AIR is a non profit, non government association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of Australia’s independent recording sector. AIR represents Australian owned record labels and independent artists based in Australia .
AIR’s primary purpose is to foster an increasing marketplace for Australian independent music and assist in the long-term development, growth and success of Australia’s independent recording industry.
We are a trade body that negotiates with industry and government to facilitate deals for the benefit of the industry. Through our services we help companies of all shapes and sizes with the tools and information they need to do business.
We do this through:
- Information, advice and exclusive member services
- Business development seminars
- Commercial negotiation
- Lobbying and advocacy
- Trade promotion within Australia and internationally
- Assisting access to international markets
In a global business environment where multi-national companies control an overwhelming percentage of the market, AIR believes, through collective action, the independent sector can strengthen its position and collective muscle.
AIR is a member of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), a group of international music associations who collectively advocate for fair, competitive market access for independent music.
AIR is administered by a board of directors and management team. All Board members are elected by the AIR membership and meet on a monthly basis.
AIR members are artists, labels and distributors across the full spectrum of music genres, ranging from small sole traders to some of the biggest independent operations in the country.
AIR’s Board of Directors
AIR’s board of directors for the financial year 2012 – 2013:
JADDAN COMERFORD – UNFD
Jaddan Comerford started Boomtown Records in 2004 whilst studying, and has since gone on to become one of the Australian Music Industry’s well-known personalities through his passion for music, conversation, business and the odd cheeky pint of beer.
Co-founding The Staple Group with Ben Turnbull in 2006, Jaddan has long shared a vision of creating a company that suggests a new model for the ailing music industry and executing it to perfection. The new all encompassing music services company UNFD is that company.
BASIL COOK – ABC MUSIC
Basil has worked in the Australian music industry for a number of years with roles in various record labels including marketing, A&R and digital. He has also spent time as a performer and done a lot of development work with young bands.
Basil is currently the Digital Music Manager at ABC Music (One of Australia’s largest independent record labels and part of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
ASHLEY GAY – XELON ENTERTAINMENT/THE ORCHARD
Originally a professional DJ, Ashley moved onto A&R in the 90s and 2000s where he worked with key Australian dance music labels under the “traditional” business model at Central Station and its various sub-labels. During this time Ashley signed and developed numerous hit dance singles from international artists including Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Mobin Master, BT and Robbie Rivera. He started Xelon Entertainment in 2007, to provide a digital distribution service specific to dance labels in this country.
Xelon has grown immensely in the last few years, now managing the digital distribution and sales for leading dance music labels including One Love, Sweat It Out, Bam Bam Muzik, Central Station Records, Bush Records and LNG Music to name a few. Xelon has also recently announced a partnership with The Orchard as their Australia / New Zealand office.
PHILIP MORTLOCK – ALBERTS
Philip Mortlock has been actively involved on the AIR board for 12 years, originally representing his own label represented ORiGiN Recordings before representing one of Australia’s oldest independent music companies, Alberts. He worked previously with Warner Music for many years prior to going ‘independent’. Philip is also on the board of the National Film and Sound Archive board and is a founding Patron of The Australian Music Prize.
DAVID VODICKA – RUBBER RECORDS
David Vodicka is a Principal of Media Arts Lawyers and has had extensive experience with almost 20 years practice representing musicians, artists, performers, composers, recording, production, management and publishing entities. He has dealt in all facets of law affecting the creative industries, and has had considerable hands on experience in the music recording and publishing fields as director of independent label Rubber Records and music publisher Rubber Music Publishing. He is a passionate advocate for local music and creative industries and presently is chairman of the board of AIR (the Australian Independent Record Labels Association), Vice President of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network), a current board member of MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival), ARIA (Australia Recording Industry Association) and the PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia).
ANDREW WALKER – HEAD RECORDS
Andrew Walker has worked as an artist manager for the past 21 years. His business, BuxtonWalker, with partner Michelle Buxton, provides publicity services for clients as diverse as record labels, comedians, touring artists, fringe arts events and jazz festivals.
Andrew set up Head Records/Jazzhead in 1996 with partner Joe Camilleri. The label has released over 180 roots and jazz CDs internationally and helps Australian musicians play their music worldwide. Since 2000 Andrew has operated The Garden of Unearthly Delights a multi venue fringe arts precinct which stages over 1,100 performances in music, cabaret and circus during Adelaide Fringe 2011.
Andrew has been on the board of AIR since 1999 and has been treasurer for the past 8 years. He is a founding committee member of The Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival and has run five festivals with this team. In 2009 he joined a team to establish a new peak music body for Victoria and launched Music Victoria in 2010, Andrew has been President of MV since 2010.
SCOT CRAWFORD - SHOCK ENTERTAINMENT
Scot Crawford has over 20 years experience in entertainment marketing. He holds a B.A in both Media and Cinema studies, as well as a Graduated Diploma in Business Marketing. Scot has worked across the film, music and sports sectors, holding Product Management, Strategic Marketing and Business Development position. His work has included managing product and brand assets for high profile Australian and International Entertainment and Sports organisations.
TROY BARROTT – HUB ARTIST SERVICES
Troy established himself through the channels of major label Marketing and A&R at BMG in the later half of the 90′s. After a stint in Ireland Troy established Hub Management which grew to a level requiring the support of offices in London and eventually Los Angeles. A fruitful business association with J Albert & Sons between 2008-12 saw Hub evolve from a simple management entity into Hub Artist Services – a fuller business model that includes an independent label (through Inertia), publishing, touring and other services, developing careers for the likes of Megan Washington, Dappled Cities, Winter People, Glass Towers, Jordan Leaser, Old Man River and many more.