To shine a light on all the incredible LGBTQI executives and creatives in our industry, TIO has teamed up with Wonder founder Matt Emsell (5SOS, Matt Corby) to launch an article series. We’ll ask industry figures and artists how their sexuality and gender identity has shaped their experiences in the Australian music business. And, of course, why marriage equality is important to them.

With the final day of the Same Sex Marriage Postal Vote happening tomorrow (November 7), the music industry has an important role in the discourse playing out in the public space.

Below is our Q&A with Sydney music media entrepreneur Nic Kelly, who manages a team of content creators at Project U, runs a collaborative label with EMI Music, Night High Records, and through his Nic Kelly Production company, is an in-demand writer, presenter and radio producer.

Why are you taking part in this campaign?

As much as I think music is one of the easiest industries to be a queer person in, we’re still systemically cast apart from our straight colleagues. Music’s always been a boys club, and I go out of my way to work closely with so many incredible women, NB folk and queer people, to make our collective experiences in the industry more positive and to stop people second-guessing whether we’re strong enough figures to maintain a presence.