Tim Northeast (Chair)
Tim has been involved in live music venue management for over 25 years and is currently a member of the Victorian Music Council and the Live Music Roundtable.
Originally from Warrnambool in country Victoria, Tim completed a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and gained experience in corporate banking and retail before moving into venue management. Tim has been Managing Director and co-owner of The Corner since 1995 and is also co-owner of the Northcote Social Club, Newtown Social Club and The National Hotel.
Tim is also a director of Ticketscout Pty Ltd which is a boutique ticketing service focused on independent live music venues and events.
With experience in financial management, innovation and managing cultural change, Tim is keen to help reinvigorate live music in country Victoria and promote musicians rights.
Michelle Nicol (Deputy Chair)
Michelle Nicol is a business and digital marketing strategist and has 15 years experience in media and communications. Since 2006, Michelle has worked as a senior business strategist and consultant, specialising in digital marketing and PR for the entertainment, hospitality, retail and destination marketing sectors. The Co-Founder and Content Marketing Director of two start-up technology companies, she possesses sound knowledge of the development and funding stages of start-ups and the technology economy.
Michelle has a strong interest and network in the Victorian music scene and was instrumental in leading the initiatives resulting in the renaming of Rowland S. Howard Lane to honour the contribution of musicians to our culture, and has been a promoter, tour manager and publicist for Australian and international artists.
Recently she has been closely involved with senior levels of local and State Government in the strategic development of local precincts and urban renewal project and events including Pride March Victoria, World AIDS Conference and St Kilda Festival. As a consultant she reports to a number of boards and committees including St Kilda Tourism, Fitzroy Street Precinct and non-profits such as the Jewish Taskforce Against Family Violence and The Hunger Project. She has also successfully delivered state and federal Government-funded projects in Australia for both (major) sides of Government.
Barry Williams (Treasurer)
Barry Williams is now after a 35 year career in the Motor Industry happily retired. Graduating from Bendigo College with an accounting degree in 1997 he moved to Melbourne in 1978 to take a position with Penfold Motors as accountant. During his 35 year career with the company he successfully became a partner of the business. During his time within the motor industry he served on many industry advisory committees and boards. He culminated his career by becoming Managing Director of the company. With Barry’s direction Penfold Motors was regarded as a generous corporate citizen and actively supported many local community activities, many of those involving the music industry, including long term associations with PBS FM and QMF music festival. Barry has extensive management skills in marketing finance digital strategies team building strategic planning and corporate governance. He was appointed to the Music Victoria Board in 2013 and has been an active contributor, for the last four months he has held the position as treasurer. His enthusiasm for the vision of Music Victoria is the compelling reason why he decided to stand again for election for the coming year.
Sarah Blaby is a musician, DJ, venue booker, promoter and currently the sponsorship manager at PBS FM. She works alongside all major venues, festivals, councils, touring agents and promoters in Victoria, as well as National booking agents and media agencies. PBS is a one of the nation’s largest community radio stations, specializing in music of all genres and a champion of the local Melbourne scene. As manager of the sponsorship department she is responsible for funding partnerships, advertising income, maintaining council and government relations and keeping in touch with new and established venues and musicians in all stages of their careers.
With over 20 years in the Melbourne music scene, across media, venues and as a musician, she brings a wealth of experience in grass roots and punk rock DIY spaces and events, has a large knowledge of the club and DJ scene through 8 years as Revolver programmer, and is connected to a large vibrant scene of musicians and artists. Sarah was part of the now legendary ‘Rock n Roll High school’, has toured with Le Tigre, Le Butcherettes, Dinosaur Jr, The Coolies, Von Bondies, plus pretty much every Melbourne band you can think of, touring across Australia, Europe, Japan and USA. She’s performed at Big Day Out, Ladyfest, North by North East (NXNE Toronto) and represented organisations at South by South West. Sarah also managed Melbourne dark wave act HTRK during the recording of Marry me Tonight and she plays guitar in local three piece, Plaster of Paris.
Jeremy Gronow has more than 25 years’ experience in journalism, media management, public relations and communications for state and local government. In this time he specialised in construction project communications for more than 30 diverse projects such as the AAMI Park Stadium, the Melbourne Park Redevelopment, the Flinders Street Station Design Competition and the Melbourne Recital Centre. Jeremy has also been playing bands for more than three decades as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Outside of work, Jeremy volunteers as member of the Music Victoria board and provides pro-bono communications advice to organisations such as the board of the Victorian Pride Centre and Joy Fm.
Tracee Hutchison is a highly regarded broadcaster, journalist, arts and media executive, commissioning editor, multi-platform producer/director, executive producer, educator and author and brings 30 years’ experience at the highest level in Australian and international broadcast media and arts sectors.
Tracee’s wide-ranging media career includes high profile on air roles at JJJ, where she launched the national network, ABC radio (national, local and regional), Radio Australia, 3RRR.FM and television presenter and reporter roles at the 7.30 Report, ABC Arts and co-host of ABC TV’s DIG TV, with James Reyne. Her extensive TV and online production credits include: Series Producer for ‘nomad’, the program that discovered ‘silverchair’(SBS TV), Network Executive Producer for the ABC’s Australia Network/ABC International and Talent Producer/Scriptwriter for ‘Rockwiz’ (SBS TV).
A former CEO of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival and Program Director & Board Member at 3RRR.FM, Tracee is currently Head of Journalism at the Australian College of Arts (Collarts) and consults to the community broadcasting sector, arts organisations and local government.
Tracee has been a passionate advocate for social justice issues throughout her career and brings a strong commitment to gender equity, representation of CALD artists and a particular interest and support for regional music initiatives to her role on the Music Victoria Board.
Ian James has been the Managing Director of Mushroom Music Publishing for the past 30 years. Based in Melbourne, Mushroom Music is a dynamic, creative and fiercely independent music publisher and has been in operation since 1972. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Chairman of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). In 2014 he was appointed as the Adjunct Professor at the Victoria University College of Business and in 2016 he was Elected to the Board of the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP). Prior to joining Mushroom Music, he was at APRA for 10 years, managing the Licensing Department and the Southern Region office. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Psychology) from the University of New South Wales.
Matthew Kennedy has worked within not-for-profit business management and development, across all of local, state, national and international levels, for over 20 years. Matthew has been the Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Victoria, which has 38 staff and about 900 member clubs, centres and associations, since 2011. He previously worked for the International Cricket Council for a decade and was its Global Development Manager, first based out of London and then later Dubai, responsible for supporting 94 non-Test cricket nations. Matthew began his career in 1993 at the Victorian Cricket Association, finishing seven years there as its Community Cricket Manager. He has a Bachelor of Business in Sport Management (Deakin University 1992) and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Law (Melbourne University 2008).
Melbourne-based Richard – Rich to his friends – got his first job booking bands in pubs at age 17 and has avoided all real jobs since. Until recently, Rich booked many Melbourne venues including:
- Punters Club, Corner Hotel, Evelyn Hotel, Public Bar, Northcote Social Club, East Brunswick Club, Shebeen, 170 Russell and Newtown Social Club (NSW).
In the early 2000s, he started booking and programming festivals, which include:
- St Kilda Festival, Queenscliff, Falls, Southbound, Pushover, Groovin’ the Moo, Parklife, West Coast Blues & Roots, Northwest Festival, Splendour and The Plot.
In addition to being an active presence in Melbourne’s music community, Rich has busied himself with a bunch of other music-related stuff over the years:
- Wrote and edited Form Guide, a monthly 60-page magazine featuring interviews, album reviews and a gig guide
- Founded Way Over There, an artist-run record label (distributed via Shock) that released 65 full-length albums from artists such as Machine Translations, The Dead Salesmen, Gersey, Mississippi Barry and Blue Grassy Knoll
- Hosted Triple R drive-time radio show ‘Incoming’ for 15 years, showcasing new Australian and New Zealand music
- Arranged music, sorted publishing and booked bands to appear on Channel Nine's Mick Molloy Show
Most of the work Rich has done – from booking bands in pubs, to programming festivals, to self-publishing magazines – has started out on a voluntary basis.
When he’s not booking festival shows, you’ll find Rich making epic playlists, listening to 70s slow jams and looking for the next interesting project to sink his teeth into.