The Music Victoria Board announced today that Simone Schinkel has been appointed as the organisation’s next CEO.

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.

An unabashed music lover and supporter, Simone has been moved to tears by Kutcha Edwards singing an alternative national anthem, tried her hand at 6 different musical instruments, volunteered at community radio (4ZZZ), and even admits to dancing unashamedly to the Teeny Tiny Stevies.

Simone said –
“When I got this gig, I celebrated by grabbing a drink at the Lomond Hotel and checking in on their live music situation. I can’t wait to be more than just a punter. I’m looking forward to building on the impressive work of Paddy and Dale, and to driving the lasting change that is needed to see Victorian music flourish again.”

Sally Howland – Chair, Music Victoria said –
“In Simone we have found the person to lead our organisation and sector through its next critical stage. COVID 19 has decimated our industry and Simone is absolutely the right person to drive our sector back to growth. Her astute thinking and demonstrated abilities at capacity building gives the Music Victoria Board every confidence that she will be an ardent advocate on behalf of our membership, our stakeholders and our wider music community. We’re thrilled to have her at the helm.”

Simone will begin with Music Victoria on International Women’s Day – 8th March 2020.

The Board extends its deepest gratitude to Dale Packard for his exemplary role in steering the organisation in recent months. Dale will assume his position as General Manager from March 8th.