Gavin Findlay studied music at the University of Tasmania, played with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for eight years and was the founding Chair of IHOS Music Theatre & Opera. He has had a long career as a producer and manager of arts organisations including the Performance Space in Sydney and Canberra’s groundbreaking Splinters Theatre of Spectacle. Gav helped establish the Australian Choreographic Centre before becoming Director of Canberra Youth Music and undertaking post-graduate studies in Musicology. In 2002 he joined the Australian Public Service, where he specialises in Indigenous economic development, and in 2009 completed a Master of Public Policy degree at the Australian National University. He is currently undertaking PhD studies at the ANU researching documentation methodologies for the performing arts, and co-produced The Village Festival in Glebe Park for the Centenary of Canberra. Having played in legendary Canberra bands P Harness and CooCoo Fondoo, Gavin continues to perform as a musician and is Assistant Musical Director of Canberra Brass.
David is NewActon’s events and cultural coordinator, coordinates the MusicACT Annual Music Awards and is starting a music and arts venue in Canberra. With a background in cultural philosophy and event management, David is focused on enriching communities through artistic events. Poetry slams, contemporary exhibitions, innovative concerts and multi-arts festivals are instilled with a common philosophy: art can shape the patterns of existence into something recognisable. Nietzsche and contemporary thinkers have motivated him to show the Dionysian connections Western society habitually neglects. While at ANU he started uniVibes, a not-for-profit event management society hosting parties and concerts. He manages an improvisation funk band and compiles bands for his events.
Since graduating from Narrabundah College in 2004, Daria has worked in hospitality, vocational education and training and the real estate industries. Having recently left a successful career as a Senior Body Corporate Manager for reputable local firms spanning some 5 years. Daria has begun studying Music Business, with a keen interest in the more corporate aspect of the music industry. She has been an active member of MusicACT, having overseen ticketing for the inaugural MAMAs and providing other general administrative assistance. Having successfully been a business owner since the age of just 18, she brings to MusicACT both practical business knowledge and an understanding of networking, particularly in a social media context. Daria loves other languages and cultures and has travelled to many countries which has fuelled her passion for the arts and music, both local and abroad. She has an avid passion for her art – a unique spin on Arabic-esque calligraphy, that morphed into what has now been dubbed her ‘inconcept prints’. Daria previously participated as a subcommittee member of Artsound FM and looks forward to working as a committee member of MusicACT to support and promote the local music industry.
Emily has a BA in Journalism and Creative Writing and a subsequent Diploma of Music Industry (Business) after playing in a local orchestra for a number of years. Emily works at the ANU's School of Music, is the Communications Coordinator and Secretary for MusicACT, and Marketing and Publicity Coordinator for the Canberra Multicultural Fringe. These role sees her combine her passion for social media, writing, music and arts administration. Emily jumped at the opportunity to take up the role of Communications Coordinator for MusicACT and was on the Promotions Sub-Committee for the 2013 MusicACT Annual Music Awards.
Anna Wallace is the Director of Pyramid Music, an independent music business providing artist management, event management, programming, PR and strategic marketing services to the Australian music, entertainment and events industries.
Anna has over 8 years experience in the field, having built local business UC Live! from the ground up over 5 years, managed and mentored bands for the past 8 years, and worked in management roles on such festivals as Groovin’ The Moo, Falls Festival and Stonefest.
As well as being a committee member of MusicACT, Anna is the ACT representative on the board of the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) and the state representative of the Association of Artist Managers, who awarded her a 12-month mentorship in 2013 with Gregg Donovan of Wonderlick Entertainment (Boy & Bear, Grinspoon, Josh Pyke).
Angus is a born and bred Canberran, well he’s from Queanbeyan but he keeps telling everyone that it’s an inner suburb of Canberra. Angus has a passion for the region so much so that he has made it his career with the Canberra Convention Bureau to bring people, conferences and events to the nations capital so that they can feel what locals would consider an underrated experience. In 2013 Angus took on the role of Chairing the MusicACT Annual Music Awards Promotion Committee , he described the experience as follows; “ it has begun to open up a new view on arts in Canberra for me and in turn build an appreciation for the talented people that make our city a such an exciting place to live.” Looking forward Angus is taking a more active role in MusicACT to help with the organisation of the associations future events.