Ian James OAM
Non-executive Director since 1988 and Chair of the Board

Ian was Managing Director of Mushroom Music Pty Limited from 1986 to 2018 and now acts as Senior Consultant. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) and a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).

Ian has a Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Psychology) from the University of New South Wales and was employed by the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) from 1976 to 1986 in several management positions. He was appointed as the Adjunct Professor at the Victoria University College of Business in 2014, the Board of the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) in 2016 and the Board of the Independent Music Publishers Forum (IMPF) in 2018.

Philip Burn 

Non-executive Director since 2014

Philip is Chairman and CEO of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd. He founded the Australian arm of Hal Leonard in 1995 and, from small beginnings, the business has developed into the major publisher and distributor of sheet music in Australia, in both physical and digital products. Over the years, the company has diversified into the licensing of grand rights and the importation and distribution of hi-tech products for the music creator and performer. Prior to establishing Hal Leonard’s operations in Australia, he spent 19 years in the music products industry as a senior executive with Rose Music and Yamaha Music Australia. Philip is also a director of All Music Publishing and Distribution Pty Ltd and the Australasian Music Publishers Association Ltd.

Matthew Capper 
Non-executive Director since 2005 and Deputy Chair of the Board

Matthew is the Managing Director of Warner Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd – one of the world’s leading music publishing companies. They represent writers from Cole Porter and the Gershwins, through Led Zeppelin and Madonna, to Morgan Evans, Kendrick Lamar, and Lizzo. Locally, the company represents the rights of Little River Band, Australian Crawl, and Real Life, amongst others.  

Matthew commenced his career at Festival Music Publishing in 1999, and was appointed Administration Manager after only two years at the company. He joined Warner Chappell in 2003, and was made head of the company in 2004. He is a Director of the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) and is a Director and the Chair of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).

Jaime Gough 
Non-executive Director since 2015

Jaime is Managing Director of independent music publisher Native Tongue Music Publishing, overseeing offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. He is also a Director of the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) and the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL).

Jaime has a double Bachelor of Business degree (Marketing & Management - Monash University), and worked in artist management at Mayday Management and music licensing at Mana Music before joining Native Tongue in 2005.

Jaime has served on the board for non-profit youth music organization The Push, and is a co-owner of independent record label, Best & Fairest.

Peter Hebbes AM 
Non-executive Director since 2002

Managing Director and owner of the independent music publishing and business consulting company Hebbes Music Group Pty. Ltd., and a director of CAS Music Australia. He is also a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL), Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS), and a past Director and Deputy Chairman of the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA). He has served on the board of the Music Industry Advisory Council (MIAC), the Australian Music Centre (AMC), the Australasian Music Performance Committee (AMPCOM) and the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA). In addition, Peter is a past Chairman and a current director of Variety “the children’s charity” NSW, the co-founder and Trustee of The Golden Stave Foundation and a past board member of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia. In 2006 Peter was appointed as a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to the Australasian Music Industry and his extensive charity work.

Clive Hodson 
Non-executive Director since 2016

Clive Hodson is Perth (WA) based Managing Director of full-service Music Publishing, Licensing /Music Supervision & Digital Content Management companies Perfect Pitch Publishing and Perfect Pitch Digital. Clive has previously held senior executive positions with PolyGram/Universal, Head of Music at the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and General Manager of Shock Music Publishing. He is currently a Non-executive director of AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society), Non-executive director and Deputy Chair of AMPAL (Australian Music Publishers Association Limited) and None-executive director of WAM (West Australian Music). Clive has previously served as a Non-executive director of PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) and AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association). Clive holds a Certificate of Education - UNSW and was formally senior lecturer and tutor (Music Publishing) at AIM (Australian Institute of Music). Currently a guest lecturer at WA TAFE and WAAPA.  Clive is a regular facilitator, panelist, and mentor at WAMcon. Through Perfect Pitch, Clive is a major sponsor of the WAM Song of the Year competition. Clive is a registered Justice of the Peace in NSW and WA and a Peer Assessor with the Australia Council He is also an active writer, multi-instrumentalist (Studio/Live) and music teacher (Saxophone/Trumpet).

Andrew Jenkins
Non-executive Director since 2019

Andrew is President, Australia and Asia Pacific Region, for Universal Music Publishing Group. He is responsible for UMPG’s activities in Australasia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as for global society and industry matters.

Andrew joined Polygram in the UK in 1981, rising to General Manager and Senior Director at Polydor Records. In 1993, Andrew moved to BMG Music Publishing and served as President of International. He has been responsible for the Australian offices of both BMG Music Publishing and subsequently Universal Music Publishing from 1993 until today and is married to an Australian singer-songwriter. He was the architect for both Universal Music Publishing’s pan-European licensing deal with SACEM and pan-Asian licensing deal with APRA.

Andrew has worked with artists such the Bee Gees, Tom Waits, The Cure, Van Morrison, Freddie Mercury, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alanis Morrissette, Pete Townshend and Iron Maiden to name a few.

He is a current board member of APRA, AMPAL and former Chairman of ICMP and also a founder board member of IMPA.

After a life spent in the music business, Andrew is passionate about the rights of songwriters and those who invest in their talent.

Heath Johns
Non-executive Director since 2020

Since launching BMG Australia in March 2016 as the company's inaugural Managing Director, Heath Johns has signed LDRU, The Living End, the iconic Wolfmother back-catalogue, Wave Racer and Peking Duk (ex-ANZ). Heath led the Australian operation through the acquisition of iconic Australian music company Alberts and holds MBA and Master of Marketing degrees from the University of Newcastle, Johns was previously Director of A&R at UMPG for over 13 years. He is also a current board member of AMPAL.

Steve McPherson 
Non-executive Director since 2013

Steve is the CEO of Hillsong Music Publishing and SHOUT! Music Publishing with offices in Australia, the UK and USA. He has a background as a performer, producer and songwriter and has been an APRA writer member for 25 years. Steve is honoured to work with world-renowned songwriters and producers achieving Grammy awards, ASCAP and BMI awards in the USA and many other achievements across the globe. Steve has over 20 years’ experience in music publishing and copyright administration and in 2018, Steve completed his MBA through the Australian Institute of Business.

Steve is a Director of Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL), serves on the Board of Advisors to Christian Copyright Licensing International and on the Executive of the Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA) in the United States.

Simon Moor 
Non-executive Director since 2013

Simon Moor is the Managing Director of Kobalt Music Group for Australia and New Zealand, General Manager, Kobalt Music Group Asia. As Managing Director, Simon is responsible for Kobalt’s publishing, recorded music services, and neighbouring rights businesses. In 2016 Simon took on the role of General Manager for Kobalt in Asia, establishing an office in Hong Kong and overseeing development of Kobalt Publishing and other new business in the Asia Region. Simon is currently a non-executive director of the Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited.

Previous to Kobalt, Simon started his music career at Mushroom Music as an A&R scout after completing a Bachelor Degree in Economics. Following this Simon worked for Sony Music from 1998 to 2003, both as Product Manager and then A&R Manager. Simon then accepted the role as Head of A&R for EMI Records where he was from 2003 to 2010, before being appointed Head of A&R for Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Damian Trotter 
Non-executive Director since 1995

Damian is the Managing Director of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and a former Chairman of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS). Damian is also a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL) and the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA).

After joining CBS Records in 1981, he held various positions including Local Artist A&R/Marketing Manager and National Promotions Manager. After a brief stint at Warner Music in 1990 as General Manager of East West Records, he returned to Sony to head up the re-started publishing company in 1992.

Following the merger of Sony/ATV Music Publishing with EMI Music Publishing in 2012, Damian was appointed Managing Director of both companies.

Philip Walker 
Non-executive Director since 2000

Philip is founder of Origin Music Group, has a Bachelor of Business degree UTS, a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member of the Australian Institute of Management. In practice as a Chartered Accountant, Auditor and Tax Agent from 1980 – 1998 and is also a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL) and the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA). Not for profit work includes Chair of the Antony Kidman Foundation, a charity doing research and treatment in youth mental health; and Vice Chair of the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts supporting young people in the arts.

Over 40 years in the entertainment business: agent, artist manager, international concert promotor (Frank Sinatra, The Supremes, B.B. King), professional advisor and over 30 years as a music publisher. Has worked with acts from Billy Thorpe and Ross Wilson through to Lior, Megan Washington and Gotye; most genres from Pop (Basics and Cooking on Three Burners) country (Smoky Dawson) Jazz (James Morrison), film & Television and theatrical rights, Pricilla, Shout!, Strictly Ballroom, Rogers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber….and much more.

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