Music Victoria Staff
A professional arts leader, Simone brings with her a celebrated reputation for strategic sector development, and a commitment to equity and justice.
Simone comes to Music Victoria from Theatre Network Australia where, as General Manager, she drove the sectors’ COVID 19 response which centred on fundraising efforts and providing essential cash grants to those most impacted. One of her lasting legacies will be the formation of a national alliance of arts industry councils to provide a national advocacy platform. She holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in technical production, is an alumni of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Development Program and Co-convenor of the Arts Industry Council of Victoria.
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 and Program Producer
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).
Danielle Siers is an accountant and consultant with extensive experience within the music, media and events/touring realm. Earning her accounting chops at a Big 4 firm and more recently with KillRockStar, Big Dog Entertainment and Broadsheet Media as well as her own business, she has been crunching numbers since pre-GST times.
No surprise but Danielle is a HUGE music fan and comes to Music Victoria with an obsession and specialisation in electronic music. Danielle produced and hosted a weekly prime time radio show on Australia’s premier independent electronic music station Kiss FM for over 10 years, showcasing Victorian electronic music producers and DJs.
With her old school raver pedigree and her passion for music known industry wide, Danielle readily advises on business matters for niche music events and concurrent to her role at Music Victoria, is a part of the executive team for CHI WOW WAH TOWN festival.
Alyson found her way to Melbourne after travelling the world and living in major music cities such as London, UK, and Toronto, Canada. She first joined Music Victoria as an intern and worked on the 2020 Music Victoria Awards. She recently graduated from JMC Academy Melbourne with a Bachelor of Entertainment (Business Management) and continues to pursue postgraduate qualifications while working at Music Victoria.
Community & Projects Manager
Kiwat Kennell is a proud Eastern Torres Strait Islander descendant from the islands of Ugar and Erub.
Holding a Bachelor of Audio Production from the SAE Institute, Kiwat has spent the last 10 years on the ground in the entertainment industry in Naarm (Melbourne).
Breaking into the scene with his award-winning band Key Hoo, Kiwat has shared the stage with artists such as Uncle Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, Baker Boy, Alice Skye and Kee’ahn.
As a freelance Audio Engineer, Producer, and former Owner Operator of Kiwat Kennell Productions, he has worked for large venues and events including The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Crown Casino Ltd. He also has extensive experience as a music booker and host of various local live music bars.
Kiwat enjoys assisting artists on their creative journey’s on-and-off stage and aim’s to help strengthen the integrity of performers through guidance and ongoing support. He is currently studying a Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Business and Management at Curtin University and hopes to stay connected to his culture and music.
Mental Health Clinician/Consultant
Originally born in Melbourne but raised in New Zealand, Bree was lucky enough to attend the Music & Audio Institute of New Zealand. Bree spent most of her youth drumming in punk and pop-rock bands within Auckland’s live music scene.
Bree returned to Melbourne in her early twenties where she thoroughly enjoyed the diverse music community the city had to offer. She began to shift her professional focus to emotional wellbeing after experiencing her own lived experience of mental health challenges. During this time, she wrote for an online music magazine, “Stimulate Your Soul“.
Bree has worked within digital crisis support, youth services, trauma informed support as well as consultancy positions across the health sector. She joined Music Victoria to help give back to the music community that raised her, with a focus on the collective challenges our industry has endured throughout the pandemic.
While working at Music Victoria, Bree is finalising her Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Australian College of Applied Psychology
Sarah brings over 20 years of music industry experience to her role as Regional Manager.
Her prolific work in not-for-profits and project management roles has seen her deliver projects such as Cultivate, a women’s leadership program; Live Music Professionals, a business upskilling program for regional and metro venues and promoters and the FReeZACentral mentoring program at The Push. Coupled with a long history at PBS FM and stints in record distribution, music press, music TV, festivals and more – a long with Sarah’s move to regional Victoria in early 2020 – Sarah is well-placed to lead Music Victoria’s regional work.
With a background in digital marketing, Hannah has spent most of her career managing digital and social campaigns for a whole range of music industry clients including national festivals Isol-Aid Festival, Good Things Festival & Origin Fields and has worked with a huge number of venues, events and touring artists over the years.
She also has a plenty of experience in event management & operations, has worked at many festivals and events across WA (before recently relocating to Victoria), as well as produced many of her own.
Hannah is very passionate about inclusivity, diversity & mental health, and looks forward to a future in the music sector that prioritises all of the above.
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.
Music Business Manager
Having worked in the global music industry for over eight years, AJ spent the last four years working in Artist Management.
A native of Mainland China, AJ moved to New York City in 2013 and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Music Business at New York University. During her time in the US, she interned for multiple major and independent record labels and worked as a technical researcher for YouTube Music before moving to Australia in 2018.
She is currently overseeing the career of the Australian alt-pop trio, Woodlock, alongside her co-manager. She joined VMDO with experiences from different roles in the Victorian Music industry, including Operations Manager at Mushroom Management/Converge Management and Artists and Operations Manager at Tiny Triumphs Management.
Melanie Pose is a senior arts manager with more than ten years’ experience in the arts festival sector. Melanie has worked at a senior leadership level in general management, curation and programming across a number of critically acclaimed and commercially successful events. These include Melbourne Festival, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) and the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
Since 2019, Melanie has worked as an independent consultant on a number of major music and arts projects across Australia. Melanie is a current Board Member of Speak Percussion.
Music Market Staff
Part of the Victorian Government’s $22.2 million Music Works strategy, Music Market is an accessible and flexible space that will sustain, develop and grow Victoria’s contemporary music sector to build cultural and economic outcomes. Music Market and the Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) are funded by Creative Victoria through Music Works and delivered by Music Victoria.
Find out more at www.musicmarket.com.au
Music Market Manager
Matt has many years of experience in venues mainly focused on the delivery of diverse electronic dance music events and festivals and joins Music Market after working extensively in the club scene as a Venue Manager (Hugs & Kisses), General Manager (Colour), Artist Manager, Promoter and DJ.
Matt continues to cultivate club experiences and safe spaces through promotion, booking & event management of several local parties in addition to being an advocate for underground & queer dance culture in Naarm.
Music has surrounded Nate his whole life starting from playing guitar at an early age, to obtaining a Bachelor of Creative Technology and Live Sound. He then became the Senior Lighting and Venue Technician at Crown Casino, Spice Market, and various other venues around Melbourne. Since late 2021 he resides with Music Market managing production.
Alongside Music Market, Nate takes on various roles touring arenas, large festivals, and events around Australia and internationally. He has worked alongside many artists such as The Black-Eyed Peas, Mario, Baker Boy, Ocean Alley, Fat Man Scoop, Lil Jon, Steve Aoki, Alesso, and Regurgitator.
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.
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.
With over 30 years’ experience across artist management, event and tour management, publicity and industry advisory roles, Fiona has a deep understanding of the musician’s perspective, alongside proven abilities in strategic management, financial management, advocacy, governance and policy.
From her very first roles in radio and publicity, she knew the Australian music industry would be a lifelong passion. As one of the longest-serving female music managers in this country, working with some of Australia’s biggest and most influential performers paved the way for a diverse and challenging career; the highlight being management of Spiderbait from emerging artists to one of Australia’s most successful and enduring rock bands with a number one record, hottest 100 no 1 spot, multiple ARIAs, multi-platinum albums and sold-out tours.
Now living and working regionally, Fiona has a new understanding of the needs of the regional music industry and contributes to several working groups and initiatives such as a member of Music Victoria’s Women’s Advisory Panel, member of the Music Victoria Regional Working Group, the State Government Live Music Roundtable, a member of the Festivals Sub-Committee, and a member of the reference group for the Cultivate Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nkechi Anele grew up in Melbourne and has spent over a decade in the Australian music industry as the lead singer in Saskwatch, touring and performing nationally and internationally. In 2015, she along with best friend Lucie Cutting, started The Pin, a discussion platform about race, identity and culture through an Australian lens. With the changing narrative around social identity politics and race in Australia, the two sought out to document the lived experience of BIPOC people, build a bank of knowledge, and foster a community for all people to grow and discover. Nkechi took the helm as host and producer of the weekly music program ‘Roots N’ All’ on triple j for five years. In this role, she championed Australian artists, international musicians, and the emerging global music scenes worldwide to a national audience. Creatively, Nkechi has lent herself to the stage (Caroline, or Change, dir. Mitchel Butel), screen (Rare Birds, dir. Melanie Scammell) and television (Rock Wiz), and has been a featured vocalist for Ex-Olympian (2019), Julian Dyne (2021) and many more.
Penny Ikinger is a professional musician with almost forty years’ experience working in the music industry. She would like for musicians to be truly valued and adequately renumerated financially for their work, for the benefits they impart to the wider community, and for vital role they play in the industry. Penny is one of the first female electric guitarists to come out of Australia, joining Sydney band Wet Taxis in 1983. She has performed and recorded with artists such as Kim Salmon, Deniz Tek, Louis Tillett and Sacred Cowboys. In 2000, She established herself as a solo singer-songwriter and has performed worldwide. She has a deep love of Australian rock’n’roll plus a keen interest in a broad range of musical genres from different eras and cultures. Penny Ikinger is also a professional museum curator/collection manager, with experience working with art and material culture from indigenous communities around the globe. She currently holds a position with Museums Victoria.