The Artists’ Advisory Panel has been established to identify and consider issues facing Victorian contemporary artists and to provide recommendations and advise Contemporary Music Victoria Inc. (Music Victoria), including its Committee of Management, in relation to appropriate activities in accordance with Music Victoria’s strategic plan.
Chelsea Wilson (Chair)
Chelsea Wilson is a Melbourne based vocalist, broadcaster, DJ and producer with over 12 years music industry experience. Her debut soul-inspired album 'I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without Me' was lauded #2 Album of the Year on ABC Radio National and nominated for Best Soul album at the Age Music Victoria Awards 2014, leading to performances including Glastonbury Festival UK and the headline spot on the Arts Centre stage at the Australasian World Music Expo. Her behind the scenes roles have included Concert and Events Licensing Representative at APRA|AMCOS and Music Manager at PBS 106.7FM. Currently Chelsea is the Artistic Director of Stonnington Jazz Festival and Music Programmer of Brunswick Music Festival. Passionate about independent media she produces and presents radio programs 'Jazz Got Soul' (PBS) and 'The Australian Soul Sessions' (Mi-Soul London). She also curates the 'Women of Soul' performance series. A member of the Women in Music Panel she is also chair of the Musicians Advisory panel for Music Victoria. She holds a Masters Degree of Arts and Entertainment Management, a Bachelor of Popular Music and a Diploma in Entertainment Business Management.
Laura Imbruglia (Secretary)
Previously most well-known as a musician (with 3 albums and countless tours under her belt), in recent years, Laura has been at the helm of the beloved variety webseries "Amateur Hour". She's appeared on panels across Melbourne to offer advice on crowdfunding and grant writing, and is passionate about empowering, educating and galvanising musicians.
Laura has also been known to DJ and host music trivia around Melbourne, and hosts the occasional pop up radio show "Word Nerds" on 3RRR. She's still making music too (naturally).
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.
Australian trumpeter/composer/sound artist, Peter Knight, is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his distinctive approach, which integrates jazz, experimental, and world music traditions. Peter’s work as both performer and composer is regularly featured in a range of ensemble settings, he also composes for theatre, creates sound installations, and is the Artistic Director of one of Australia’s leading contemporary music ensembles, the Australian Art Orchestra.
Jake Mason is a Melbourne based ARIA-nominated songwriter, producer, educator and touring artist with over twenty years experience in the Australian music industry. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts the multi-instrumentalist and prolific songwriter has released twelve albums; gained platinum sales in Australia; and established his own label and production house.
Public Bookings is a Melbourne-based artist booking and management service headed up by Justin Rudge.
Justin began booking and management at The Standard Hotel in Fitzroy, and from there has developed a small but significant roster of artists. Under the banner of Public Bookings, Justin offers a full service arrangement from local shows to festivals, recording, planning, tour logistics and management and everything in between.
Also a recording engineer and performer in his own right, Justin has completed two 35+ date tours of Europe with Dirty York in the last five years. He is also founding member of the team behind Leaps and Bounds Music Festival in the City of Yarra, and in November 2014 was elected to the board of Music Victoria.
Cheyenne Harper is a musician and performer based in Melbourne. Beginning her career performing and touring with Melbourne band ‘Teeth and Tongue’ for 2 years, Cheyenne has now ventured into her own powerful solo project ‘King IV’, performing regularly at festivals around Australia, whilst writing for some of Australia’s best producers and artists alike.
Alice Keath is a Melbourne-based musician and broadcaster. She graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music with First Class Honours in Composition and she’s since worked in many areas of music as a composer for theatre and dance, choir conductor, performer and producer. She’s also picked up several grants and scholarships relating to music and broadcasting including the Symphony Australia Music Presentation Scholarship, the Alex Burnard Scholarship for Composition, and the Australia Germany Association Educational Development Fellowship. As one half of the duo Sweet Jean, Alice has released two albums, toured internationally, performed at music festivals in Australia and overseas, as well as touring and recording with Paul Kelly. Alice has worked as a presenter, producer, programmer, and feature maker for ABC Radio National, Deutsche Welle in Bonn, and ABC Classic FM. She presented and produced the Live Set on RN for six years, and currently presents Weekend Afternoons on ABC Classic FM.