Emily Collins is the new chair of the Australian Music Industry Network.
Collins, who serves as MusicNSW’s managing director, takes the reins at AMIN following its 2019 annual general meeting, held April 30 in Melbourne, while WAM’s CEO Mike Harris steps up to deputy chair. The terms for both roles are for one year.
Also coming on board are new members Angela Samut, representing QMusic, and Daniel Ballantyne representing MusicACT, while Music SA’s Lisa Bishop continues as secretary.
“I’m thrilled to take on the role of chair for AMIN as it’s one of the few truly national music organisations with representation in all states and territories,” Emily Collins explained in a statement.
“It has a grassroots, ground-up approach to music development and I’m committed to working with my state colleagues to improve the health and sustainability of the music ecosystem through keeping artists at the heart of everything we do”.
At AMIN, is the coalition of Australia’s eight state-based music industry development associations, Collins succeeds Joel Edmondson, the former QMusic CEO who is now executive director at the Queensland Music Festival.
During his two-year stint leading the peak body, Edmondson and AMIN joined forces with Monash University’s Behaviourworks team to deliver initiatives to change workplace social and commercial conditions in the industry.
Among the organisation’s priorities for the year ahead will be a National Musician’s Live Remuneration Survey, which will focus on the economics of live music from an artist’s perspective.
The survey will launch next month and will “provide valuable insight” for the industry on “how to support artists through an ever-evolving market,” according to a memo from AMIN, whose combined membership includes more than 7,500 artists, venues, managers, promoters, labels, and other music businesses.