APRA Board elections 2020: Publisher Director Nominees

Thursday, 15 Oct 2020

APRA received 5 nominations for the 2 vacant Publisher Director positions on its Board.

All eligible publisher members are strongly encouraged to take the time to consider the nominees and cast a vote. It's vitally important publisher members have a say in who is representing them on the board and making decisions about music creators' rights and royalties.

Get involved and vote. 


  1. Matthew Capper (Warner Chappell Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd) (incumbent) 
  2. Jaime Gough (Native Tongue Music Publishing) (incumbent) 
  3. Heath Johns (BMG Rights Management Australia Pty Ltd)  
  4. Rachel Kelly (Downtown Music ANZ Pty Ltd) 
  5. Simon Moor (Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd) 


Warner Chappell Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd


Matthew is the Managing Director of Warner Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd – one of the world’s leading music publishing companies. They represent writers from Cole Porter and the Gershwins, through Led Zeppelin and Madonna, to Morgan Evans, Kendrick Lamar, and Lizzo. Locally, the company represents the rights of Little River Band, Australian Crawl, and Real Life, amongst others. 

Matthew commenced his career at Festival Music Publishing in 1999, and was appointed Administration Manager after only two years at the company. He joined Warner Chappell in 2003, and was made head of the company in 2004. He is a Director, and the Deputy Chair of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS), and is a Director and the Chair of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).


We are very fortunate to have such a well-governed and well-respected society in the form of APRA in Australasia, especially in a time of great crisis and struggle within our industry due to COVID-19.

The next few years will be incredibly difficult for our industry and experienced directors will be needed on the APRA Board to help guide the organisation and its response to the crisis and issues impacting the membership.

I have served on the APRA Board as a director for 13 years and have been on the Membership & Distribution Committee throughout that time. Last year I also joined the Audit & Governance Committee to have more involvement in the financial and operational aspects of the business.

In addition to my appointments at AMCOS, I have been a director of the AMPAL Board for 16 years, and Chairperson for almost 8 years.

I believe that I bring a unique perspective to all of my roles – I am the Managing Director of the Australasian operations of multinational publisher, Warner Chappell, but on a day-to-day basis remain heavily involved in all business functions, including copyright, royalties, licensing, legal, and finance. Such involvement necessitates regular contact with multiple departments within APRA AMCOS and provides me with great insight into the operations of the company.

Through my position as Chairperson of AMPAL, I act as a liaison between publishers and APRA AMCOS, and believe that this continued involvement - at all levels – will remain vital in ensuring our members are fully-supported.

If re-elected by the membership, I will continue to strive for balanced and fair representation in the interests of all rights holders, and provide a moderate, experienced, and reasoned voice at the Board.

Native Tongue Music Publishing)


Jaime is Managing Director of independent music publisher Native Tongue Music Publishing, overseeing offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. He is also a Director of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS) and the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).

Jaime has a double Bachelor of Business degree (Marketing & Management - Monash University), and worked in artist management at Mayday Management and music licensing at Mana Music before joining Native Tongue in 2005.

Jaime has served on the board for non-profit youth music organization The Push, and is a co-owner of independent record label, Best & Fairest.


Board Experience. Invaluable experience gained this year serving on the APRA board through uncertain times. Ongoing and active participant on both the AMPAL and AMCOS Boards. Prior experience on the board for The Push.

100% independent. It’s extremely important the independent sector is well represented at board level.

Locally owned and operated. Very important for locally owned businesses to be part of the lobbying work we do on behalf of our sector.

Commitment to songwriters. Committed to long term development of Australian & New Zealand songwriters.

Value copyright. Committed to ongoing protection of the value of Australian and New Zealand copyrights. 

New Zealand presence. The only globally focused publisher with an active New Zealand office, employing four staff and maintaining a true understanding of the territory. With both parents originally from New Zealand, I am very passionate about the livelihood of songwriters and music businesses in this territory.

Transparency & Accountability. There has not been a more important time for the board to ensure the organisation operates with the interests of songwriters and publishers at the forefront of every decision.

Global publishing knowledge. Sub-publishing partnerships in over 20 territories and 15 years of experience provides for extensive knowledge of the international publishing landscape.

Representing global songwriters. Local sub-publisher for some of the world’s finest and most prestigious independent catalogues & songwriters (including Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Courtney Barnett, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Mark Ronson, Daft Punk, Rodgers & Hammerstein, George Harrison and James Blake).

BMG Rights Management Australia Pty Ltd


Since launching BMG Australia in March 2016 as the company's inaugural Managing Director, Heath Johns has signed global publishing deals with Neil Finn/Crowded House, Alison Wonderland, Peking Duk, Golden Features, What So Not, JET, Wolfmother, Didirri, Kwame, Illy, Winston Surfshirt, SAFIA and more. Heath also heads up BMG Auatralia’s recorded operation and has signed record deals with Chet Faker, Dope Lemon, Dune Rats, Hockey Dad, Julia Stone, CHAII, Tim Minchin and more. Heath led the Australian BMG operation through the acquisition of iconic Australian music company Alberts as well as one of Asia Pacific’s leading PM operations Big Bang & Fuzz.

Heath holds MBA and Master of Marketing degrees from the University of Newcastle and was previously Director of A&R at UMPG for over 13 years where he signed Gang of Youths, Passenger, The Veronicas, Daniel Merriweather, Guy Sebastian, M-Phazes and Jessica Mauboy as well as signing JET, Wolfmother and Peking Duk and others to their first publishing deals before they also moved to BMG. He is also a current board member of AMPAL and AMCOS.


I believe I bring a unique mix of skills and experience to both the AMCOS and APRA Boards. Serving as a new Director on the AMPAL and AMCOS Boards has given me a sense of what is required to help continue improving the conditions of Australian and New Zealand songwriters and I’d dearly love the opportunity to further involve myself at APRA level.

As the Managing Director of BMG Australia - the fastest growing music company in Australia, I feel I bring a unique point of view to the table as I also head up a relevant, frontline record label with a stream of hit records from artists including Chet Faker, Dope Lemon, Julia Stone, Time Minchin, Dune Rats and Hockey Dad. I feel this gives me a sense of balance and objectivity as we seek to achieve a fair environment for both artists and songwriters and as a result of that, labels and publishers.

Downtown Music ANZ Pty Ltd


Rachel Kelly is Creative Director & Head of Sync at Downtown Music Publishing, an independent music publisher with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo & Sydney.

Rachel has 23 years’ experience at both major and independent publishers including Warner/Chappell, J. Albert & Son and BMG Rights Management. Since 2018, Rachel has been responsible for Downtown’s domestic signings and operations in Australia & New Zealand.

Rachel is an interim Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).


As Downtown enters its 14th year in business and 3rd year in Australia, our mission remains the same; to build a service-oriented business that empowers songwriters and values their creative work.

Downtown represents Australian songwriters, Stella Donnelly, John Butler Trio, The Teskey Brothers (world ex. ANZ), Taka Perry and Charlotte Gemmill (Eliott). Our entire domestic roster has written and performed their work in Australia and territories including US, UK, Europe & Japan.

With experience at Warner/Chappell, J Albert & Son, BMG and Downtown, I’ve spent equal time working across major and independent music publishers for the past 23 years. Specifically, I have frontline experience in synchronisation licensing, contract negotiation, A&R and creative services.

I’m passionate about the cultural value of music and ensuring that songwriters are fairly compensated and recognised for their work.  If given the opportunity, I will bring a balanced view and different perspective to complement long-standing members of the APRA board. Thank you for considering my nomination.

Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd


Simon Moor is the Managing Director of Kobalt Music Group APAC. As Managing Director, Simon is responsible for Kobalt’s music publishing, recorded music, and neighbouring rights operations in Asia Pacific. Simon established the Australian and New Zealand operations for Kobalt in 2010.  In 2020 Kobalt is now a leading music publisher in Australia and New Zealand with a globally successful local roster of songwriters and artists including Gotye, Flume, Dean Lewis, Tones And I and Tim Minchin. During this time Simon also launched KNRL, Kobalt’s neighbouring rights business and AWAL, the recorded music business in Australia and New Zealand. KNRL is now the lead neighbouring rights company and is home to performers including Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), Wally DeBacker (Gotye) and Toni Watson (Tones And I) among others; whilst AWAL continues to break artists globally from  Angie McMahon to Nick Cave, whose first Australian number 1 was via AWAL with Push The Sky Away.

In 2016 Simon established an office in Hong Kong, overseeing development of Kobalt Music Group in Asia. This included planning and implementing a new strategic vision for the music publishing business, putting in place new partnerships and digital licensing agreements in key emerging markets of China and India and across the Asian Region. Most recently Simon lead the deal making process and partnership with EKKO Music Rights, one of South Korea’s leading music and media companies.

Simon is currently a non-executive publishing director of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS) and the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).

Previous to Kobalt, Simon started his music career at Mushroom Music as an A&R scout after completing a Bachelor Degree in Economics. Following this Simon worked for Sony Music from 1994 to 2000, both as Product Manager and then A&R Manager. Simon then accepted the role as Head of A&R for EMI Records (2000 to 2004), before being appointed Head of A&R for Sony/ATV Music Publishing (2004 to 2010). Throughout Simon's career he has signed and worked with artists and songwriters including Flume (Future Classic), Dean Lewis (Specific Music), Gotye, Tash Sultana, Powderfinger, Bernard Fanning, Tones And I, The Hilltop Hoods, Tim Minchin, Angus And Julia Stone, Luke Steele (The Sleepy Jackson/Empire Of The Sun), Silverchair (Eleven), and Jet among others.

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