Karen Hamilton, 120 Publishing Pty Ltd
Karen has over 30 years’ experience in the industry across A&R, Copyright, Royalties & Licensing and is currently the General Manager at 120 Publishing.
Her experience includes positions at AMCOS, MMA Music, Hello Mr Wilson, Mana Music and Warner Chappell and working with John Woodruff across recordings, publishing and management for Savage Garden. Eventually partnering with John and Keith Welsh to form Rough Cut Music Publishing, over the next decade the company signed and developed many prominent Australian artists including Evermore, Kisschasy, Trial Kennedy and The Butterfly Effect.
In 2011 she launched 120 Publishing for Ministry of Sound Australia (now TMRW Music). 120 is a full-service publishing company with a special interest in working closely with dance & electronic music writers, producers and topliners, and a focus on setting up collaborations between domestic writers and international artists.
Karen is passionate about educating young writers and travels nationally as part of APRA’s Rights & Royalties education events. She currently sits on the AMPAL Board and is also an active member of APRA’s CMAG Committee, working to implement Music Recognition Technology across clubs and festivals and advocating for the fair distribution of live performance income to Australian writers.
I’m honoured to nominate for the position of AMCOS Director on the AMCOS Board. With over three decades of experience in the music industry, and the majority of this time with Australian owned independent companies, I believe I will bring an important and unique perspective.
Starting out in mechanical licensing at AMCOS, my industry career has included management roles in A&R, copyright and licensing at companies such as MMA Music, Hello Mr Wilson, Warner Chappell and Rough Cut. I've served as the General Manager at 120 Publishing, a predominantly dance & electronic music publisher, since its inception in 2011.
I'm passionate about the export of Australian music and breaking songwriters into new markets. I actively contribute to the industry as a Board Director for AMPAL, foundation member of APRA's Club Music Advisory Group, panellist for APRA’s Rights & Royalties events, and a judge for the PDA's.
I believe it's important for independent publishers and diverse music genres to have a strong board presence, ensuring representation of all members' interests. If elected, I commit to being active in using my experience to contribute in a positive way that supports the continued growth of the industry. I appreciate your consideration.