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Millie Millgate is appointed first Music Australia director

Media Published Thursday 19 October 2023
Millie Millgate and APRA AMCOS CEO Dean Ormston photo by Maria Boyadgis

APRA AMCOS celebrates the appointment of Millie Millgate as the inaugural director of the national music development agency, Music Australia.

Music Australia has been established by the Australian Government as part of Creative Australia, the renewed Australia Council for the Arts, to support and promote Australian contemporary music and develop the industry’s markets and audiences.

“I’ve worked with Millie Millgate for nearly 15 years and watched her develop and evolve the music export program Sounds Australia from an idea and a blank piece of paper to an internationally recognised and admired music export office,” said Dean Ormston, Chief Executive APRA AMCOS.

“I’m so excited for Millie, and for the industry, that she’ll be heading up Music Australia. Millie has big ideas, a big heart, the respect of the industry, and the drive and determination to make big things happen. Millie’s appointment as the inaugural head of the agency is a testament to her dedication and vision over many years.”

The appointment of Millie Millgate as Director follows the passage of the Creative Australia Bill to establish Music Australia in June and the announcement of the Music Australia advisory council by Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke MP in August.

“We applaud Creative Australia CEO and Music Australia Chair Adrian Collette for the deep level of engagement with all corners of the Australian music industry in establishing Music Australia. Now they have found the right candidate to help lead Music Australia through its important first chapter,” said Ormston.

“The establishment of Music Australia is a huge moment for Australia’s music industry. It not only represents for the first time in the nation’s history that we have had a long-term commitment from government to the industry, but it also represents a significant leap forward for Australia’s music industry to opens doors to new opportunities and greater international recognition.

“With Millie at the helm, and with the support of the esteemed advisory council, the future of Australian music looks very bright. Let’s go!”