David Caffery

David designs and delivers a range of quality cultural projects in Canberra. His cultural development company, Dionysus, programs and manages places as meaningful destinations.

Driven by contemporary philosophies of culture and meaning, David utilises skill sets across programming, arts administration, event management, branding and communications, hospitality, government regulation and place management. This creates more exciting places to visit and live and, more philosophically, it creates harmonious communities who nurture creativity, self-empowerment and greater existential meaning. In today’s fragmented world, that’s what we need most.

After graduating from honours in philosophy whilst starting uniVibes, a local party society, his roles now include: place manager of ANU Pop-Up Village, events manager and cultural coordinator of NewActon, festival producer of Art, Not Apart, minister for party affairs of Australian Dance Party, party producer of both Escape Ferocity and Sound and Fury and president of MusicACT.

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Daniel Ballantyne

Daniel is a passionate arts and cultural leader, a strategic thinker, planner, programer and advocate with 20 years of experience and success in public, commercial and not for profit roles. Daniel has a long and somewhat reliable knowledge of Australian popular music history. Daniel is also a self designated Mod which he says is much more than a genre, rather an attitude someone somewhere defined as "clean living under difficult circumstances".

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Shannen Egan
Program Manager

Shannen Egan is from the mighty city of Hull in the UK which has a little or lot to do with the huge energy she has put into more than four years of amplifying Canberra's music scene through her networking, music media and getting gigs on. Shan's self assured DIY ethos is fuelled by her thorough attention to the local contemporary music community which has combined to make her precisely what MusicACT needs to turbo charge Canberra's music scene. Shannen also holds the role of managing director for local music hub’s and publications CBR DIY and Turning Heads management and booking agency. Above all Shannen is a "nice punk”.

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Emily Allen

Emily is an arts administrator with a professional background in journalism and music business. By day, she works at the ANU School of Music, and by night she moonlights as the Communications Coordinator for MusicACT, a contributing writer, and dabbles in freelance marketing, social media and communications for the arts in Canberra. 

Emily joined the MusicACT committee in 2013 where she served on the Promotions Sub-Committee for the MAMAs and has since filled roles of Secretary and Communications Coordinator. 

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Emma Morris

Emma has been involved in music in Canberra one way or another since moving here in 1990. From percussion in school band through to orchestras and ensembles, also a self taught pianist and singer/songwriter with quite a repertoire of original material.

Emma attended CIT Music School during the first years of their Contemporary Music Diploma offering and is passionate about providing further local opportunities for professional development in the music industry. Musically, collaboration has always played a huge part of her passion for music and performance wise, Emma is best known in the Canberra Hip Hop community as MissM, one half of Legit'n'MissM.

Emma has also recorded and performed feature vocals with other Canberra MC's and Electronic Dance Music producers over the years. All this while building a career in administration which is how we found her and why. Emma brings a sense of order to the creative chaos of our passionate team, with her admin skills really coming to the fore as Secretary for the Committee.

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Lauren Melksham

Lauren moved to Canberra in 2009 and loved it straight away. She studied Music Business at CIT in 2015 and has been volunteering with Canberra Musicians Club as Volunteer Coordinator and Secretary since early 2015. She became involved with MusicACT in 2016. Lauren is passionate about local music and fostering the next generation of musicians and artists.


Nick Craft
Committee Member

Nick Craft has had a long career in the music industry. He co-founded the band Sidewinder as a Canberra teenager, who went on to be staples of the JJJ and national touring and festival circuits of the 1990s. Since then, he has released several records in Australia and the UK as the Zillions in the 00s, while composing music for theatre, ads and films, and occasionally playing as a touring guitarist for other artists. Currently, he has just released his first solo album, Minerva, plays guitar in Cell Block 69, and has a number of other music projects that he's pushing along gently. He has been a committee member of Music ACT since 2015.


Joel Tyrrell
Committee Member

Joel is the bassist and vocalist in known as Canberra, Australia-based band Hands Like Houses. After the band signed to Rise Records, their debut album Ground Dweller rocketed to #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in 2012. Also the founder and director of ‘Bad Bad Records.’

Rohan Fox
Committee Member

Rohan has been playing piano for over 20 years and performs solo and as part of various groups around Canberra for the past 10 years. He received a Diploma in Piano Performance in 2006. He is currently a researcher at the Development Policy Centre. Prior to this position he was a visiting lecturer in economics and project coordinator for the ANU-UPNG partnership in Port Moresby, responsible for delivering capacity building workshops and reporting to the Australian Government.