Our Objectives
Advocacy and Representation
Project Development
Advice and Resources
Networking and Communication


Management Committee
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MusicNSW is the Peak Body for Contemporary Music in NSW.

We are a not for profit Industry Association set up to represent, promote and develop the contemporary music industry in New South Wales, Australia, in addition to managing a number of Music Development projects.

MusicNSW exists to support the creative and economic expansion of the NSW contemporary Music Industry through advocacy, resource assistance, activating growth of industry infrastructure, delivery of tailored initiatives and provision of advice and referrals.

Our objectives are to:

  • To ensure that the interests of the NSW contemporary music industry are adequately addressed by the media, government and cultural bodies.
  • To empower communities around NSW to retain their musical identity and foster audiences for local material.
  • To provide the NSW contemporary music industry with advice and resources and have available systemised information that can be updated regularly and disseminated widely.
  • To increase industry professionalism and skills at all levels and sectors of the NSW contemporary music industry through education and training.
  • To develop regional, national and international recording and performance opportunities for NSW musicians.
  • To provide coordination services between musicians, grass roots music organisations, industry bodies and government bodies.

Advocacy and Representation

MusicNSW continues to grow and develop in its representation and advocacy role.

With increasing demands for assistance from the range of sectors that make up the industry and government at all levels, MusicNSW takes an active role in developing statewide strategies to improve services to contemporary music

Project Development

MusicNSW continues to develop projects based on identified industry needs. Through our core projects (Indent and Sound Summit) MusicNSW develops programs specific to increasing access and opportunities to and within the music industry.

For more information on our projects see



Women In Electronic Music

Sound Advice

There are a number of grant opportunities available to musicians through major Arts funding bodies. If you are applying as a single applicant, you can apply directly to these funding bodies. However, if your grant application involves two or more applicants, there are a number of funding bodies that require group applications to be incorporated organisations and not for profit. As MusicNSW is both incorporated and not for profit, we offer our service as an auspicing body to enable group applicants to apply for the funds. Types of funding may include: grants, scholarships, or partnership programs. For more information, check out the FAQ section, here.

Advice and Resources
MusicNSW is available to individuals, businesses, organisations and other groups to advise on industry issues, while providing an increasing range of information and advice to the NSW music industry. Visit our resource section or contact us.

Networking and Communication
MusicNSW acts as a conduit to the contemporary music industry, enabling widespread access to industry information and opportunities.


MusicNSW is governed by the MusicNSW Management Committee:

Julian Knowles -Chair

Julian is a musician, producer and senior academic with a career spanning over 20 years. Julian has an extensive background in the Australian and UK independent music scenes. One of his bands, Even As We Speak, achieved significant chart success in the UK and was one of only four Australian bands ever to be invited to record sessions for the prominent BBC Radio 1 DJ, John Peel. Recent projects as a producer include recordings with Ed Kuepper and Chris Bailey, and a solo album for Ed Kuepper entitled ‘Second Winter’. Julian has a decade of senior academic leadership experience, having held Head of School positions at the University of Western Sydney, University of Wollongong and Queensland, University of Technology. He has consulted to arts funding agencies and has served as a member of the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. In addition, he has more than a decade of experience as a chair and board member in the not-for-profit arts sector, having held the chair position at Q Music for 6 years and serving on the boards of the Music Council of Australia, The Wired Lab, and the National Council of Tertiary Music Schools. As an expert consultant he has led external reviews at the University of Technology Sydney and Southern Cross University.Julian is currently Professor of Music in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where he is also the Research Leader for the Music and Sound Cultures Group and the Creative Ecologies Lab.

Michelle Walter

Michelle Walter is Head of Sponsorships and Events at Qantas.  With 20 years’ experience in marketing and events in the media and tourism sectors, Michelle has worked closely with the Australian music industry to profile emerging and high profile artists in the domestic and international markets.  Michelle is passionate about building strong relationships between major brands and Australia’s diverse music community to promote unique Australian talent and engage new audiences.  Her approach is based on a firm belief that the behind-the-scenes contributors to the industry’s success are just as important as the big stars.  

Jules Munro - Deputy Chair

Jules is a partner in the boutique law firm Simpsons Solicitors. Jules co-wrote with Shane Simpson the acclaimed music industry bible “Music Business: A Musician’s Guide to the Australian Music Industry”, now in its fourth edition. Jules heads up Simpsons’ music, film & TV and digital media team. His music industry clients include artists, composers, record labels and music publishers large and small, managers, producers, song writers and DJs. Jules is also volunteer lawyer with the Arts Law Centre of Australia. Jules was appointed to the board of MusicNSW in November 2005, and served as President until May 2013. He remains on the board.

Milly Petriella

Milly is APRA AMCOS’s Deputy Director Member Services, a position she has held since January 2005. In addition to working at APRA AMCOS for more than 14 years, Milly has been involved in the Australian music industry for more than two decades. Milly is currently the Deputy Chair of Music NSW and in May 2008 was elected to the board of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia and most recently elected to Forces Entertainment Board. Milly serves on a number of key music industry committees including Support Act Limited, Country Music Advisory Group Australia and VROOM (online venue guide). She has also been a consultant to the Talent Development Project since 2002. Prior to joining APRA AMCOS Milly managed artists and booked live entertainment in Sydney venues. Milly is a keen supporter of Sydneys urban music scene.

Ben Fletcher-Treasurer

Ben is a Director and equity partner at Moneypenny Business & Taxation Services where he has been providing accounting, taxation and business advice to creative individuals and their businesses since January 2008. Working with clients from every level and every area of the music industry – from big touring artists to small time promoters – he has developed an intimate knowledge of the business behind the music. He has a Bachelor of Commerce, is a member of the ICAA, is a Justice of the Peace and is currently working towards a Masters in Taxation Law. He is also a remarkably average DJ.

MusicNSW Staff Members:

Emily CollinsManaging Director

Emily Collins comes to MusicNSW as former Development Manager at FBi Radio in Sydney. Emily has worked in the music industry in a variety of capacities since first moving to Sydney from Darwin in 2002, including working on music festivals, doing marketing and publicity for bands, and being in various bands herself. She put on a 10-band music festival in her backyard once, and it was great.

Hannah Crofts – Executive Producer

Starting out her career interning at Umbrella Music & Rice Is Nice Hannah Crofts moved into a position at IE:Music – a UK based Music Management Company. For over 3 years Hannah worked with acts such as Passenger, Ladyhawke, Gin Wigmore, Lance Ferguson and Twin Fires. She has been a Day to Day Manager, Tour Manager, Social Media co-ordinator and worked with many international industry partners. Hannah is also known for her Sydney folk band All Our Exes Live In Texas who have toured with the likes of Passenger, The Backstreet Boys and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Hannah is passionate about live music and feminism. 

Laura Murdoch – Executive Producer

Laura is MusicNSW’s Executive Producer and works across a range of regional, Western Sydney and all-ages programs and manages MusicNSW’s funding rounds. Laura is a ten-year veteran of the creative event and entertainment media industries with a strong focus on audience engagement and relationship building. Laura has managed, project managed and produced several creative and community festivals and other events of various sizes. Most recently project managing Concrete Playground’s “Best Event of 2016” for BLADERUNNER: More Human Than Human as part of the Art & About Calendar in 2016 and launching Golden Age Cinema & Bar’s Music program. Music has always been a major driving force for Laura throughout her life from stealing records from her Dads vinyl collection, to building her own. When not playing other people’s music she also writes music and performs in several bands (usually in sequins) and with her most recent release being a Vinyl-only album in 2016.

Mari Stuart – Marketing Coordinator

MusicNSW’s Marketing Coordinator Mari Stuart has been involved in various aspects of Sydney’s local music scene since graduating with a Bachelor of Sound and Music Design at UTS in 2015. Between volunteering at FBi Radio, producing all-female radio show Pink Noise and running independent Sydney label Perfect Hair Records, Mari Stuart has worked in social media and communications at digital agency Comes With Fries and Women In Music Sydney. Mari is a strong supporter of local independent music and diversity within the music industry.


Music NSW
AMIN (The Australian Music Industry Network)
Create NSW
City of Sydney
Australia Council of the Arts 

Create NSW
Australia Council of the Arts 

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