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2021 AMCOS election candidates

Bernard Depasquale (Australian Music Examinations Board Ltd)

BIOGRAPHY

Bernard is an educator, an award-winning performing and recorded musician, a lawyer and a passionate speaker on the importance of music. As a music education specialist he can provide a unique perspective on music education and the music industry.

Bernard has been the CEO of AMEB for 12 years and with the help of a Board with vision, has moved an iconic organisation with a prestigious history into the 21st century and the digital age. AMEB is the foundation for much of the activity that happens in the music industry, particularly in music education.

AMEB is the largest publisher of print music and the largest licensee of rights for print music in Australia. In concert with the Board strategy he is responsible for expanding AMEB operations into South East Asia including a very successful introduction of AMEB to Vietnam in 2019.

ELECTION STATEMENT

As a member of the AMCOS Board I would take my responsibilities seriously and would ensure that licensing and other matters were dealt with fairly and with consideration of all relevant parties.

However the strongest attribute I would bring to AMCOS is my specialist knowledge of the education system. Almost all commercial music activity begins with the education system. Professional and amateur musicians - and just music listeners - all start with some level of music education in our school and tertiary system.

However, the public-school system has never had less money spent on music education than today. It’s easy to ignore because the effect will be very gradual, but to protect the future of music in Australia, we need to begin with considering how many children have the opportunity to learn music as part of their education.

I believe that organisations like AMCOS can be key to creating understanding at a government level of the critical nature of music education and to encourage governments at a state and federal level to provide more support to grass roots music education.

Contact Bernard at [email protected]

Noel Burgess

BIOGRAPHY

Noel is a pioneer of Australian electronic music, screen media composer and producer with 30 years industry experience. He has been a member of APRA since 1991 and a writer publisher member with AMCOS since 2010, previously with Sony ATV.

As a composer/performer his acts Vision Four 5 and AapogeE broke new ground in the Australian electronic music scene. His artist production work including Chili Hifly and Groove Terminator was ARIA nominated. Since 2000, Noel has worked for label clients Ministry of Sound, Sony, EMI & Warner and also as screen media composer for advertising, museums, TV and film. In 2007 he also commenced working in the tertiary sector at Western Sydney University and is currently completing a PhD in Screen Media Composition with Macquarie University.

Noel has recently served a term on the National Trust board and had a key role in establishing the organisational strategic plan including the development of the “Digital Trust”. Noel has always had a focus on the nexus of media technology and the arts and continues to develop new ways to explore musical collaborations and opportunities in the rapidly developing digital landscape, including VR installations and implementation.

ELECTION STATEMENT

I am seeking election to the AMCOS board as a writer member in an era where artists are retaining more control over their works and exploitation channels. In the highly automated world of digital rights management I feel it is important that strategic decisions regarding critical industry frameworks consider both larger publishers and individuals operating in the industry.

I have always had a strong interest in the role of technology in arts practice and believe this is a significant area of growth and change regarding how we manage business as artists and writers. It is important that a range of voices, especially those with literacy and insight into the developing music-related art forms as music writers, are represented in future high level industry decisions.

Contact Noel at [email protected]

Matt Donlevy (Cooking Vinyl Publishing Australia Pty Ltd)

BIOGRAPHY

My time in publishing started with working at Castle Music in the sheet music department. I moved to Creative manager of ATV Northern Songs for a few years then got the job as Managing Director of peermusic. I became Regional Director for South East Asia for peermusic and set up a number of offices in the region. I was there for over 25 years when I moved on to start Cooking Vinyl Publishing Australia, the publishing arm of Cooking Vinyl Australia.

ELECTION STATEMENT

The AMCOS board is the coalface of the music publishing business and I want to be part of it again having been on the board for over 22 years, over 6 as Vice Charmian to Ian James.

I work fulltime as a publisher signing writers, working with sub published international companies and running the company and AMCOS should have directors doing the business every day.

Having been I on the AMCOS board for 22 years I know what it takes and have the experience to represent music publishers.

I work fulltime for a music publishing company dealing with the issues faced by a publisher everyday so I know what’s going on with the business.

S.E Asian regional experience is an important addition for me for an international perspective.

Being in a different part of the business from the “majors” I have a different perspective for how APRA AMCOS performs and can make a contribution for the smaller publisher’s views.

Contact Matt at [email protected]

Brendan Gallagher

BIOGRAPHY

With over 40 years’ experience in the music industry, I’ve toured the world as a performer. I’ve produced over 40 albums, more than half as an artist, including two ARIA winners. I am the author of The Open Tuning Chord Book for Guitar, first published in 1994. I’ve composed for film, ads and TV, and played on recordings for David Bowie, Jimmy Little and Kylie Minogue, and others.

I’ve worked extensively with indigenous artists, producing recordings for Jimmy Little, Kutcha Edwards, Emma Donovan et al, and as MD for Buried Country, Clinton Walker’s theatre production of the untold story of Aboriginal country music.

I’ve worked in music education, teaching PT at TAFE, UTS, AIM, and Bondi WAVE, and lecturing on production at SAE and JMC. I have a BA Communication UTS 1988.

I was an APRA director 2014-2020, vice chair of Asia Pacific Music Creators Alliance (APMA) 2016-2021, and was elected to the board of International Council of Music Creators (CIAM) in 2017.

In the last five years I’ve recorded and released five albums and played shows all over. I’m a guitar player that still loves to play, and that informs everything I do – it’s about the music.

ELECTION STATEMENT

Since it was established in 1979 the board has had only two writer members, both in the 1980s. AMCOS is one of only two boards in the world managing mechanical rights that have no writer representation.

In an industry that is YOY more DIY there is a large cohort of self-published writers with no representation at board level.

A member since 1991, I’m a self-published writer with extensive connections in the music industry as a producer, writer and educator. De facto I’m a publisher.

After six years on the APRA board I know the business, and both boards know me as a constructive and diligent director.

As a CIAM board member and editor of newsletter With One Voice I’ve nurtured extensive contacts in the international music community.

I would be an asset in the joint board room and as a public advocate, attending media & parliamentary events to articulate APRA AMCOS’ world view.

2021 is a historical opportunity to create diversity with six vacancies on the board. The membership invested in me over many years to be an effective and informed player on their behalf in our industry. I would like to continue that work.

Contact Brendan at [email protected]

Peter Hebbes AM (Hebbes Music Group Pty Ltd) [INCUMBENT]

BIOGRAPHY

Peter is owner and Managing Director of Hebbes Music Group Pty. Ltd. an independent music publishing and business consulting company, and he is also a Director of CAS Music Australia. He has served on the AMCOS board since 2002 and is also on the AMPAL board.

In addition to previous tenures as Director and Deputy Chair for APRA, Peter has served on boards of the Music Industry Advisory Council (MIAC), the Australian Music Centre (AMC), the Australasian Music Performance Committee (AMPCOM), the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA), Variety (NSW) “the children’s charity” and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. He is a co-founder and Trustee of The Golden Stave Foundation.

In 2006, Peter was recognised for his contribution to the Australasian music industry and for his extensive charitable work when he was appointed a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM).

ELECTION STATEMENT

In today’s market the strength of the industry associations and societies is of the utmost importance. With the growth of the digital format, new avenues of income it is essential that the rights holders (writers, composers and publishers) are protected and compensated for the use of their rights.

AMCOS has been at the forefront of these issues and will continue to do so and it is the responsibility of its directors to maintain this momentum. As an independent music publisher with over 20 years’ experience representing a cross section of international and domestic writers and publishers, I feel well qualified to contribute to the continuing debate and action required for the Australasian industry. Communication and awareness are important factors for all the members of the association and it’s the responsibility of the Board members to provide this. It’s a challenge, but our home market must be protected but allow development in a constructive way. As a continuing director this will be my aim.

Contact Peter at [email protected]

Linda Bosidis (Mushroom Music Pty Ltd)

BIOGRAPHY

Linda is the Managing Director of Mushroom Music Publishing, appointed in 2019, having previously been Head of the A&R and Creative team since 1996. Linda began her career at APRA in 1990, where she created the first Melbourne Writer Services Department.

A dedicated, collaborative, and empathetic leader, Linda is passionate about music and helping to develop and support the careers of Australian, New Zealand and international songwriters. She generates real opportunities for artists to tell their own stories, she listens to the individual needs of the writers and advises how to successfully blend their business with their craft. To date she has signed more than 200 career songwriters and in her role represents a diverse range of artists and catalogues both new and iconic.

Linda supports the Yiriman Project in WA which assists 'at risk' Indigenous youth. In honour of her late husband Dean Turner (Magic Dirt), Linda and her daughters partnered with Laneway Festival to raise over $250,000 to date.

ELECTION STATEMENT

Mushroom Music is a family-owned independent publisher and has been in operation since 1972. We work with some of the most reputable and celebrated ANZ and international songwriters and catalogues. We are true champions of emerging artists and nurturing talent. We help build rewarding, sustainable careers. Our approach is tailored, fresh and innovative. We understand the importance of protecting and representing copyrights. We pride ourselves on accuracy, transparency and attention to detail. We work with an extensive like-minded sub-publisher network globally. We value creativity, equality, community, diversity, accountability, inclusion, collaboration, exploration, originality. I’ve been instrumental in creating these values and cultivating this environment over my 25 years at Mushroom Music. I’d bring a contrasting viewpoint due to my experience and knowledge in the independent market, a balance in the best interests of the writer, publisher members and APRA, which is an imperative and complimentary perspective to the current representation on the Board.

Contact Linda at [email protected]

Jaime Gough (Native Tongue Music Publishing) [INCUMBENT]

BIOGRAPHY

Jaime is Managing Director of independent music publisher Native Tongue Music Publishing and oversees offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. He has served as a board director since 2015 and is a Director on both the APRA and AMPAL boards.

Jaime joined Native Tongue in 2005 after working in artist management at Mayday Management and in music licensing at Mana Music. He holds a double Bachelor of Business degree from Monash University.

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

ELECTION STATEMENT

Board Experience. Ongoing and active participant on the APRA and AMPAL Boards.

100% independent. It’s extremely important the independent sector is well represented at board level and for publishers of local repertoire 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 and the protection of the value of their 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.

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.

Contact Jaime at [email protected]

Jan Hellriegel (Songbroker Limited)

BIOGRAPHY

Not only is Jan a music publisher, she is also a working musician who can read music notation, and is a published author. Jan has been a writer member of APRA for 35 years, and a publisher member for 10. She has a high profile in New Zealand and is well regarded throughout the industry.

Jan founded and runs Songbroker Music Publishing, a social enterprise focusing proactively on creating more opportunities and incomes for indie artists. She is a recognised expert in music copyright and is a loud and persistent voice lobbying government and ministries in NZ for stronger and more effective copyright laws and for artists rights.

Jan is a former director of IMNZ and sat on the RMNZ board during the development of One Music. Alongside Songbroker Music Publishing, Jan founded licensing specialist Aeroplane Music Services and continues to run her creative/strategic company, Seahorse Swim Ltd. Jan has a BA from Otago University. She continues to write and record music and is working on her 5th studio album and a new programme for musicians called “Melody - Knowledge is Creative Freedom”.

ELECTION STATEMENT

I have a valuable skill-set to bring to the service of the AMCOS board and am uniquely qualified in terms of my experience in both the creative and business side of the music industry.

During my career, I have worked in the areas of marketing, advertising, media, sales, accounting and communications. I have an in-depth knowledge of music copyright and licensing and considered an expert in the field. For 35 years I have a been a writer member of APRA and am totally engaged across the music spectrum.

As MD of Songbroker Music Publishing, I represent 100’s of independent Australasian writers and composers and we are growing rapidly. They trust us.

APRAAMCOS is facing genuine threats from digital providers who could do the same service and perhaps, for fewer admin fees. One way to remedy this is to remember our history and reason for being. Members want to know their society has their back and that they are treated equitably. To stave off market share erosion we need our board to look at the future with a fresh lens. NZ also needs more of a presence on this board I would like the opportunity to contribute. Thank you.

Contact Jan at [email protected]

Matthew Capper (Warner Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd) [INCUMBENT]

BIOGRAPHY

Matthew is the Managing Director of Warner Chappell Music Australia. He is the Deputy Chair of AMCOS and has been a Director since 2005. He is also a Director of APRA and a Director and the Chair of the Australasian Music Publishers Association Ltd.

Matthew joined Warner Chappell in 2003 and became MD in 2004. He started his publishing career at Festival Music Publishing in 1999.

In his role at Warner Chappell, Matthew is responsible for the representation of a diverse range of songwriters and music catalogues, from iconic writers and artists such as Little River Band, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Australian Crawl, Ray Charles, Radiohead, Michael Hutchence, Madonna, George Michael, Gamble & Huff, and Led Zeppelin, through to current talents and hit-writers such as Morgan Evans, Lizzo, Katy Perry, Justin Tranter, Bruno Mars, Ian Kirkpatrick, and Ilya.

ELECTION STATEMENT

I have been honoured to serve the membership of AMCOS since 2005. I have been a Director of AMPAL and APRA for 17 and 14 years respectively, and the Chair of AMPAL for 9 years.

With the increasing importance of digital services in our industry, AMCOS’ role within the song-writing and publishing community will grow and evolve, and I feel that I can continue to bring valuable experience to the Board.

I believe that I bring a unique perspective: I am the Managing Director of the Australasian operations of multinational publisher, Warner Chappell, but 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 Chair of AMPAL, I act as a liaison between publishers and APRA AMCOS, and I believe that this involvement will remain vital in ensuring all 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.

Contact Matthew at [email protected]

Jane English (Wise Music Pty Ltd)

BIOGRAPHY

Jane has worked extensively in the Australasian music publishing business. Jane is Managing Director of Wise Music Pty Ltd. She has also worked for EMI MP Asia (Regional Director), BMG MP Asia Pacific (Vice President), EMI MP Hong Kong (General Manager), Warner Bros MP Australia (General Manager), Warner Bros MP Asia (General Manager) and Rondor Music Australia (General Manager). She is a current Board Director of AMPAL and has been on the Boards of the Asian Music Publishers Association and the Hong Kong Music Publishers Association.

Outside of music publishing, Jane has:

  • assisted in the establishment of Support Act Ltd;
  • worked in the live music sector, primarily as Festival Director of Good Vibrations Festival, and managed various live music venues;
  • headed up the Licensing Department at collection society, Copyright Agency Ltd; and
  • provided free legal advice to musicians and songwriters at the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Jane holds an Honours degree in Law, an Arts degree and a graduate diploma in legal practice.

Wise Music is a global independent music publishing group, with a songwriter roster and catalogue mixture unlike any other music publisher.

ELECTION STATEMENT

My principal reason for seeking election to the AMCOS Board is to offer my services to play an active role in enhancing all members' remuneration and to defend and protect their rights.

If elected to the AMCOS Board, I would add to the mix of skills of the Directors. I have extensive industry expertise in AMCOS's business activities, having dedicated the majority of my working life to music publishing, plus having worked in television production, live events, venue management, collection society licensing, theatres and record companies. I hold a current Solicitors' practising certificate from both the NSW Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia.

Contact Jane at [email protected]