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.

Jane Slingo

Jane has worked in the electronic music biz for over twenty years in a variety of roles. Jane is currently an artist manager, Executive Producer for the Electronic Music Conference and consultant to a handful of agencies for projects specific to electronic music.

Jana Gibson

As the Director of Writer Services at APRA AMCOS, Jana leads a team committed to delivering high levels of service to songwriter and composer members in what is a dynamic but complex environment. Having started her working life in hospitality on the NSW north coast, she developed her passion for music by spending most of her free time at live music gigs. Moving into roles in event management for several years across numerous corporate (Lexus, Toyota, HIA) and live music events (ARIA after-parties to live concerts at the Olympics), meant she was well placed to begin her role as Corporate Events Manager at APRA AMCOS in 2003. Jana oversaw the delivery of the organisation’s large scale events, from Awards nights to industry conferences, which led to her appointment as Deputy Director of Communications & Events in 2014. With 13 years of managerial experience across events, communications and member services at APRA AMCOS, Jana was promoted to her current role in 2016. Jana holds a Bachelor of Business in Tourism from Southern Cross University. She recently completed the Developing Strategy for Value Creation programme at the prestigious London Business School.

Vic McEwan

Vic McEwan is an interdisciplinary artist exploring sound, video and installation. He is a producer and director who is interested in landscape, communities, remote spaces and cross art form collaboration. Vic is the Inaugural Arts NSW Regional Arts Fellow. This involves Vic working as the 2015 Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Australia, exploring human engagment with the landscape. Vic is also undertaking a major arts/health project in the UK with Manchester University and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital working towards the use of contemporary arts in trauma reduction. Vic has devised, developed and presented a diverse program of past work involving major partnerships with multiple outcomes ranging from flood trauma recovery to interactive gallery installations.

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.

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.

Funders and Partners: