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Music Victoria Staff

Patrick Donovan

Patrick Donovan

CEO

Patrick Donovan was appointed CEO of Music Victoria, the peak body for contemporary music, in 2010. This followed a 15 year career at The Age newspaper where he was chief music writer for 12 years; wrote the local Sticky Carpet music column; and interviewed artists from Nick Cave to Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, David Bowie and Lou Reed. In his time at the Age, he founded and ran The EG Awards and started the campaign to name a street in honour of AC/DC which led to AC/DC Lane. He tour managed Iggy Pop in 1998, played in a band, and DJed. He is currently a member of the Victorian Live Music Roundtable and is on the board of the National Film and Sound Archive.

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Laura Imbruglia

Laura Imbruglia

Project / Marketing Manager

Previously most well-known as a musician (with 3 albums and countless tours under her belt), in recent years, Laura has been at the helm of the beloved variety webseries "Amateur Hour". She's appeared on panels across Melbourne to offer advice on crowdfunding and grant writing, and is passionate about empowering, educating and galvanising musicians.
Laura has also been known to DJ and host music trivia around Melbourne, and hosts the occasional pop up radio show "Word Nerds" on 3RRR. She's still making music too (naturally).

 

Sarah Deborre

Sarah Deborre

Live Music Professionals/Cultivate Project Manager

At Music Victoria Sarah project manages both the Cultivate and Live Music Professionals programs – government funded leadership and business coaching programs for the Victorian music sector. Her background has been firmly rooted in the Melbourne music community including close to ten years spent with community broadcaster, PBS FM (where she both presented programs and worked in a variety of roles at the station). From there, Sarah moved on to work in digital distribution with The Orchard and project management at The Push where she ran music industry workshops and mentoring programs. Sarah has also spent a decent amount of time writing columns and articles for street press, running benefit gigs and working in music television. 

Al Parkinson

Al Parkinson

Professional Development / Membership Manager

Al surrounds herself with as much music-related business as possible and has worn a number of hats in the Melbourne music community. She performs her own music regularly, has curated boutique events such as Sofar Sounds, worked in community radio, tour managed, is a mentor for The Push and worked at creative industries College, Collarts for three years.  

Al is always advocating for the Victorian music industry and is proud to be working at Music Victoria as the Professional Development & Membership Manager.

Sianne van Abkoude

Sianne van Abkoude

Office Administrator, Music Victoria and VMDO

Sianne is an Alice Springs export (with a few years in Adelaide between then and now). An avid member of the Australian music community, and a new member of the Melbourne one, Sianne is excited to be contributing to both the Music Victoria and VMDO teams as Office Administrator.

She is an illustrator, designer, DIY enthusiast and a current Music Industry Pathways mentee at The Push. You can generally find her persisting with her passion-project - live gig and video series, Extended Family or laying groundwork with the rest of the team at Girls Rock! Adelaide.

 


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