Jenny Morris OAM
Non-executive Writer Director since 1995 and Chair of the Board

A writer member of APRA since 1983, Jenny has been a music writer, performer and recording artist since 1980 with three top 5 and four top 20 singles in Australia and similar success in New Zealand. Jenny has recorded nine albums gaining gold, platinum and multi-platinum status in the process and won back to back ARIA awards for best female vocalist.

Jenny is also a Director and passionate supporter of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia. Jenny presents their biennial ‘Art of Music’ gala event, which raises significant and much needed funds for the charity.

Robert Aird
Non-executive Publisher Director since 1989

Robert recently retired from his position as Managing Director of Universal Music Publishing Pty Limited, Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Ltd, Universal/MCA Publishing Pty Limited, Essex Music of Australia Pty Limited and Cromwell Music of Australia Pty Limited which he held for 16 years and remains on the Board as Universal’s elected representative.

He is also a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL) and a Director and past chairman of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS).

He previously held management positions at Polygram Records and was Managing Director of Rondor Music (Australia) Pty Ltd when it was an independent company.

Marianna Annas
Non-executive Director since 2016

An experienced music lawyer and formerly at Simpsons Solicitors, Marianna has held senior legal and business affairs roles at major record labels and music publishers including BMG Australia, BMG New York and EMI Music Australia. She is currently Head of ABC Music Publishing, Deputy Chair of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS), a Director of the Australian Music Publishers’ Association (AMPAL), and an industry peer of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Marianna has presented at many music industry forums including Music Australia, Fuse Festival, Big Sound, WAMi, AWME, MusicNSW, Bondi Wave and at the Australian Institute of Music.

She holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of New South Wales.

Malcolm Black
Non-executive Director since 2016

Since writing and performing with the Netherworld Dancing Toys in the 1980’s (Their song For Today won the silver scroll in 1984) Malcolm’s career has been focused on the business of music.

Malcolm initially worked as a music lawyer representing many well-known artists. He then moved to Sony Music NZ where as Director of A&R, he was fortunate to work with some great NZ artists including Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Stellar, Che Fu, Dimmer and Brooke Fraser.

Malcolm then moved to artist management co-managing Neil Finn and Crowded House.

Malcolm has since been part of the senior leadership team of global fitness company Les Mills International, establishing and running Les Mills Music which licenses and creates music for its parent company, and Les Mills Media which delivers its parents company’s programming directly to the consumer.

Amanda Brown
Non-executive Director since 2015

Amanda is a screen composer, songwriter and APRA writer member of 25 years. Amanda has composed music for film and television since 2000 and before that enjoyed a career as a multi-instrumentalist in several bands, most notably The Go-Betweens. She has worked with artists including R.E.M, Silverchair, The Vines, Youth Group, The Church, The Reels, David Bridie, Halfway, The Apartments and Wendy Matthews. Amanda has a passionate interest in the encouragement and promotion of women in music and the rights of screen composers.

Matthew Capper
Non-executive Publisher Director since 2007

Matthew is the Managing Director of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd. He is also a Director of Chappell & Co (Australia) Pty Ltd, Wallaby Music Pty Ltd, Warner/Chappell Pty Ltd, Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS) and is a Director and Chair of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).

Brendan Gallagher
Non-executive Director since November 2014

ARIA award winner Brendan Gallagher has long maintained a comprehensive career as an independent musician, producing over thirty albums in as many years, more than half as an artist. He is a music all-rounder – singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, performer, producer, composer and author.

Brendan is an Executive Councillor on the International Council of Music Creators, Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Music Creators Alliance, Chair of APRA Membership and Distribution Board Sub-Committee, and a member of APRA Awards & Music Grants Sub-Committee. Brendan graduated from UTS with a BA Communication in 1988.

Ian James
Non-executive Publisher Director since 1991 and Deputy Chair of the Board

Ian was Managing Director of Mushroom Music Pty Limited from 1986 to 2018 and now acts as Senior Consultant. He is also a Director of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS) and the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).

Ian has a Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Psychology) from the University of New South Wales and was employed by the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) from 1976 to 1986 in several management positions. He was appointed as the Adjunct Professor at the Victoria University College of Business in 2014, the Board of the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) in 2016 and the Board of the Independent Music Publishers Forum (IMPF) in 2018.

Chris Neal
Non-executive Writer Director since 2000

A Writer member of APRA since 1972, Chris is a songwriter and screen composer with feature film and TV drama credits spanning 40 years and including such titles as Turtle Beach, Bodyline, Farscape, Emerald City and The Shiralee.

Chris was a founding member and past president of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) and a representative for the interests of composer colleagues since 1987. Chris was a member of the film industry lobby group informing the Broadcasting Tribunal drafting of Standard TPS 14 which guaranteed the place of Australian music in local content regulation for commercial television.

Damian Trotter
Non-executive Publisher Director since 2000

Damian is the Managing Director of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and a Director and former Chairman of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS) and the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).

After joining CBS Records in 1981, he held various positions including Local Artist A&R/Marketing Manager and National Promotions Manager. After a brief stint at Warner Music in 1990 as General Manager of East West Records, he returned to Sony to head up the re-started publishing company in 1992 .

Following the merger of Sony/ATV Music Publishing with EMI Music Publishing in 2012, Damian was appointed Managing Director of both companies.

Philip Walker
Non-executive Director since 2012

Philip is Chairman of Origin Music Group and Chairman of the Sago Group. He has a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology. Philip is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Australian Institute of Management. He has previously served as a Director and Honorary Treasurer of the Craft Council of New South Wales. He was in practice as a Chartered Accountant, Auditor and Tax Agent from 1980 – 1998 and is also a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL) and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS). His not for profit work includes Chair of the Antony Kidman Foundation, a charity doing research and treatment in the area of youth mental health; Founder and chair of the Smoky Dawson Foundation and Vice Chair of the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts supporting young people in the arts.

Nigel Westlake
Non-executive Writer Director since 2008

Nigel’s career, spanning four decades, began as a clarinettist touring Australia and the world with many ensembles. He began composing from 1980, receiving offers to write for radio, theatre, circus, TV and film. His movie credits include Ali’s Wedding, Paper Planes, Miss Potter, Babe, Babe II, Children of the Revolution, The Nugget and the IMAX films Antarctica, Imagine, Solarmax and The Edge.

His television credits include documentaries, telemovies, news themes and station idents.  He writes extensively for the concert hall, receiving commissions to write for orchestras, ensembles and soloists. Nigel has received many awards including 2 ARIAs, 15 AGSC / APRA awards, across both classical and screen categories, the Paul Lown Orchestral Prize, The Limelight Award & the Gold Medal for Best Original Music at the New York International Radio Festival.

In 2004 he was awarded the HC Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship at the Australian National University & holds an honorary Doctorate in Music, awarded by the University of New South Wales in 2012.

He has conducted all the major symphony orchestras in Australia & made his US conducting debut in 2016 at the Lincoln Centre with the New York Philharmonic.


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