2018 Bush Bands Business Mentors

MusicNT would like to thank the following mentors for travelling to Alice Springs for the duration of Bush Bands Business to impart their invaluable knowledge of the music industry onto our participating bands alongside our local mentors; Raymond Dixon from Rayella, Shellie Morris, Chelsea Bell, Warren H. Williams and Robert Champion.

Proudly supported by APRA/AMCOS

Mardi Caught

Mardi spent seven years in several management positions with Warner Music Australia, including a stint at the General Manager for Warner Music’s Frontline Marketing. Mardi has also worked internationally in marketing roles with EMI, MTV UK and Columbia Music Sony UK, giving her the reputation as a skilled marketer and digital strategist both within Australia and internationally.

She has worked on campaigns for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Dune Rats, Twenty One Pilots, Illy and Kita Alexander. 2018 marks the beginning of a new venture for Mardi, with the recent launch of The Annex, a marketing services division working with talent, management and labels to deliver tailored marketing strategies. The Annex currently boasts a client list including; JOY, Didirri, Passenger, EtcEtcEtc, Ultra, Sheppard and many more.

Al Parkinson

Al Parkinson is the Office and Membership Coordinator at Music Victoria, a role which requires her to look after their extensive membership base while assisting with event preparation, coordinating interns and representing Music Victoria at various working groups around Melbourne.  She is also proudly the Secretary of Music Victoria’s Women’s Advisory Panel.

Aside from her work with Music Victoria, Al herself is a musician and performs regularly around Melbourne. She has also been involved in curating music events such as Sofar Sounds, has tour managed Vic roots band The Push and has worked in community radio. Al also works part time for Applejack Music as an Assistant Manager and is a gig photographer on the side.

Chris O’Neill

Chris has been involved with the Australian music scene for more then a decade with his work both on and off the stage building his profile as an industry leader. He graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Music and making his mark as an acclaimed drummer, has written and performed with artists from almost every genre of music. He has graced many a stage throughout Australia, including at major festivals such as Prima Vera, Splendor in the Grass and Big Day Out.

Chris currently is the Senior Manager- National Engagement at APRA AMCOS, which requires him to engage with industry organisations around the country on a regular basis. As part of his role, Chris is also responsible for rolling out the APRA AMCOS events program and managing the APRA AMCOS grants program.

Michael Hutchings

Michael Hutchings is the APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Representative. His role is to support, represent and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander member, which number close to 1500 nationally. Michael has a wealth of industry experience behind him with his previous role of label and studio manager at Gadigal Music, Indigenous Music Manager for Music NSW as well as his work in event/concert production for a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events within NSW.

Proudly supported by AAM

Emily Murphy

A music manager and event producer, Emily has years of experience within the music industry and is currently the music and business manager for Kahl Wallis, Shellie Morris, Dhapanbal Yunupiŋu and Troy Brady as well as the booking agent for David Spry and Sue Ray. She is currently a member of QMusic and AAM and is engaged by APRA on its Starting Program to deliver music business capacity building workshops.

Emily holds a four-year producer contract with Brisbane City Council to deliver the weekly “Gathering”, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art and culture showcase in the Queen Street Mall. This year the program delivered Black History Month, a series of 20 events across Brisbane during July working with the University of Southern Queensland to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in culture and education.

Proudly supported by The Seed

Dixie Battersby

Dixie is an experience publicity manager with an extensive portfolio of music industry work including; Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, Fatboy Slim, Kiss, Robbie Williams, Bob Dylan, Midnight Oil and many more. For a number of years Dixie was EMI’s WA-based publicist before starting her own consultancy, DB Publicity. DB Publicity works with local, national and international artists and music event companies, to manage their relationships with the media and other publications. Previous clients include Live Naton, Frontier Touring, Chugg Entertainment and Mellen Events.

Brian Ritchie

Brian’s musical career began as a busker on the streets of Milwaukee with what would soon become the legendary alternative rock band Violent Femmes. As the bass guitarist for the Femmes, Brian travelled to over 40 countries on tour, sold more than 5 million records worldwide and headlined the first Big Day Out music festival. With the Femmes he performed alongside artists such as Bob Dylan, Nirvana, INXS and Lou Reed plus many, many more.

In 2009 Brian curated the first Mona Foma festival in Tasmania and has continued to do so ever since pulling in acts such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Swans, PJ Harvey, Philip Glass, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Peaches, Gotye and Mike Patton. MoFo Festival has won numerous awards as a contemporary Australian music festival.

Drew Goddard

Andrew ‘Drew’ Goddard attended a conservatorium to study jazz guitar and drums before becoming the lead guitarist of Perth-based rock band Karnivool. Performing with Karnivool, Drew toured internationally and took home a number of awards for their work, most notably the 2013 ARIA for Best Hard Rock Album for Asymmetry. Drew also has experience as a project coordinator, through his regional and rural work with West Australian Music also known as WAM.

Andrew Khedoori

Managing CBAA’s Amrap initiative, Andrew oversees distribution of new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide. As Music Director for Sydney’s 2SER, Andrew has built a diverse and dynamic program schedule with longstanding success. He has interviewed countless local bands and stars like David Byrne, Neneh Cherry and Henry Rollins, as well as developing broadcasters to present music programs and interviews. He has produced hosted events for Sydney Writers’ Festival and appeared at Vivid Ideas. Andrew also curates independent label Preservation and the online deep listening series, Longform Editions.