his generation. He is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and in addition to critically acclaimed solo and ensemble performances, has served as casual bassoonist with the Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. His repertoire ranges from traditional masterpieces to recent compositions by György Ligeti, Brett Dean, Paul Dean, Peter de Jager and Lachlan Skipworth, among others. In 2018, Matthew will give the world premiere of Holly Harrison's new work for bassoon and string quartet as part of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's Australian Series. Matthew is also the 2017 Freedman Fellow, embarking on a world bassoon tour as part of the fellowship

Matthew Lorenzon is a musicologist and music critic working at the intersections of music history, analysis, and philosophy. He edits the Partial Durations contemporary music blog with support from RealTime Arts.

General Manager, Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Ltd (AMPAL)

President, Australian Association of Musical Instrument Makers (AAMIM)

Merryn Carter, Culture Counts

Indigenous Higher Education Curricula Officer, Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aboriginal Leadership, University of Tasmania

Michael Gazzaniga Ph.D. is director of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind and its Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience. He serves on the President’s Council on Bioethics and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Michael Hannan is a composer, performer and music researcher. He is Professor of Contemporary Music at Southern Cross University where he established the first Australian degree program in contemporary popular music. His research interests include film scoring and sound design and the work practices and training of musicians (including screen composers).

Michael Ward is a PhD candidate, University of Sydney. Michael Ward is a PhD Candidate in media and communications at the University of Sydney. From 1999-2017 he worked at the ABC, including as a senior executive contributing to ABC funding submissions.

Michelle Leonard OAM is the Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of Moorambilla Voices Ltd. It has been featured in two documentaries – Wide Open Sky, and Outback Choir (ABC), in the 2019 ABC Christmas Special and at TEDXSydney in 2018. Michelle is also the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Leichhardt Espresso Chorus which celebrates 22 years in 2020.

Michelle is widely sought after as a choral clinician on Australian repertoire and appears regularly as a guest speaker, adjudicator and workshop facilitator.

Michelle was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for Services to the Community and Performing Arts in 2017, the 2018 Sydney University Alumni of the Year Award for services to the arts and in 2019 was named in the Australian Financial Review’s top 100 most Influential women in Australia. She has four magnificent young children who keep her very busy and very happy.

Molly Gebrian is an Assistant Professor of Music at the Music and Theatre Arts Department, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a well-known violist. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in viola performance at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Houston, Texas.

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Artistic Director, The Tutti Ensemble.

Patrick Donovan is CEO of Music Victoria.

Paul Draper is a professor of digital arts at Griffith University and head of music technology at the Queensland Conservatorium. At Griffith his portfolio includes leadership and strategic direction for digital arts communities including film, design, music and cyber-studies. At Queensland Conservatorium, he teaches and convenes degree programs in music technology and multimedia and is the recipient of grants and awards in these areas.

Director, Australia Council Music Board.

Peter Coleman-Wright AO is widely considered one of the most versatile singers in the world today, equally at home in opera, concert and recital. His extensive and varied repertoire has taken him to many of the world’s greatest opera companies and concert halls.

He has sung throughout Europe – at La Scala Milan, La Fenice Venice, Netherlands Opera, Munich, Vienna, Geneva, Paris, Bordeaux, Flanders and at the Aix-en-Provence and Bregenz Festivals. In the United Kingdom he has been a frequent guest of the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival. He has worked for the Aldeburgh Festival at the BBC Proms and with all the leading orchestras at London’s South Bank, Albert Hall, The Barbican, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Wigmore Hall.

In North America he has sung at the Metropolitan Opera New York, New York City Opera, Houston, Santa Fe and Vancouver. He has sung at Teatro Colon Buenos Aries and in San Paulo Brazil.

He has sung extensively for Opera Australia and has worked with all the major symphony orchestras throughout all the principal concert halls.

He has sung more than 60 roles including Figaro, Forester, Michele, Scarpia, Marcello, Sharpless, Don Giovanni, Count, Onegin, Dandini, Billy Budd, Macbeth,Gunther, Golaud, Germont, Chorebe, Wolfram, Beckmesser, Gunther, Donner, Pizzaro, and Sweeny Todd. His numerous awards include Helpmann Awards for Todd and The Traveller (Death in Venice), Green room awards for Billy Budd, Orestes, and Harry Joy (Brett Dean).

Peter Coleman-Wright has recorded extensively for EMI, Telarc, Hyperion, ABC classics and LSO and SSO live.

Recent engagements include concerts in Madrid, Moscow, Amsterdam, Los Angeles Philharmonic in Nixon in China with John Adams conducting , Rape of Lucretia Aldeburgh which was nominated for a Grammy award.

A champion of new and contemporary repertoire, he has created numerous roles most notably Harry Joy in Brett Dean’s Bliss and the title role in Caligula by Detlev Glanert.

Peter holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne and was awarded the Performer of the Year in the recent Arts awards in Australia for Socrates by Brett Dean. Peter was made an Officer in the order of Australia in 2015.

Dr Peter de Vries Faculty of Education, Monash University, Peninsular Campus, Frankston, Vic 3199.

Peter Kennard holds a Masters of Contemporary Improvisation from Macquarie University. He is widely regarded as a percussionist in the Sydney ‘world music’ scene specialising in a contemporary style on frame drums that draws upon Turkish, Mediterranean and Indian traditions and concepts. He has a parallel 25 year plus career composing for contemporary theatre and dance.

Dr Peter Phipps is Director of International Studies at RMIT University. He has published on Indigenous festivals, tourism and the politics of cultural globalization and has consulted to a number of organizations and government bodies in Australia, the Pacific and Europe.

Peter Renshaw retired in 2001 as Head of Research and Development at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he pioneered the work in performance and communications skills. Formerly principal of the Yehudi Menuhin School, he has served widely around the world as a consultant to many educational and cultural institutions. He was also the Gresham Professor of Music between 1986 and 1993, and a moderator for Sound Links, a EU Socrates project on cultural diversity in music education. In 2006 he became a mentor at the Practitioner Development Programme at The Sage Gateshead in North East England. He is a board member of the Yehudi Mehuhin School and LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre).

Professor Peter Roennfeldt is Director, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland.


Peter Tregear is a Principal Fellow of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor of the University of Adelaide.

Peter Winkler is a composer, record producer and a leading practitioner in community and world music. He was the Music Director of the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Paralympic games and is the Music Director of REM Theatre and the LATT Theatre in Seoul, South Korea.

Professor Graham is Head of Music and Sound at Queensland University of Technology

Phil Slater is a trumpeter, improviser and composer living and working in the Illawarra region.  He is the leader or co-leader of the Phil Slater Quintet, Band of Five Names, and Daorum, and has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists including the Australian Art Orchestra, Sandy Evans, Archie Roach, Paul Grabowsky, Genevieve Lacey, Katie Noonan, Andrea Keller, Mike Nock, Jonathan Zwartz, Missy Higgins, Lou Reed, and many others.  He has composed and performed music for the Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Legs on the Wall and Force Majeure.  He has been awarded the Bell Award for Australian Jazz Musician of the Year, the Bell Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Ensemble (Phil Slater Quartet), the National Jazz Award, the Freedman Fellowship and the Limelight Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Jazz.  His recent recording The Dark Pattern was nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Jazz Recording, the Australian Music Prize (AMP), an Australian Independent Recording (AIR) Award and an Art Music Award.  Phil is Lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and was awarded a PhD in 2020.