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2021 APRA Publisher election candidates

Heath Johns (BMG Rights Management Australia P/L)

BIOGRAPHY

Since launching BMG Australia in March 2016 as the company's inaugural Managing Director, Heath Johns has signed global publishing deals with Neil Finn/Crowded House, Alison Wonderland, Peking Duk, Kasey Chambers, Golden Features, What So Not, JET, Wolfmother, Didirri, Kwame, Illy, Winston Surfshirt, SAFIA and more. Heath also heads up BMG Auatralia’s recorded operation and has signed record deals with Angus & Julia Stone, Chet Faker, Dope Lemon, Ladyhawke, Example, Dune Rats, Hockey Dad, Julia Stone, CHAII, Tim Minchin and more. Heath led the Australian BMG operation through the acquisition of iconic Australian music company Alberts as well as one of Asia Pacific’s leading PM operations Big Bang & Fuzz.

Heath holds MBA and Master of Marketing degrees from the University of Newcastle, was the 2020 recipient of the Newton-John Medal recognising extraordinary services to the Arts and was previously Director of A&R at UMPG for over 13 years where he signed Gang of Youths, Passenger, The Veronicas, Daniel Merriweather, Guy Sebastian, M-Phazes and Jessica Mauboy as well as signing JET, Wolfmother and Peking Duk and others to their first publishing deals. He is also a current board member of AMPAL and AMCOS.

ELECTION STATEMENT

I believe I bring a unique mix of skills and experience to both the AMCOS and APRA Boards. Serving as a Director on the AMPAL and AMCOS Boards has given me a sense of what is required to help continue improving the conditions of Australian and New Zealand songwriters and I’d love the opportunity to further involve myself at APRA level.

As the Managing Director of BMG Australia & New Zealand- the fastest growing music company in the region, I feel I bring a unique point of view to the table as I also head up a relevant, frontline record label with a stream of hit records from artists including Chet Faker, Dope Lemon, Julia Stone, Tim Minchin, Ladyhawke, Dune Rats and Hockey Dad. I feel this gives me a sense of balance and objectivity as we seek to achieve a fair environment for both artists and songwriters and as a result of that, labels and publishers.

After 6 years of operation in Australia, I believe it is time that the World’s Fourth Largest Music Company is represented on the APRA Board for the first time.

Contact Heath at [email protected]

Simon Moor (Kobalt Music Publishing Australia P/L)

BIOGRAPHY

Simon Moor is the Managing Director of Kobalt Music Group APAC. Simon established Kobalt in Australia and New Zealand in 2010, and with a sharp focus on providing services to local songwriters and artists, quickly achieved global success. Now in 2021, the Kobalt roster includes songwriters and artists from Cosmos Midnight, Flume (Future Classic), Dean Lewis (Specific Music), Tash Sultana, Tim Minchin, and Tones And I to Gotye and many others. In 2016, Simon established Kobalt Music Publishing Asia in Hong Kong and played a key role in drafting and implementing strategic plans across the region. Simon put in place key partnerships for Kobalt writers and rights owners including those with NetEase Cloud Music and Tencent Music Entertainment in China. Beyond Kobalt, Simon is a non-executive director of the Australasian Music Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) as well as a board director of the Australians Music publishers Association (AMPAL).

ELECTION STATEMENT

In the role of non-executive board director for APRA I will bring experience and knowledge within the music industry, specifically music publishing, as well as experience as a board director. As a music publisher and Managing Director of Kobalt Music APAC, I have always had a focus on local songwriters and rights owners, fostering and working with both, and I understand what it means to have success globally as well as how important it is to have an efficient and functioning performance rights society. There are many similarities between Kobalt and APRA that will aid me to contribute and further the success of APRA to date. The key principles here are fair remuneration, transparency and inclusiveness, all pillars that Kobalt has been built on and that are shared with APRA. As a current board director of both AMCOS and AMPAL I am also aware and have the experience, knowledge and skills to contribute and take APRA forward into the future. In this time of unprecedented events, strong governance principles, management and strategic direction have never been more important.

Contact Simon at [email protected]

Linda Bosidis (Mushroom Music Pty Ltd)

BIOGRAPHY

Linda is the Managing Director of Mushroom Music Publishing, appointed in 2019, having previously been Head of the A&R and Creative team since 1996. Linda began her career at APRA in 1990, where she created the first Melbourne Writer Services Department.

A dedicated, collaborative, and empathetic leader, Linda is passionate about music and helping to develop and support the careers of Australian, New Zealand and international songwriters. She generates real opportunities for artists to tell their own stories, she listens to the individual needs of the writers and advises how to successfully blend their business with their craft. To date she has signed more than 200 career songwriters and in her role represents a diverse range of artists and catalogues both new and iconic.

Linda supports the Yiriman Project in WA which assists 'at risk' Indigenous youth. In honour of her late husband Dean Turner (Magic Dirt), Linda and her daughters partnered with Laneway Festival to raise over $250,000 to date.

ELECTION STATEMENT

Mushroom Music is a family-owned independent publisher and has been in operation since 1972. We work with some of the most reputable and celebrated ANZ and international songwriters and catalogues. We are true champions of emerging artists and nurturing talent. We help build rewarding, sustainable careers. Our approach is tailored, fresh and innovative. We understand the importance of protecting and representing copyrights. We pride ourselves on accuracy, transparency and attention to detail. We work with an extensive like-minded sub-publisher network globally. We value creativity, equality, community, diversity, accountability, inclusion, collaboration, exploration, originality. I’ve been instrumental in creating these values and cultivating this environment over my 25 years at Mushroom Music. I’d bring a contrasting viewpoint due to my experience and knowledge in the independent market, a balance in the best interests of the writer, publisher members and APRA, which is an imperative and complimentary perspective to the current representation on the Board.

Contact Linda at [email protected]

Clive Hodson (Perfect Pitch Publishing Pty Ltd)

BIOGRAPHY

Clive is Founder/Managing Director of the Perth-based independent Music Publisher Perfect Pitch and Perfect Pitch Digital companies and is an active songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, senior music business lecturer and music teacher. An AMCOS Director since 2016, he is also a Director of AMPAL (2011) and currently also Deputy Chair of AMPAL (2013). Clive is also a Board Director of WAM (West Australian Music) (2019).

Clive is the only regionally based (Perth WA) publisher currently sitting on the AMCOS/AMPAL boards

Clive previously held senior management roles at PolyGram/Universal, ABC Music and Shock Music Publishing. He has served on the boards of the PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) and AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association).

He was a senior lecturer at AIM (Australian Institute of Music) until relocating to Perth and is a guest lecturer at TAFE WA and WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), in addition to being a regular facilitator, panelist, mentor at WAMcon, a major sponsor of WAM Song of the Year competition and an Australia Council peer assessor.

Clive is also a registered Justice of the Peace in NSW and WA.

ELECTION STATEMENT

One of the challenges for a music organisation is ensuring that their board is both representative of all members and appropriately skilled and experienced to govern the organisation.

There is a need for the APRA board to consist of a balance of both independent and major representative members. This brings a dynamic of expertise, knowledge and diversity, from a national and global perspective to the decision and policy making of the APRA board.

The reasons for seeking election are based on my proven board experience and skill mix obtained over more than 10 years of as a non-executive board director of three significant contributors to the advocacy of songwriters and artists – AMPAL/AMCOS and WAM.

Diversity is also a key factor in nominating for a position on the board. I am currently the only full-service publishing member located outside of Melbourne/Sydney. I feel the understanding and importance of this diversity of location is an important consideration to all member when voting.

Contact Clive at [email protected]

Jan Hellriegel (Songbroker Limited)

BIOGRAPHY

Not only is Jan a music publisher, she is also a working musician who can read music notation, and is a published author. Jan has been a writer member of APRA for 35 years, and a publisher member for 10. She has a high profile in New Zealand and is well regarded throughout the industry. Jan founded and runs Songbroker Music Publishing, a social enterprise focusing proactively on creating more opportunities and incomes for indie artists. She is a recognised expert in music copyright and is a loud and persistent voice lobbying government and ministries in NZ for stronger and more effective copyright laws and for artists rights. Jan is a former director of IMNZ and sat on the RMNZ board during the development of One Music. Alongside Songbroker Music Publishing, Jan founded licensing specialist Aeroplane Music Services and continues to run her creative/strategic company, Seahorse Swim Ltd. Jan has a BA from Otago University. She continues to write and record music and is working on her 5th studio album and a new programme for musicians called “Melody - Knowledge is Creative Freedom”.

ELECTION STATEMENT

I have a valuable skill-set to bring to the service of the APRA board and am uniquely qualified in terms of my experience in both the creative and business side of the music industry.

During my career, I have worked in the areas of marketing, advertising, media, sales, accounting and communications. I have an in-depth knowledge of music copyright and licensing and considered an expert in the field. For 35 years I have a been a writer member of APRA and am totally engaged across the music spectrum.

As MD of Songbroker Music Publishing, I represent 100’s of independent Australasian writers and composers and we are growing rapidly. They trust us.

APRA is facing genuine threats from digital providers who could do the same service and perhaps, for fewer admin fees. One way to remedy this is to remember our history and reason for being. Members want to know their society has their back and that they are treated equitably. To stave off market share erosion we need our board to look at the future with a fresh lens. NZ also needs more of a presence on this board I would like the opportunity to contribute. Thank you.

Contact Jan at [email protected]