Music Victoria Staff
General Manager & Acting CEO
Dale was appointed General Manager of Music Victoria in March 2019. Prior to the role, Dale spent years touring the world with many successful bands as a tour manager, sound engineer, artist manager and musician. In more recent times, he managed the touring department at Regional Arts Victoria, coordinating events around Australia that connect artists with new audiences and opportunities. He also runs Club Kids Music Academy an electronic music project for kids, and he is a board member for Schoolhouse Studios, an organisation that provides affordable workspace for emerging artists and creative business.
Event Producer & Marketing
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 and hosted workshops across Melbourne to offer advice on crowdfunding, release strategy, songwriting 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).
Professional Development & Memberships Manager
Ash brings her diverse experience from the music, media and mental health industries to Music Victoria’s members and professional development program. With a passion for radio and community, she has experience in presenting and producing with community broadcasters, and is immersed in the cultural tapestry of music in Victoria.
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.
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.
The Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) was established as part of the Victorian Government’s $22.2 million Music Works strategy, is managed by Music Victoria and guided by a steering committee of music industry experts. The VMDO is focused on supporting the Victorian contemporary music industry now and into the future.
Find out more at vmdo.com.au or phone (03) 9686 3411.
Acting General Manager / Music Business Manager
Katie Stewart is the Music Business Manager at the Victorian Music Development Office. Previously, she was the General Manager of Lunatic Entertainment and St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
Katie’s experience in event management has been quite diverse over the years, evolving from managing local event volunteers through to overseeing all festival departments. She also has international experience in live music and touring, having advanced many international tours for the likes of The Temper Trap, Gotye and CHVRCHES and joining them on the road in as Tour Manager/Assistant Tour Manager. She was named as one of the New Bosses for 2016 in the IQ Magazine Awards.
Katie’s favourite festival experiences globally include Coachella, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Roskilde, Sonar Barcelona and Fuji Rock. On the bucket list includes Primavera, Form Arcosanti and Austin City Limits.
Jessica Ibacache is a Chilean-Australian artist, writer, community organiser and arts worker. Driven by her passion for social justice and community-lead art, Jessica strives to produce work that is reflective of her roots and accessible for all audiences. Her creative practice is inspired by her culture, community, family and experience of being a woman of colour in the Latinx diaspora. She is the co-founder of In Sickness and Stealth, an arts collective for artists with disability, chronic illness and mental illness, and Yo Soy, a collective for Melbourne based Latinx creatives. She has previously worked for Footscray Community Arts Centre, Arts Access Victoria and PHOTO 2020.
Music Victoria Board
Sally has worked for APRA AMCOS for 40 years, most recently as an Advisor to both companies. Prior to that she held the executive position as the Head of Member Services. Sally is the author of Song Cycles – An audit of support infrastructure for Indigenous Music in Australia. Commissioned by the Australia Council and published in 2010. She researched and authored Starting Ground – A Scoping Study into NSW Aboriginal Artists (2015) and was the Project Manager for the NSW Skills Development program – Starting Ground which started in 2015 and is now in its fifth year. Sally is a Non-Executive Director of the Archie Roach Foundation and Support Act Ltd (SAL), having been appointed Chair of the SAL Board in 2013.
Acting Deputy Chair
Artist, advocate and industry stalwart Chris O’Neill has been committed to music for more than a decade. While he graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Music, it’s been his work on and off the stage that had built his profile and reputation.
Chris makes a daily contribution to supporting songwriters through his role at APRA AMCOS as National Manager – Writer Services, where he regularly engages with industry organisations around the country, whilst rolling out the APRA AMCOS national events program and managing the APRA AMCOS grants program.
An acclaimed drummer, Chris has written and performed with artists from just about every genre, made numerous records, and performed on stages around the country including major festivals such as Prima Vera, Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out.
Dean has been part of creative industries over the past decade, working behind the scenes on productions such as Offspring before moving to music. Dean currently holds a senior management position at Australia’s premier music business and accounting firm, White Sky Music, being involved with several of Australia’s most prominent music businesses.
Dean has also contributed to the industry by being an Artist Manager and is currently in the final stages of completing an MBA with Deakin University.
Catherine Haridy has been managing musical Artists and Producers, Mixers, Writers, Engineers and even a Music Philosopher for the last 12 years. Coming from a record label background, Cath cut her teeth at both Warner Music and Festival Mushroom Records in A&R before crossing the floor to Management in 2006. Her stable includes a roster of talented and enduring Artists including Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Adalita, Bob Evans and ABC TV family artist dirtgirl along with some of the brightest in Music Production and Writing: Anna Laverty, Tony Buchen Steven Schram, Joel Quartermain, JP Fung, Jimi Maroudas as well as Mick Glossop (ANZ only) and Ian Caple (ANZ only). The management company has expanded into managing non-musical artists forging a wonderful partnership with Berlin-based Australian, Craig Schuftan, who has had three works published, won an ARIA for his work with The Chaser and broadcast the successful “Culture Club” on national youth network Triple J.
Catherine is a current board member of Support Act Limited (SAL): a charity supporting musicians and music professionals who experience crisis or hardship. She was Chairperson of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) for 4 consecutive years, and remains a current board member, is an APRA Ambassador, an AMP Award Patron and formerly involved for 7 years with the board and several sub-committees of the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF). Cath continues to be involved in various advocacy issues that effect artists and their managers, and is a proud Patron of the AAM!
Kerry Kennell, a proud Torres Strait islander woman from the eastern islands Ugar and Erub, launched into the Victorian music scene in late 2018 managing the band Key Hoo. Kerry went from zero to one hundred in the industry, and quickly became known as an influencer and mentor to new and emerging artists.
Originally from Queensland, Kerry brings over 15 years of experience as a business owner and lawyer, having worked in private practice, legal aid, and all levels of government. Kerry’s entrepreneurial spirit saw her branch out on her own in early 2019, and she is now consulting to small business and not-for-profit organisations, where she mentors and empowers First Nations business owners, entrepreneurs, and creatives.
Holding Bachelor of Laws from Griffith University, Kerry brings experience from government, law, construction, and music. Kerry specialises in the areas of business management, strategic planning, and working with First Nations creatives, which will enable her to make a positive and meaningful impact with Music Victoria.
Matthew Kennedy has worked within not-for-profit business management and development, across all of local, state, national and international levels, for nearly 25 years. Since 2011, Matthew has been the Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Victoria, a $5-6million umbrella body which has over 40 staff and about 900 member clubs, centres and associations. TV’s registered participants have grown from 90,390 to over 270,000 in this period. Matthew previously worked for the International Cricket Council for a decade and was its Global Development Manager, first based out of London and then later Dubai, responsible for overseeing an annual budget of $30million to best support the ICC’s 94 non-Test cricket nations. In doing so, he worked with – and learnt from – a very diverse range of governments/departments and sporting bodies.
Matthew began his career in 1993 at the Victorian Cricket Association, finishing seven years there as its Community Cricket Manager. He has been a Co-opted Director on the Music Victoria Board for the past two years, hoping that his acquired skills and experiences in governance, strategic planning, organisational leadership and growth, and stakeholder relations, have contributed positively in that time. Under its new structure, Matthew presently sits on the MV Operations sub-committee. He previously served on MV’s Business and Strategic Planning sub-committee, Finance sub-committee, Women’s Affairs sub-committee, and HR/Employee sub-committee. Matthew has a Bachelor of Business in Sports Management (Deakin University 1992) and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Law (Melbourne University 2008). He recently sat the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and is due to complete the assessment tasks shortly.
Chelsea Wilson is a Melbourne based vocalist, broadcaster, DJ and producer with over 12 years of music industry experience. Her debut soul-inspired album ‘I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me’ was lauded #2 Album of the Year on ABC Radio National and nominated for Best Soul album at the Age Music Victoria Awards 2014, leading to performances including Glastonbury Festival UK and the headline spot on the Arts Centre stage at the Australasian World Music Expo. Her behind the scenes roles have included Concert and Events Licensing Representative at APRA|AMCOS and Music Manager at PBS 106.7FM. Currently, Chelsea is the Artistic Director of Stonnington Jazz Festival and Music Programmer of Brunswick Music Festival. Passionate about independent media she produces and presents radio programs ‘Jazz Got Soul’ (PBS) and ‘The Australian Soul Sessions’ (Mi-Soul London). She also curates the ‘Women of Soul’ performance series. A member of the Women in Music Panel she is also chair of the Musicians Advisory panel for Music Victoria. She holds a Masters Degree of Arts and Entertainment Management, a Bachelor of Popular Music and a Diploma in Entertainment Business Management.
After previously working for an independent record label and as a band manager, Heidi founded her own publicity company, Riot House Publicity, in 2006. The agency has since expanded to include two other staff members and continues to work with a varied roster of artists and festivals including Alex Lahey, Marlon Williams, The Jezabels, C.W. Stoneking, Beyond The Valley and Grapevine festivals. Heidi has completed a short course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Governance For Non-Profits) and is a member of the AICD. Through her years working in publicity, she has developed skills in media relations, crisis management, and image development/management. After 15 years in the music industry working in record labels, management companies and as the director of her own publicity consultancy, she brings a breadth of knowledge and experience from a marketing and PR background.
Sally has worked in music venues for over 15 years across all facets of the business. In her current role at Marriner Group, she manages programming and commercial partnerships for Forum Melbourne. During her previous 10 years with the Corner Group, Sally oversaw the music & marketing operations of the group, including booking, marketing, ticketing and logistics for Corner Hotel, Northcote Social Club and The National Richmond. Sally is passionate about making live music accessible to all and has been involved in driving a number of initiatives & projects focused on improving safer spaces, accessibility and diversity in live music venues, as well as creating networking and mentoring opportunities for women in music.