The Staff

Mark Smith

Executive Director

marksmith@musicnt.com.au

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.

Liz Archer

Central Australian Manager

liz@musicnt.com.au

Whilst pursuing a  career  in youth and community services, music has remained central to Liz’s life.  She studied classical piano at Elder Conservatorium in the late 70s and has performed piano and keys solo, as accompanist and in bands, at private and community events along with singing in community choirs.  Liz has produced and broadcast a diverse range of programs with 102.1 8CCC Community Radio and has co-ordinated local productions including Desert Voice, Big Sing, Desert and Desert Song Festival and worked on the concert and music development program in Walungurru (Kintore) Festival.

Liz brings a wealth of experience working with remote communities, event and staff management skills, community development and report writing expertise into her role, along with a commitment to working collaboratively, listening to stakeholders and supporting the continued growth of independent, original music in and from central Australia.

 

Milyika Scales

Executive Administration Officer

milyika@musicnt.com.au

Milyika has been curating and producing arts and entertainment experiences in Central Australia since 2008. From festivals to theatre, music to live arts, she has a passion for channelling the diverse talent of NT artists into events and programs that support the development of individuals and industry, and that provide participants and audiences alike with unique and meaningful cultural experiences. Mili managed MusicNT’s Central Australian programs from 2010 – 2016 where she created long term, nationally recognised and regionally significant programs, including our trailblazing Indigenous Women’s Music Programs. After taking Parental Leave in 2016, she has returned to MusicNT in an Executive Support role, providing strategic, operational and administrative assistance to the organisation. Milyika is also a performing artist, mentor and DJ, with a long history as part of Alice's Cats Meow Cabaret and Totem Theatre.

 

Shauna Upton

Marketing & Communucations Officer

shauna@musicnt.com.au

 

Phillip Eaton

Artist Development Officer

phillip@musicnt.com.au

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).

 

 

t.b.c

Indigenous Music Development Officer

imdo@musicnt.com.au

 

Fiona Carter

Finance Officer

accounts@musicnt.com.au

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

bushbands@musicnt.com.au

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.

 

Jeremy Conlon

Regional Areas Music Program Manager (RAMP)

bushbands@musicnt.com.au

Jeremy Conlon, freelance sound recordist – sound engineer, musician, and composer, has had over 25 years experience in many facets of the music industry. He was a member of Adelaide band The Violets, and has continued his electronic persona Cooperblack for the last 20 years. Jeremy has a degree in Classical Composition, and enjoys arranging and composing for contemporary songs. He performs with Bug Eyed (bass guitar) and Stellar Sea (synth bass and voice FX).

Jeremy has prodeuced and engineered ARIA award winning albums “Gurrumul” and “Rrakala” by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, “Muyngarnbi – Walking With Spirits” featuring Tom E Lewis and Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), Nabarlek – ‘Manmoyi Radio”, ‘Tjamuku Ngurra’ – Tjintu Desert Band , KND album ‘MUZIK IZ 4EVA”. Jeremy runs his own small business based in Central Australia called Left Of Elephant Sound

Pics