Matthew Capper, Warner Chappell Music Australia (Incumbent)
Matthew is the Managing Director of Warner Chappell Music Australia, and the Chair and a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers Association Ltd, the industry organisation for music publishers in Australasia. He has been an APRA Board Director for 16-years and is a Director and the Deputy Chair of the AMCOS Board.
Additionally, he serves on behalf of AMPAL on the board of The International Confederation of Music Publishers, the global body for music publishers. He was appointed as Treasurer of ICMP in July 2023. 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, INXS, Madonna, George Michael, Gamble & Huff, and Led Zeppelin, through to current talents and hit-writers such as Morgan Evans, Lizzo, Katy Perry, Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, Ian Kirkpatrick, and Ilya.
I have served on the APRA Board for 16 years, and am also on the Audit Risk and Culture, Services and Technology, and Operations committees. I am currently Chair of the latter.
In addition to my appointments at AMCOS, I have been a director of the AMPAL Board for 19 years, and Chairperson for almost 11 years.
I believe that I bring a unique perspective to all my roles – I am the Managing Director of a multinational publisher for Australasia, but on a day-to-day basis remain heavily involved in all business functions, including copyright, royalties, 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. My work at ICMP and WCM provides me with valuable insight on international issues.
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.