Australian music industry legend Ian James will transition away from the leadership of Mushroom Music Publishing (MMP) in early 2019, a company he has guided for 32 years and shaped into the most successful independent publisher in these parts.

From Jan. 1, James will shift into a senior consultant position, with Mushroom Music Publishing Head of A&R Linda Bosidis succeeding him as Managing Director.

From that point, James will continue providing strategic advice to MMP and serve as Mushroom’s representative on the boards of APRA, AMCOS, the International Confederation of Music Publishers and the Independent Music Publishers Forum.

Speaking with TIO, James says he’s excited about the journey ahead and pays tribute to the staff behind Michael Gudinski’s independent music powerhouse, the Mushroom Group. “Mushroom is a very unique place. Whatever started in 1973 hasn’t gone away and it’s very much here in Linda and the other people that work with me, and Michael. That’s something we want to keep rolling on with. That’s the rock ‘n’ roll spirit, and the great energy of Mushroom hasn’t diminished over the years. Part of my role is to make sure that keeps going.”

Ian James and Linda Bosidis
Ian James and Linda Bosidis

In a statement, Michael Gudinski commented: “Ian has made such an incredible contribution to not only Mushroom Music but the music industry as a whole. Together we have put Mushroom Music on the world map. He is one of the true characters of the industry and we look forward to drawing upon his great knowledge, experience and contacts in the years to come.”