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Patrick Donovan

Patrick Donovan

CEO

Patrick Donovan was appointed CEO of Music Victoria, the peak body for contemporary music, in 2010. This followed a 15 year career at The Age newspaper where he was chief music writer for 12 years; wrote the local Sticky Carpet music column; and interviewed artists from Nick Cave to Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, David Bowie and Lou Reed. In his time at the Age, he founded and ran The EG Awards and started the campaign to name a street in honour of AC/DC which led to AC/DC Lane. He tour managed Iggy Pop in 1998, played in a band, and DJed. He is currently a member of the Victorian Live Music Roundtable and is on the board of the National Film and Sound Archive.

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Nick Cooper

Nick Cooper

Operations / Program Manager

Nick has been an active and passionate member of Music Victoria almost since its inception.  A dedicated musician from age 6, he has been heavily involved in the Melbourne, Victorian and Australian music scenes for many years.  Nick has managed bands and tours, played locally and internationally as a live and recording musician, and worked at some of Victoria’s iconic music festivals.  After a brief career as a pilot in the Australian Regular Army, and as a commercial lawyer for over 5 years, Nick is now part of the furniture at Music Victoria.  With a particular interest in the live and regional music sectors, Nick's mission is to advocate for artists, industry professionals and punters alike, and keep Victorian contemporary music on the world map.

 

Chloe Turner

Chloe Turner

Operations / Marketing Administrator

Chloe Turner is a founding board member of LISTEN, co-founder and director of affiliated record label LISTEN Records, full time operations and marketing administrator for Music Victoria and artist coordinator at Paradise Music Festival. Devoting most of her time to advocacy and gender equality within the music industry, Chloe is very passionate about feminism and diversity. 

Shaun Adams

Shaun Adams

Good Music Neighbours - Industry Liaison

Shaun got his start touring Australia as a sound engineer and tour manger and from there went on to work with several live music venues. While Shaun is most renowned for his work in regional areas (particularly programming one of Australia’s best, regional venues, Karova Lounge in Ballarat)  he's also helped manage a number of high profile acts and promoted numerous events with acts including Powderfinger, Silverchair and John Butler Trio. Shaun also worked on Straight To You, Triple J’s tribute to Nick Cave, and most recently brought Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to Ballarat in one of the largest-scale, live music events held in regional Victoria in over several years. Shaun has also worked for festivals such as Meredith Music Festival and Falls Festival.

Sarah Deborre

Sarah Deborre

Live Music Professionals Project Manager

At Music Victoria Sarah manages Live Music Professionals, a coaching program supporting independent live promoters and music venues across Victoria. Sarah has had a long involvement in Melbourne music and has worked and presented programs at PBS FM, worked in music distribution and spent three years running the FReeZACentral program at The Push. Sarah has also spent time as a music writer, has actively run numerous benefit gigs and dappled in music television. 

Alyse Newman

Alyse Newman

Program / Marketing Assistant

Alyse works for Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) as operations administrator, Little Giant Agency as a music publicist and Music Victoria as program / marketing assistant. She has a Bachelor in Entertainment Management which was completed at the Australian Institute of Music and has both practical and theoretical experience across various aspects of the Music Industry. 

 


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