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Tim Northeast (Chair)

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.

Barry Williams (Treasurer)

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.

Sarah Blaby

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! 

Tracee Hutchison

Tracee Hutchison

Tracee Hutchison is a highly regarded broadcaster, journalist, arts and media executive, commissioning editor, multi-platform producer/director, executive producer, educator and author and brings 30 years’ experience at the highest level in Australian and international broadcast media and arts sectors.

Tracees wide-ranging media career includes high profile on air roles at JJJ, where she launched the national network, ABC radio (national, local and regional), Radio Australia, 3RRR.FM and television presenter and reporter roles at the 7.30 Report, ABC Arts and co-host of ABC TV’s DIG TV, with James Reyne. Her extensive TV and online production credits include: Series Producer for ‘nomad’, the program that discovered silverchair(SBS TV), Network Executive Producer for the ABC’s Australia Network/ABC International and Talent Producer/Scriptwriter for ‘Rockwiz’ (SBS TV).

A former CEO of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival and Program Director & Board Member at 3RRR.FM, Tracee is currently Head of Journalism at the Australian College of Arts (Collarts) and consults to the community broadcasting sector, arts organisations and local government.

Tracee has been a passionate advocate for social justice issues throughout her career and brings a strong commitment to gender equity, representation of CALD artists and a particular interest and support for regional music initiatives to her role on the Music Victoria Board. 

Michelle Nicol

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.

Chrissie Vincent

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.

 


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