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Australian Music Centre Board of Directors


AMC Board - Chair

Genevieve Lacey

Genevieve Lacey

Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director. She has a substantial recording catalogue, a high-profile career as an international soloist, and a growing list of large-scale, collaborative works to her name. Her awards include two ARIAs, a Helpmann award, Australia Council, Freedman and Churchill Fellowships and Outstanding Musician, Melbourne Prize for Music.

AMC Board - Directors

Margaret Barrett

Margaret Barrett

Margaret Barrett (BA Music Education, MEd Utas, TTC, PhD Monash) is Professor and Head of School of Music at the University of Queensland. She is President of the International Society for Music Education and Chair of the World Alliance for Arts Education and has also served as Chair of the Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research, an elected member of the Board of the International Society for Music Education, and National President of the Australian Society for Music Education.

Deborah Cheetham

Deborah Cheetham

Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator has been a leader in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Deborah was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for distinguished service to the performing arts as an opera singer, composer and artistic director, to the development of Indigenous artists, and to innovation in performance. In 2017 Ms Cheetham was invited to perform an excerpt from her latest work Eumeralla, a War Requiem for Peace in the ancient language of the Gunditjmara people, at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco for the opening of the Venice Biennale, before embarking on a recital tour including performances in London, Paris, Rome and Singapore. Like her multi-award winning opera Pecan Summer, Eumeralla is set to advance the progress towards a meaningful reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-aboriginal Australians. (Image © Kristina Kingston)

Brad Cohen

Brad Cohen

Brad Cohen is a musician, working internationally as a conductor, technological innovator, and publisher. He is the Founder of the immersive music platform Tido, and is Artistic Director of West Australian Opera. He has conducted a wide ranging repertoire at opera companies including English National Opera, New York City Opera, and Opera Australia. He has led orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Het Gelders Orkest, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Brad's work is unified through a commitment to making music accessible. In 2010 he created the concept of Tido, which was released in September 2016 with an initial collection of Piano Masterworks. As a publisher and editor, he has also created a series of opera editions.

David Francis

David Francis

David is the Executive Director of Four Winds Concerts Inc, an international arts organisation based in Bermagui on the far South Coast of rural New South Wales. David originates from the UK. Before moving to Australia in 2014 as General Manager of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, David was Director of Arts at Dartington (UK) – a rural centre for the Arts, Sustainability and Social Justice. Prior to Dartington, David’s achievements include the development and management of the PRS for Music Foundation, the UK’s largest funder for new music; and the development of Sound and Music, a national agency for new music and sonic art. David studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and recently graduated from Exeter Business School’s ‘One Planet’ MBA.

Cat Hope

Cat Hope

Cat Hope is an eclectic composer who creates acoustic and electronic works, sound art and improvised noise music. She has completed a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree in performance at the University of Western Australia and a PhD in Art at RMIT University. Cat Hope is currently Professor of Music at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia where she is Head of Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Prior to this, she was a researcher at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University. She is also the founder and convenor of the biennial Totally Huge New Music Conference in Perth, and the director of the new music ensemble Decibel.

Sally Howland

Sally Howland

Sally Howland has worked with APRA AMCOS for over 30 years, most recently as the Head of Member Services and prior to that the Director of Membership. She is now an Advisor to both companies and is based in Melbourne. Sally is the Chair of Support Act Ltd (SAL) and a Director of the Archie Roach Foundation. She previously served on the AMC Board from 2005 to 2011.

Ben Northey

Benjamin Northey

Benjamin Northey is the Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and, from 2015, the Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest conductor of all Australian symphony orchestras and Opera Australia. He has appeared internationally with the London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and the National Orchestra of Colombia.

Ben Northey

Martel Ollerenshaw

Based in London, Martel Ollerenshaw is an international arts broker and creative producer. With a wide portfolio of skills and interests, she works with artists, organisations and festivals to create and produce work that is pioneering and often genre blurring. Between 2002 and 2017, she worked at Serious International Music Producers/EFG London Jazz Festival, where her portfolio included Seriously Talented, the suite of talent development programs for professional musicians in jazz and improvised music. Martel is the Chair of Pacitti Company/SPILL Festival (an organisation specialising in live art, activism and performance), the vice president of the Europe Jazz Network and board member of hcmf// (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival).

Other board meeting attendees

John Davis

John Davis

Australian Music Centre CEO

Judith Foster

Judith Foster

Australian Music Centre Staff