Andrew Fuller (Chair)
Andrew is an entertainment lawyer who has held senior roles at Shock Entertainment 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). He is a passionate musician, having performed and recorded with a number of independent bands in Australia and overseas. Andrew also writes arts grants for clients in the creative industries and is a keen gardener.
Barry Williams (Treasurer)
Barry Williams is a qualified accountant graduating from Bendigo College in 1977. For the past thirty-five years Barry was Director and Shareholder of the Penfold Motors Group one of Australia’s largest privately owned motor dealership groups.
During his time at Penfold’s prior to retiring in 2012 Barry actively supported many community organisations, including PBS Community Radio’s annual Radiothon, QMF Music Festival.
Barry is an avid live music supporter, with extensive skills in Marketing, Digital Strategies, Team Building and Strategic Planning.
Leigh Treweek is National Marketing Director and Owner of Street Press Australia.
With 15 years’ experience in the music and publishing industries, Leigh oversees one of Australia largest multi-platform music media companies in Australia.
As Marketing Director at Street Press Australia, Leigh forged strong relationships with venues, record labels and artist management. He has since gone on to work on major campaigns assisting national and international brands synch their products to music. Recently SPA launched into new media creating Australia first iPad only lifestyle and entertainment magazine that was recently voted as one of the top 20 magazine iPad apps in the world from a list of 5,000. The national stable of street press has also been dominating the magazine app charts since their launch.
Leigh is a regular panellist for The Seed and strongly believes that the support of grassroots music is the cornerstone of a strong music industry.
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 development practitioner.
Ashley was a leading author of Music Victoria’s Music Industry Position Paper – the case for regulatory reform. He has been working with agencies of the state to implement the reform strategy, and enhance the standing of the live music community in Victoria.
Ashley also developed the HistioGraph - World History Timeline Chart, and runs the publishing company - HistioGraph publications.
So Ashley’s interests are in sustainability, music and history, and he prioritises these depending on the time of day. Accordingly he is a member of the Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association, Music Victoria, and The Richard III Society.
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 is a solicitor at GI & Sanicki Lawyers specialising in music and entertainment law.
Moira completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music along with a Law degree at Southern Cross University and moved to Melbourne (the Oz music capital) 5 years ago.
Moira is a singer/songwriter/cellist and has toured nationally. On the industry side, Moira worked for indie label/distributor Vitamin Records for over 5 years, and is part of the festival team at Mullum Music Festival. Moira has also been a lecturer at JMC Academy.
As a solicitor Moira acts for artists, managers, publishers, distributors, festivals, venues and indie record labels. Moira also provides pro bono advice to Music Victoria and Bigsound and she is on the pro-bono panel of lawyers for Arts Law Centre of Australia.
Matt Topfer is Director of Strategy at Clear Design and Brand Strategy.
Originally from Brisbane Australia, Matt's first, if brief stint as an Economics and Maths Lecturer was replaced with a twenty-year-plus sales and marketing career with several companies including Unilever, United Distillers, Guinness, Diageo, CUB and Fosters.
Always passionate about the creation and development of both businesses and brands Matt became the inaugural Managing Director for Naked Melbourne a leading global brand and media strategy consultancy.
Matt joined Clear in 2008 working with a highly talented creative team to connect brand strategy with creative execution where the team works with a range of commercial and cultural organisations.
Clear clients include The ABC, Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, IMAX, University of Melbourne and triple j.
Vanessa Bassili formed Little Old Me Publicity in 2010. Since its inception, Little Old Me Publicity has proudly flown the publicity flag for international artists such as Bluesfest Touring artists, City and Colour, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Akron/Family, The Go! Team, Owen Pallett and Metric, as well as local artists such as Loon Lake, Husky and Ainslie Wills, just to name a few. Last year, Vanessa started booking bands for new music venue Howler. In its first year, Howler has hosted a plethora of diverse gigs including HTRK, James Blake (DJ set), Metz (Can), The Murlocs, Hiatus Kaiyote residency, 3 St Vincent shows and countless more. Vanessa looks after PR for the venue as well.
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