The Staff

Mark Smith

Executive Director

Mark started out as a drummer in Darwin bands Drum Drum and Culture Connect. He later became manager of both groups, taking Drum Drum on a tour to over 13 countries, whilst Culture Connect received national attention through triple j and Channel V. Mark later took on management of Darwin duo Sietta – the group achieving significant national impact with their first album, securing partnerships with Elefant Traks, Universal Publishing and New World Artists/Artist Voice.

Mark has been the Executive Director of MusicNT for the past ten years and, in that time, has grown the organisation’s internal capacity by initiating and supporting programs to deliver clear and sustainable outcomes for the NT music industry. Mark has high-level project management and governance experience, and holds a Bachelor of Business.


Milyika Scales

Central Australian Manager

Bio coming soon!


Phillip Eaton

Artist Development Officer

Phillip has a Diploma in Contemporary Music from Charles Darwin University (CDU) and has been an active member in the NT music industry for more than 15 years. He is a skilled musician, previously bass player and percussionist for WildWater, Drum Drum, Cinco Locos, and has been involved in countless multi-cultural music and performance collaborations. He has extensive experience in music touring, having brought a number music acts to and from the Territory.

Phillip delivered the VET Certificate II in Music at Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre for the Northern Territory Music School and CDU, and is passionate about mentoring young people in the areas of new media skills, audio engineering, production and live performance. In addition to his work at MusicNT, Phillip is the NT Writer Services Representative for the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).


Donna Velia Woods

Indigenous Music Development Officer

Donna is a graduate of the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music, and is a talented songwriter and vocalist. She is a descendant of the Dharawala and Dangidau peoples of Central Western Queensland. She joined the MusicNT in 2016 as Indigenous Music Development Officer, bringing along her strong administrative skills whilst receiving on the job training in project management. Donna also facilitates workshops within MusicNT’s Sista Sounds program.


Fiona Carter

Finance Officer

Fiona obtained a Bachelor of Music degree (trumpet) from the Canberra School of Music, in addition to a Masters in Management and Cultural Policy from the University of Warwick (UK). She was Marketing Manager of Norfolk & Norwich Festival before moving to Darwin in 2000.

Fiona has managed several arts organisations since arriving in the NT, and is currently Company Manager of Corrugated Iron Youth Arts and Finance Officer at MusicNT. She is passionate about Asia and completed an Asialink Management Residency in Indonesia in 2003. She now produces independent arts projects, linking Asian and NT artists.


Laurie May

Bush Bands Program Manager

Laurie May is a Central Australian performance poet and educator originally from the Gulf of Carpentaria. After a few years working in Uganda and Darwin as a journalist, Laurie felt the desert calling and packed everything into the car and headed to the centre. Alice Springs has been her home for five years, working as Events Manager and Artistic Director for The Dirty Word and Red Dirt Poetry Festival, President of the Totem Theatre, as well as program coordinator of many community programs, including MusicNT’s Desert Divas Vol 2.

Laurie currently works as Bush Bands Program Manager, MusicNT's annual program to support Indigenous musicians.