Australian expats are achieving incredible things for the music industry from the US. To celebrate the countless Australians crushing it in America, we interviewed four industry figures about their roles, the differences between the two territories, and their hot tips for artists set to make it big overseas.

Lani Richmond

Currently: Member Relations Representative, APRA AMCOS / Day to Day Manager to Aloe Blacc

Location: Los Angeles, California

Why did you relocate?

I wanted a job in the music industry either in management or A&R, and being a huge fan of R&B and Hip-Hop back in 2006, I felt the best place to land a job in that genre of music would be in New York. So I packed up and moved from a 1500 square foot apartment in Sydney to a 150 square foot apartment in Manhattan.

What does your current role entail?

I am the Member Relations Representative in Los Angeles for our songwriters, composers and producers. My role is to connect with our members based in Los Angeles and members that are passing through for sessions or touring. I work on developing opportunities and nurturing our up-and-coming talent and established members, advising them on transitioning to the US, creating special projects and programs for our writers to benefit from.