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.
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]