Ashley Admiraal (Chair)
Ashley is a consultant advisor in development and sustainability having broad experience in the planning and delivery of public capital projects, including buildings and infrastructure. He works as an adviser to governments and industry, in policy development, academia, and as a project manager.
Ashley was a leading author of Music Victoria’s Music Industry Position Paper – the case for regulatory reform, and Music Victoria's Position and Priorities 'white paper'. He is a key figure in the industry's engagement with government, and in strategic planning for the sector. Ashley is a Master of Environment and a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.
Cassandra Pace (Deputy Chair)
Cassie graduated with first class honours in 2004 and her thesis examined the Australian recorded music industry. Cassie has since spent almost a decade in government and has worked for the federal government in Canberra and local government in London. Cassie is currently employed as a senior policy advisor in the Victorian Government.
Cassie was an early member and volunteer of Music Victoria. Initially she helped establish a relationship between Music Victoria and Small Business Victoria to offer workshops. Last year Cassie played a key role in drafting Music Victoria's position paper on regulatory reform that was presented to the first Live Music Roundtable. This year Cassie has been a member of the Building Issues Working Group under the Roundtable and again played a key role in drafting the proposal for a state based variation to the Building Code of Australia.
Cassie has demonstrated the ability to use her policy skills and government experience to help Music Victoria achieve its objectives.
Moira McKenzie (Secretary)
Moira is solicitor at GI & Sanicki Lawyers and practices primarily in entertainment and intellectual property law. Moira represents some of Australia’s best known artists in the music industry, as well as artist managers, indie record labels, publishers, producers, music festivals, and other music businesses.
Aside from her work with Music Victoria, Moira volunteers her time as a pro-bono lawyer for Arts Law Centre of Australia, The Push, Bigsound and Face the Music. In 2014 Moira was awarded a Pro-Bono Lawyer Award from the Arts Law Centre.
Moira is also a musician and a music lover and holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Music alongside her law degree.
Barry Williams (Treasurer)
Barry Williams is now after a 35 year career in the Motor Industry happily retired. Graduating from Bendigo College with an accounting degree in 1997 he moved to Melbourne in 1978 to take a position with Penfold Motors as accountant. During his 35 year career with the company he successfully became a partner of the business. During his time within the motor industry he served on many industry advisory committees and boards. He culminated his career by becoming Managing Director of the company. With Barry’s direction Penfold Motors was regarded as a generous corporate citizen and actively supported many local community activities, many of those involving the music industry, including long term associations with PBS FM and QMF music festival. Barry has extensive management skills in marketing finance digital strategies team building strategic planning and corporate governance. He was appointed to the Music Victoria Board in 2013 and has been an active contributor, for the last four months he has held the position as treasurer. His enthusiasm for the vision of Music Victoria is the compelling reason why he decided to stand again for election for the coming year.
Andrew is a commercial lawyer whose practice is primarily with the creative industries (myEntertainmentLawyer.com). Andrew has held senior roles at Shock Entertainment, Village Roadshow and Roadshow Films. His professional background is as a commercial / intellectual property lawyer, with previous board experience at WAM – the peak body for contemporary music in WA (Vice President), The Arena Theatre Company (Director) and Music Victoria (Board Member/Secretary/Chair – immediate past-President). He is a passionate musician, having performed and recorded with a number of independent bands in Australia and overseas. Andrew is a grants writer for clients in the creative industries and is often asked to speak on entertainment industry issues at conferences and educational institutions. He is the principal of New Action Management which manages Rob Snarski, and Kim Salmon and his various projects.
Managing Director / Owner of The Ticket Group including moshtix. Harley is one of Australia’s most respected and experienced ticketing executives. He has worked for many of the big names in live events, including Ticketek, Fulham Football Club and Dainty Consolidated Entertainment. His 15 years of experience with major music, sport and theatrical events have included C-level responsibilities for team leadership, planning, business development & commercial operations and venue & event management. Harley is also renowned for building strong customer relationships and for his contributions to the ticketing industry. He has a passion for culture within an organisation and this remains a key priority for him at The Ticket Group.
Justin Rudge is the creator of Public Bookings and is a founding member of the team behind Leaps and Bounds Music Festival in the City of Yarra. Working closely with the team at Music Victoria that auspice the festival, the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival has grown in 2 years into one of the premier festivals in Melbourne's music calendar with over 300 performances over 30+ venues in 16 days. With a long history of commitment to the Melbourne music scene, Justin first began artist booking and management at The Standard Hotel in Fitzroy over 10 years ago. From there Justin has built a reputation for guiding local talent and has developed a significant roster of quality artists including Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Dallas Crane, Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos, Ron S Peno & The Superstions, Ruby Boots, Three Kings and many more. Under the banner of Public Bookings, Justin offers a full service and support arrangement from booking local shows to major festivals, recording, planning, tour logistics and management and everything in between. A recording engineer, session musician and performer in his own right, Justin has also completed two 35+ date tours of Europe with Dirty York in the last two years, and is currently playing weekly gigs with country outfit The Bakersfield Glee Club.
MPM was set up by Michael Parisi in 2008 as a management and consultancy company to look after Australian artists and create new music based initiatives. MPM’s roster features artists such as Owl Eyes, Dan Sultan, Way Of The Eagle and Stonefield with current projects including Wunderkind label, Audio Branding and Dream Inc. Michael worked for Warner Music Australia from 1990 where he signed Regurgitator, The Superjesus and The Whitlams and helped build the careers of acts like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg, NIN and Marilyn Manson. His first signing for Sputnik Records in 2002 was an unknown, UK three piece called MUSE. As Managing Director of Festival Mushroom Records from 2002-2008, Michael was in charge of a roster that included Kylie Minogue, ACDC, Eskimo Joe, Gyroscope and Gabriella Cilmi (whom he discovered and signed to Island Records UK).
Tim has been involved in live music venue management for over 25 years and is currently a member of the Victorian Music Council and the Live Music Roundtable.
Originally from Warrnambool in country Victoria, Tim completed a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and gained experience in corporate banking and retail before moving into venue management. Tim has been Managing Director and co-owner of The Corner since 1995 and is also co-owner of the Northcote Social Club, Newtown Social Club and The National Hotel.
Tim is also a director of Ticketscout Pty Ltd which is a boutique ticketing service focused on independent live music venues and events.
With experience in financial management, innovation and managing cultural change, Tim is keen to help reinvigorate live music in country Victoria and promote musicians rights.
Ian James has been the Managing Director of Mushroom Music Publishing for the past 28 years. Mushroom Music Publishing is the most successful independent music publisher in Australia and represents many of the most prominent songwriters in Australia and New Zealand. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Chairman of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). In 2014 he was appointed as the Adjunct Professor at the Victoria University College of Business and was also credited as the 45th most powerful person in the Australasian Music Industry Directory’s Power 50. He is also currently nominated in the MUSEXPO International Music Industry Awards held in Los Angeles in the Music Publisher category. Prior to joining Mushroom Music, he was at APRA for 10 years, managing the Licensing Department and the Southern Region office. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Psychology) from the University of New South Wales.