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Music Victoria Board

Sarah Blaby

Sarah Blaby is a 38 year old musician, DJ, venue booker, promoter and more recently a sales manager.

After 5 years at Shock Records in the 90s, Sarah moved on for an 8 year stint working for Camillo Ippoliti as the entertainment manager of Revolver Upstairs, Cookie and The Toff in Town.  It was the era of the Melbourne 2am Lockout and the banning of smoking in venues which were major times of change for live music venues and nightclubs - particularly Southside as they were also coping with large-scale gentrification and the north migration of the music industry.

Sarah played guitar in Porcelain and Remake Remodel for over 10 years, and US/Aus band Origami, plus a stint in the 90s in Hecate and Sheraw at the now legendary Easey St ‘Rock n Roll High school’. She's played alongside Le Tigre, Le Butcherettes, Dinosaur Jr, The Coolies, Scream Club, MEN and pretty much every Melbourne band you can think of. Plus, she’s toured all over Australia, Europe, Japan and USA, played the Big Day Out, Ladyfest Colorado, North by North East conference (NXNE Toronto) and represented Revolver at South by South West.

For the last 4 and a half years Sarah has been the Sponsorship and Promotions Manager for PBS 106.7FM working alongside all major venues, events, festivals, councils, touring agents and promoters in Victoria. That is 20 years in Melbourne’s music industry and counting! 

Ian James

Ian James has been the Managing Director of Mushroom Music Publishing for the past 29 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.  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.

Catherine McGauran

My diverse range of skills and involvement in the music industry in Victoria makes me a strong candidate for the board. I co-host the Breakfast Spread on PBS FM which requires me to keep up to date with what's happening in the industry and around Melbourne, and I play in a band myself. My knowledge and involvement with music in regional areas is significant because I have good connections around the state and a solid understanding of the issues faced in these areas. When I lived in Gippsland I volunteered with the Lyrebird Arts Council in Meeniyan, and have been the MC of the Beechworth Music Festival since its inception last year. I also helped Music Victoria apply for funding to get the Geelong Regional Music Strategy up. 

Professionally I have a background in law and journalism meaning that I am used to making decisions based on evidence before me, i.e. as impartially as possible. Aside from PBS I work at The Council to Homeless Persons, the peak body for the housing/homelessness sector in Victoria which is useful because I have an excellent understanding of how peak bodies work and what their role is within an industry. 

Michelle Nicol

Michelle Nicol is a business and digital marketing strategist and has 15 years experience in media and communications. Since 2006, Michelle has worked as a senior business strategist and consultant, specialising in digital marketing and PR for the entertainment, hospitality, retail and destination marketing sectors. The Co-Founder and Content Marketing Director of two start-up technology companies, she possesses sound knowledge of the development and funding stages of start-ups and the technology economy.

Michelle has a strong interest and network in the Victorian music scene and was instrumental in leading the initiatives resulting in the renaming of Rowland S. Howard Lane to honour the contribution of musicians to our culture, and has been a promoter, tour manager and publicist for Australian and international artists.

Recently she has been closely involved with senior levels of local and State Government in the strategic development of local precincts and urban renewal project and events including Pride March Victoria, World AIDS Conference and St Kilda Festival.  As a consultant she reports to a number of boards and committees including St Kilda Tourism, Fitzroy Street Precinct and non-profits such as the Jewish Taskforce Against Family Violence and The Hunger Project. She has also successfully delivered state and federal Government-funded projects in Australia for both (major) sides of Government.

Tim Northeast

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.

Cassandra Pace

Cassandra Pace is passionate about enabling culture creators and brings a decade of public policy experience to her volunteer roles in the music industry. Cassandra was an early member and volunteer of Music Victoria before joining the Board in October 2013. She has demonstrated the ability to use her policy skills and government experience to help Music Victoria achieve its objectives. Cassandra has played a key role in drafting policy documents for Music Victoria including:

-‘The Case for Regulatory Reform’ position paper presented to the Victorian Government in November 2012
-A proposal for a state based variation to the Building Code of Australia to ensure live music venues are subject to lower levels of red tape
-‘Position and Priorities’ paper that presented 19 recommendations to the Victorian Government in March 2014.

Most recently Cassandra led a research project to better understand the barriers women face to their participation and career development in the Victorian music industry. The survey results were presented in the ‘Women in the Victorian Contemporary Music Industry’ paper, which was publicly released in September 2015. Cassandra looks forward to continuing to contribute to the achievement of Music Victoria’s goals and delivery on its business plan.

Justin Rudge

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.

Chrissie Vincent

Chrissie started her career in the music industry in 1981 at Festival Records in Sydney, with over 34 years experience in the music and entertainment industry, Chrissie has worked with some of the biggest names in music, both in Australia and internationally (based in Los Angeles for 5 years at Virgin Records Worldwide) including the Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Smashing Pumpkins, Rod Stewart and Australian artists and bands such as The Living End, Pete Murray, Don Walker, Jeff Lang, Tim Rogers, Tex Perkins  - the list is endless. Over the years, Chrissie has worked in various capacities including publicity, artist management, TV production, record promotion, radio promotion and music television @ MTV in Australia and the US.  In 1999 she took the opportunity to branch out on her own as an independent publicist establishing Chrissie Vincent Publicity & Management.

Over the past 15 years, Chrissie has worked on successful publicity campaigns for events such as Falls Festival, St Kilda Festival, St Kilda Film Festival, Pyramid Rock Festival, Boogie Festival, the Australasian Worldwide Music Expo and CD and National Tour Campaigns for both local and international touring artists.

In January 2015, Chrissie accepted the position of Associate Head of Entertainment Management at Collarts (Australian Collage of the Arts) where she is overseeing the Entertainment Management Department and redesigning the course for reaccreditation in 2017.

Chrissie is currently completing a Masters Degree in International Music Business.

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.


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