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 2014 – 2015:
JADDAN COMERFORD – UNFD
Jaddan Comerford is the owner of Unified, one of Australia’s fastest growing independent companies. Unified is a music company that provides a range of services to a diverse roster of artists including management, label, publishing and merchandise. Having started his first record label at 17, Jaddan now oversees two independent Australian labels; OneTwo and UNFD and the distribution of two international independent labels; Hopeless and Equal Vision Records. Jaddan’s passion for artists, music and the independent community is stronger than ever as he works with Australian artists both locally and internationally.
BASIL COOK – ABC MUSIC
Basil has worked in the Australian music industry for many years with roles in various record labels including marketing, A&R and digital and is a passionate supporter of Australian music.
He is currently the Head of Contemporary labels at ABC Music, as well as overseeing Digital Strategy and A&R manager at FOUR | FOUR.
Basil has worked with a diverse array of bands and artists including Tim Rogers, Chris Lilley, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Lee Kernaghan, The Wiggles and many more.
ASHLEY GAY – XELON ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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.
David 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 25 years. His business, Buxton Walker, with partner Michelle Buxton, provides entertainment administrative and publicity services for clients as diverse as labels, touring artists, comedians, fringe arts events and jazz festivals.
Andrew set up Head Records in 1996 with partner Joe Camilleri. The label has released over 200 CDs and strives to help Australian musicians get their music to a worldwide audience. In 2000 Andrew established The Garden of Unearthly Delights a multi venue fringe arts precinct that staged over 1,000 music, cabaret and circus performances during its 30 day 2014 season.
Andrew has been on the board of AIR since 1999 and has been treasurer for the past 10 years. He is a founding committee member of The Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival and has run seven festivals with this team. In 2009 he joined a team to establish a new peak music body for Victoria, Music Victoria, and was its founding President, later serving as Treasurer for two years.
ED SHOLL – FUTURE CLASSIC
Ed Sholl currently manages the label department at Future Classic – an independent management agency, record label, music publisher and touring company based in Sydney.
He cut his teeth in the music industry as a blogger and independent band manager, and then worked across several departments at Universal Music Australia, from Digital Sales to Marketing and Licensing, before joining Future Classic in 2012.
Ed’s current role involves overseeing the creation, scheduling and release of FC label repertoire as well as developing the label’s digital distribution relationships and infrastructure.
Highlights of his career so far include managing the Flume album release in late 2012 – now a multi-Platinum, ARIA winning record, Chet Faker’s ARIA #1 debut for ‘Built on Glass’, working albums with Jagwar Ma and Seekae and accepting the Independent Label of the Year Award on behalf of Future Classic at 2013’s AIR Awards.
ANDREW STONE – CHUGG MUSIC
Andrew Stone is the director of Chugg Music, the Record Label and Management arm of Chugg Entertainment. The label represents Australian artists Sheppard, Deep Sea Arcade, Hey Geronimo, Lime Cordiale, The Griswolds, Tambourine Girls, and Canadian band, Down With Webster. Chugg Music is also the US label for Lime Cordiale.
Sheppard have the #1 selling Australian single for 2014, with their song Geronimo, which spent 3 weeks at #1 on the ARIA charts, the most in history for an independent Australian band. The single has achieved double platinum sales, along with their EP and first single, Let Me Down Easy, which achieved platinum sales in 2013 and multiple ARIA and APRA award nominations.
Chugg Music also runs the independent PR company, Rare Finds, which has helped to launch the careers of YesYou, Millions, Gung Ho, Cub Sport, The Trouble With Templeton, Pepa Knight, The Belligerents, and many others.
HENRY COMPTON – THE ORCHARD
Henry’s passion for good music began with mixtapes from his brothers in the mid 80’s; graduated to being immersed in the inner city music scenes of mid 90’s Sydney; from there he DJ’d, hosted radio shows, promoted nights, wrote for street press and managed music stores before making a move to working in the distribution side of the industry for Inertia and Other Tongues. There he worked hundreds of releases over 8 years as label manager and part of their A&R teams. Working with artists and labels from Elefant Traks to Big Village, Tim Rogers to Harmony, DZ Deathrays to The Laurels, Pez to 360 and so many more in between – Henry worked them all with a passion and attention to detail second to none.
Now heading up business in Australia and New Zealand for NYC based digital film and music distribution company, The Orchard, Henry continues to bring integrity to each project he advocates for. The Orchard’s local list of clients number over 200 and include ABC Music, Obese Records, Chapter Music, Jazzhead Records, Xelon, Poison City Records, Rubber Records, Social Family, Cutters to name but a few. Additionally he also manages Sydney band, Greta Mob.