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Scott Fitzsimons

Editor of entertainment and lifestyle website theMusic.com.au, daily newsletter Your Daily SPA and the AMID Power 50 - an annual ranking of the industry's most powerful players - Scott started as an intern at Sydney street press The Drum Media. He now oversees the company's digital platforms, is the national industry reporter and has been on panels and covered industry conferences around the country including BIGSOUND, Face The Music, WAM Conference and Vivid Ideas. Spends his time watching sport and convincing people that country music is a good thing.

MATT TANNER

Creative and A&R Manager Native Tongue Music Publishing. Starting his career as a Tour Manager while living in Japan in the early-90’s, Matt Tanner worked through Asia, America and Europe as a tour manager before returning to Australia. Matt started Milefire Management, an Artist and Tour Management company that has managed the successful careers of 28 Days, Whitley, Muph & Plutonic and Oh Mercy. During this time he started Casadeldisco Records releasing seminal albums by Sommerset, The Nation Blue and Harmony. In 2010, Matt  joined Native Tongue Music Publishing as Creative and A&R Manager. In the past 4 years, he has overseen signings of artists such as Cut Copy, Clairy Browne and the Banging Rackets, Gossling, Wagons, Strange Talk amongst other great artists.

Anna Laverty

Anna Laverty is one of Australia’s most respected young producers as well as an accomplished studio and mixing engineer. After graduating from WAAPA with a distinction in Sound, Anna relocated to London working under the guidance of music impresarios Ben Hillier and Paul Epworth whose production credits include Adele & U2. Since returning to Australia Anna has steadfastly carved out a name for herself as a consummate production all rounder, working with acts such as New Gods, Nick Cave, Jae Laffer, Something for Kate, Paul Dempsey and Cut Copy to name a few.

Graham Ashton

Asho has spent the last two decades as part of the Australian music community. He has worked with major and independent labels in Brisbane and Sydney in A&R, marketing, promotions, international licensing and sales. In 2009 he set up Footstomp Music, a music services company specialising in artist, project, event management and artist mentoring. Footstomp recently signed a label deal with Warner Asho has spent the last two decades as part of the Australian music community. He has worked with major and independent labels in Brisbane and Sydney in A&R, marketing, promotions, international licensing and sales. In 2009 he set up Footstomp Music, a music services company specialising in artist, project, event management and artist mentoring. Footstomp recently signed a label deal with Warner Music Australia and NZ. Footstomp are working with the likes of King Cannons, Busby Marou, The Medics, Inland Sea and more. Asho is also the Executive programmer for BIGSOUND.

JESS RIBEIRO

Jess Ribeiro is an indie songwriter who successfully balances art and business. Over the past seven years her self managed approach has taken her on tours around the country, as well as festivals and national supports for artists including Steve Earle and Mia Dyson. Her first EP, Pilgrimage was a feature album on Triple JJJ and her debut album My Little River, was awarded ABC Radio National album of the year, best country album at the AIR awards in 2012 and was shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize. Her second album, produced by famed musician Mick Harvey is set for release later in the year.

John Wardle

John Wardle is a working musician and teacher with a background in live music policy across the three tiers of government. John has played a strategic role in liquor law reforms across a number of states, as well as in the changes to NSW Place of Public Entertainment (PoPE) laws and the associated NSW Building Code of Australia variation. In 2013 John was appointed Chair of the City of Sydney’s Live Music Taskforce. John was a  guitar teacher and program co-ordinator at the Sydney Conservatorium  of Music from 2000-2006 as well as teaching at the Australian Institute of Music and the Guitar Factory at Gladesville in recent years, and tours regularly as a sideman on guitar at both a national and international level.

Mick Harvey

Mick Harvey is renowned as a Musician, Record Producer and Composer who has been active for the last 35 years and is perhaps best known as a member of The Birthday Party and The Bad Seeds and for his long term collaborative work with PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. Aside from scoring 10 feature films and numerous short films and documentaries, split almost evenly between Australia and Europe, Harvey has also released 6 solo albums in the last 2 decades and been the recipient of several Australian Music Industry Awards. He won the AFI Best Original Score for 'Suburban Mayhem' in 2006 and in 2011 took out British Producer of the Year for his (co)production on PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake'. His most recent release was last year’s album “FOUR (Acts of Love)”

Phillip Eaton

Phillip Eaton has a Diploma in Contemporary Music, Charles Darwin University and been involved in the NT Music Industry over the last 15 years with skills as a musician – bass player and percussionist for WildWater, Drum Drum, Cinco Locos and countless multi-cultural music and performance collaborations. He has extensive experience in music and touring music acts in and out of the Northern Territory. Phillip delivered VET Certificate II in Music at Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre for NTMS and CDU and has trained youth in new media skills and mentoring in audio engineering and production and live performance. Phillip is a Project Officer at Music NT and is the NT Writer Services Representative for APRA.

Mark Smith

Mark started out as a drummer in Darwin bands Drum Drum and Culture Connect.  Soon he was also managing both groups with Drum Drum touring over 13 countries and Culture Connect being featured across triplej and Channel V.  More recently Mark took on management of the group Sietta who achieved significant national impact with their first album securing partnerships with Elefant Traks, Universal Publishing and New World Artists/Artist Voice.   Mark is now the Executive Director of MusicNT, the peak body for contemporary music in the Northern Territory and tries as hard as he can to play more drums.

Sandra Thibodeaux

Sandra Thibodeaux, Operations Manager at MusicNT, is most usually a playwright and poet but has also dabbled as a singer/songwriter, most notably with Ben Her (sic). Sandra has been a popular guest at festivals across Australia and Asia, interviewing recalcitrant artists, losing comedy debates and eating the free fishcakes.

Amy Hetherington

Amy Hetherington is the Marketing and Communications Officer for MusicNT – you’ve probably been spammed by her posts on Facebook, Twitter and email! She’s a social media and storytelling fiend and also works as a freelance filmmaker, photographer and media consultant under Amiable Communications. Amy runs media workshops for young people called Media Makers and is a wannabe stand-up comedian. Amy believes in sharing stories and is passionate about the NT music scene. Have a chat to her about what you’re up to; she’s always happy to listen!

Mary-Jane Reynolds

Mary-Jane Reynolds is the Festivals and Events Manager for Red Hot Arts Central Australia. The major event she produces in this role is the Alice Desert Festival; the Arts Festival of Alice Springs. Mary-Jane has been working in Alice Springs for a year and prior to this was running projects and events in the Yarra Valley Region of Victoria. There she managed events including Warburton Harmony Festival, Healesville Autumnfest, Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition, Independent Arts projects and performances. She has also worked as Cultural Development Officer for local government, and in venue programming and marketing. She trained in Theatre at Rusden, Deakin University and is currently studying Masters of Arts and Entertainment Management.  Mary-Jane loves living in Central Australia because of the vibrant and active arts community, the amazing landscapes and the opportunities to grow and develop.

Vanessa Hutchins

Vanessa Hutchins has been a tour / production manager for over 20 years. Her experiences include touring theatre, dance and music. A talent at managing airport transfers, luggage and lost passports Vanessa has travelled nationally and Internationally, including tours to America, Europe, Japan, China and the Solomon Islands. As Music Touring Manager for Artback NT, she has dedicated herself to exposing NT contemporary music to audiences Australia wide, from the Desert to Arnhem Land, Broome to Perth, advocating for musicians, supporting venues and remote community audiences.

Tim Cole

Tim Cole is a sound engineer for the CAAMA Music record label in Alice Springs, who has had years of experience recording indigenous Australian artists such as Archie Roach, Frank Yamma, Iwantja Band, Warren H. Williams, Shelley Morris and the Song People’s Sessions. He often collaborates on many aspects of a music project, such as the photography for album artwork, filming for music videos, both mixing live concerts and creating audio-visual accompaniments to them. Currently he is working on the eighth album for North Tanami Band, Blekbala Mujik’s new album and the debut album for Stewart Gaykamangu, who recently won NT Pop Song of the Year for his song “Lorrpu”.

Elephant Island

Elephant Island is the collaborative partnership between Alexandra Hullah and Joshua Davis. They make things, love new ideas and want to collaborate with you on that project you haven't been able to talk about yet. They'll wait patiently until you're ready to talk, because they love new people, new frontiers and most importantly they know you're worth it. At Elephant Island the idea is King. In addition to that, in September this year the Elephant Island dream team will be holding the month long arts festival,  'FREE BBQ CASH GIVEAWAY'. They want you to come and they want you to get involved. Find them as fast as you can and tell them your ideas, they cant wait to meet you and get down to work.

Pirate

Pirate is the vocalist for local heavy metal acts Uncreation and Exdemission. In 2011 he founded The Black Wreath label and studio, with the goal of getting the central Australian metal scene recognized nationally. As an event organizer he has put on shows for a plethora of touring bands and last year launched Blacken The Globe, an annual metal festival that brings in bands from all over the country. With a DIY ethos and learn as you go approach, he has released albums and video clips and has toured interstate and internationally.

Edi Donald

Edi Donald is an NT based singer/songwriter, facilitator and community development worker working in women’s music in the Central Desert.  Edi released their debut EP “The Endless Shores of the Inland Sea” last year and is currently working on developing work for a local showing and tour of the east coast with 6 other local musicians as Edi Donald and the Transients.  Edi brings to their work many influences from a hint of operatic training, to roots and world influences, and alternative and electro acoustic sounds. Edi has performed both locally at festivals and venues in Alice Springs and in in NSW and VIC.