Tim Northeast (Chair)
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.
Chelsea Wilson (Deputy Chair)
Chelsea Wilson is a Melbourne based vocalist, broadcaster, DJ and producer with over 12 years music industry experience. Her debut soul-inspired album 'I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without Me' was lauded #2 Album of the Year on ABC Radio National and nominated for Best Soul album at the Age Music Victoria Awards 2014, leading to performances including Glastonbury Festival UK and the headline spot on the Arts Centre stage at the Australasian World Music Expo. Her behind the scenes roles have included Concert and Events Licensing Representative at APRA|AMCOS and Music Manager at PBS 106.7FM. Currently Chelsea is the Artistic Director of Stonnington Jazz Festival and Music Programmer of Brunswick Music Festival. Passionate about independent media she produces and presents radio programs 'Jazz Got Soul' (PBS) and 'The Australian Soul Sessions' (Mi-Soul London). She also curates the 'Women of Soul' performance series. A member of the Women in Music Panel she is also chair of the Musicians Advisory panel for Music Victoria. She holds a Masters Degree of Arts and Entertainment Management, a Bachelor of Popular Music and a Diploma in Entertainment Business Management.
Catherine Haridy (Treasurer)
Catherine Haridy has been managing musical Artists and Producers, Mixers, Writers, Engineers and even a Music Philosopher for the last 12 years. Coming from a record label background, Cath cut her teeth at both Warner Music and Festival Mushroom Records in A&R before crossing the floor to Management in 2006. Her stable includes a roster of talented and enduring Artists including Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Adalita, Bob Evans and ABC TV family artist dirtgirl along with some of the brightest in Music Production and Writing: Anna Laverty, Tony Buchen Steven Schram, Joel Quartermain, JP Fung, Jimi Maroudas as well as Mick Glossop (ANZ only) and Ian Caple (ANZ only). The management company has expanded into managing non-musical artists forging a wonderful partnership with Berlin-based Australian, Craig Schuftan, who has had three works published, won an ARIA for his work with The Chaser and broadcast the successful “Culture Club” on national youth network Triple J.
Catherine is a current board member of Support Act Limited (SAL): a charity supporting musicians and music professionals who experience crisis or hardship. She was Chairperson of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) for 4 consecutive years, and remains a current board member, is an APRA Ambassador, an AMP Award Patron and formerly involved for 7 years with the board and several sub-committees of the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF). Cath continues to be involved in various advocacy issues that effect artists and their managers, and is a proud Patron of the AAM!
Sarah Blaby (Secretary)
Sarah Blaby is a musician, DJ, venue booker, promoter and currently the sponsorship manager at PBS FM. She works alongside all major venues, festivals, councils, touring agents and promoters in Victoria, as well as National booking agents and media agencies. PBS is a one of the nation’s largest community radio stations, specializing in music of all genres and a champion of the local Melbourne scene. As manager of the sponsorship department she is responsible for funding partnerships, advertising income, maintaining council and government relations and keeping in touch with new and established venues and musicians in all stages of their careers.
With over 20 years in the Melbourne music scene, across media, venues and as a musician, she brings a wealth of experience in grass roots and punk rock DIY spaces and events, has a large knowledge of the club and DJ scene through 8 years as Revolver programmer, and is connected to a large vibrant scene of musicians and artists. Sarah was part of the now legendary ‘Rock n Roll High school’, has toured with Le Tigre, Le Butcherettes, Dinosaur Jr, The Coolies, Von Bondies, plus pretty much every Melbourne band you can think of, touring across Australia, Europe, Japan and USA. She’s performed at Big Day Out, Ladyfest, North by North East (NXNE Toronto) and represented organisations at South by South West. Sarah also managed Melbourne dark wave act HTRK during the recording of Marry me Tonight and she plays guitar in local three piece, Plaster of Paris.
Matthew Kennedy has worked within not-for-profit business management and development, across all of local, state, national and international levels, for nearly 25 years. Since 2011, Matthew has been the Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Victoria, a $5-6million umbrella body which has over 40 staff and about 900 member clubs, centres and associations. TV’s registered participants has grown from 90,390 to over 270,000 in this period. Matthew previously worked for the International Cricket Council for a decade and was its Global Development Manager, first based out of London and then later Dubai, responsible for overseeing an annual budget of $30million to best support the ICC’s 94 non-Test cricket nations. In doing so, he worked with – and learnt from – a very diverse range of governments/departments and sporting bodies.
Matthew began his career in 1993 at the Victorian Cricket Association, finishing seven years there as its Community Cricket Manager. He has been a Co-opted Director on the Music Victoria Board for the past two years, hoping that his acquired skills and experiences in governance, strategic planning, organisational leadership and growth, and stakeholder relations, have contributed positively in that time. Under its new structure, Matthew presently sits on the MV Operations sub-committee. He previously served on MV’s Business and Strategic Planning sub-committee, Finance sub-committee, Women’s Affairs sub-committee, and HR/Employee sub-committee. Matthew has a Bachelor of Business in Sport Management (Deakin University 1992) and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Law (Melbourne University 2008). He recently sat the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and is due to complete the assessment tasks shortly.
Artist, advocate and industry stalwart Chris O’Neill has been committed to music for more than a decade. While he graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Music, it’s been his work on and off the stage that had built his profile and reputation.
Chris makes a daily contribution to supporting songwriters through his role at APRA AMCOS as National Manager - Writer Services, where he regularly engages with industry organisations around the country, whilst rolling out the APRA AMCOS national events program and managing the APRA AMCOS grants program.
An acclaimed drummer, Chris has written and performed with artists from just about every genre, made numerous records, and performed on stages around the country including major festivals such as Prima Vera, Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out.
Melinda has been working in a variety of roles at The Push Inc for the past ten years. Beginning with a Bachelor of Business – Music Industry at VU, Melinda moved on to work at the Big Day Out. At The Push, Melinda manages the $1.4million Music Under Wings program at which incorporates a range of mentoring and skill development initiatives including Music Victoria's Live Music Professionals Program. Melinda has skills in program design and implementation, not for profits, human resources and more. She also has governance experience having sat on the Centre for Innovative Justice's Restorative Justice Advisory Board and providing consultancy to the Office of Public Prosecutions and the Family Violence Restorative Justice Project. In her spare time Melinda manages artists King IV and Zoe A’dore.
After previously working for an independent record label and as a band manager, Heidi founded her own publicity company, Riot House Publicity, in 2006. The agency has since expanded to include two other staff members, and continues to work with a varied roster of artists and festivals including Alex Lahey, Marlon Williams, The Jezabels, C.W. Stoneking, Beyond The Valley and Grapevine festivals. Heidi has completed a short course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Governance For Non Profits) and is a member of the AICD. Through her years working in publicity, she has developed skills in media relations, crisis management, and image development/management. After 15 years in the music industry working in record labels, management companies and as the director of her own publicity consultancy, she brings a breadth of knowledge and experience from a marketing and PR background.
Tim Heath was born and raised in Castlemaine and has been involved in live music for 20 years as a musician, venue booker and venue owner/manager. As a musician he has toured most parts of Australia extensively from cities to outback. For twelve years Tim was engaged in the Melbourne music scene, after which he moved back to his home town and has since become an owner and band booker of Castlemaine's Theatre Royal.
Tim has developed a strong sense of the music industry in regional places, has worked with local council and government to improve musician's opportunities and to improve longevity in venues. He has worked extensively with young musicians and organisations such as FREEZA and the Push, co-ordinating all-age events that offer exciting performance opportunities and safe spaces for young people to engage in live music.
He has worked with some of Bendigo's premier venues and is constantly engaged with the broader regional music industry.