Jana Gibson to head APRA AMCOS Membership

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Jana Gibson will become Head of Member Services on 1 June 2018

The country’s largest music organisation APRA AMCOS today announced that Jana Gibson will lead the membership team that works alongside and advocates for 95,000 members. Following a rigorous selection procedure Jana will become Head of Member Services on 1 June 2018, a position vacated by Dean Ormston who moves up to the CEO role on 1 July 2018.

In her new role, Jana will lead the Writer Services, Member Relations, Publisher Relations and Repertoire, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, Live Music Office teams and will oversee other member initiatives such as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office, SongHubs, SongMakers, Awards and outreach programs.

Dean Ormston said, “Jana brings strong operational and relationship management expertise to the role and a demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and consultatively across the business and our membership. She is widely respected as a senior manager in the business and we look forward to having her on the leadership team”.

It has been three years since a female has held a role at this leadership level. Jana follows Sally Howland who remains an Advisor to APRA AMCOS and an important catalyst in Jana’s career, recruiting the newest senior leader to her first role at APRA AMCOS 15 years ago: “This role is about managing competing demands and exercising sound judgement and Jana will deliver strongly against that with her quiet confidence and her highly organised and solutions-driven mode of operation”.

APRA AMCOS prides itself on actively connecting with writer, composer and publisher members and industry and Jana plans to continue building on established programs and networks. The top two priorities for the new role will be continuing to provide exemplary customer service and efficient and accurate payment to writer and publisher members.

These goals will be supported by targets for membership growth through increased engagement with educational institutions; improving diversity - addressing gaps in gender, ethnicity and geography; creating career pathways locally and internationally through program development and working to support the longevity of members’ careers.

Jana said, “We need to be present in the lives of music creators throughout their careers and through business cycles. We are a vital part of the industry ecosystem as we provide services, opportunities and advocacy to support their livelihoods. In a time of diversifying income, increased access to data and market disruption, we are continually partnering with our publisher, composer and songwriter members and the wider industry on opportunities to ensure their works are heard”.

Jana has formerly worked in events with Peter Rix Management and (what is now) the International Convention and Exhibition Centre Sydney. Born in Queensland, Jana gained a Bachelor of Business Tourism (1992) from Lismore’s Southern Cross University and moved to Sydney to work in hotel management where her love of the live music scene began.

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