Brendan Gallagher, self-published
I was an APRA director 2014-2020, vice chair of Asia-Pacific Music Creators Alliance (APMA) 2016-2021, and a board member of International Council of Music Creators (CIAM) 2017-2022.
With over 40 years’ experience in the music industry, I’ve toured the world as a performer. I’ve produced over 40 albums, more than half as an artist, including two ARIA winners.
I’m the author of The Open Tuning Chord Book for Guitar, first published in 1994. I’ve composed forfilm, ads and TV, and played on recordings for David Bowie, Jimmy Little and Kylie Minogue, and others.
I’ve worked extensively with indigenous artists, producing recordings for Jimmy Little, Kutcha Edwards, Emma Donovan et al, and as MD for Buried Country, Clinton Walker’s theatre production of the untold story of Aboriginal country music.
I’ve worked in music education at TAFE, UTS, AIM, and Bondi WAVE, and lecturing on production at SAE and JMC. I have a BA Communication UTS 1988.
In the last six years I’ve recorded and released five albums and played shows all over. I’m a guitar player that still loves to play, and that informs everything I do as a musician and advocate – it’s about the music.
Since it was established in 1979 no writer member has been elected to the AMCOS Board of Directors.
AMCOS is one of the only mechanical rights societies in the world that has no writer representation on the Board. The very people who generate the copyrights, the writers, have no representation on, or oversight of, the Board that administers their rights. This is indefensible. It’s never the right time for change. If not now, when?
A member since 1991, I’m a self-published writer with extensive connections in the music industry as a producer, writer and educator.
After six years on the APRA board I know the business, and both boards know me as a constructive and diligent director.
As a former board member of the International Council of Music Creators (CIAM) and editor of their newsletter With One Voice. I’ve nurtured extensive contacts in the international music community.
I would be an asset in the joint board room and as a public advocate, attending media & parliamentary events to articulate APRA AMCOS’s worldview.
The membership invested in me over many years to be an effective and informed player on their behalf in our industry. I would like to continue that work.