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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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Dale Packard

Dale Packard

General Manager

Dale has spent years touring the world with many successful bands as a tour manager, sound engineer, artist manager and musician. In more recent times, his work and passion has been managing the touring department at Regional Arts Victoria and coordinating events around Australia that connect artists with new audiences and opportunities. He also runs Club Kids Music Academy and is a board member for Schoolhouse Studios.

Laura Imbruglia

Laura Imbruglia

Project / Marketing Manager

Previously most well-known as a musician (with 4 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).

 

Ash Bartlett

Ash Bartlett

Memberships and Professional Development Manager

Ash has worn a number of hats in the music industry as client manager, publicist and radio presenter. Most recently, she has been facilitating professional development programs, and draws from this experience in curating Music Victoria’s professional development program. Ash is immersed in the cultural tapestry of music in Melbourne, and brings her diverse experience to Music Victoria as Memberships and Professional Development Manager.

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. 

James Sanchez-Legg

James Sanchez-Legg

Office Administrator

A recent graduate of Box Hill Institute (Bachelor of Music Business), James’ passion for music led him to Music Victoria - he interned with us in 2018 and he impressed us so much, we kept him!

A multi-instrumentalist with diverse music taste, James is looking forward to gaining hands-on experience working in the music industry.

 


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