AIR Board

AIR's Board of Directors are:

 

DAVID VODICKA (RUBBER RECORDS) - Chairman
David Vodicka is a Principal of Media Arts Lawyers and has had extensive experience with over 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), is a current board member ofARIA (Australia Recording Industry Association) and the PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) and has held the positions of Vice President of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) and board member of MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival). 

 

MATTHEW ROGERS (UNIFIED) - Secretary
Matthew Rogers is the Chief Operating Officer of Unified Music Group, one of Australia's fastest growing independent companies. As an entertainment lawyer he represented some of the most well known Australian labels and artists. Mat now oversees Australia's largest online merchandise webstore, a record label group including UNFD, ONETWO, Fearless Records and Hopeless Records, the management of 16 Australian artists and an award winning boutique publishing catalogue. Mat'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) - Treasurer
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. Basil is currently the Head of Contemporary labels at ABC Music, as well as overseeing Digital Strategy and A&R manager at FOUR | FOUR and 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. 



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.

 

ASHLEY GAY (XELON ENTERTAINMENT)
Originally a professional DJ, Ashley joined the biz in the mid 90's working at key Australian dance labels Pro-DJ & Central Station Records. Specialising in A&R he worked closely with local & international artists like Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Dannii Minogue, Nick Skitz, Panjabi MC, BT & MaRLo amongst many others.

The digital revolution allowed Ashley to combine his education in IT and computer science with his skills as label manger to provide precise solutions in the emerging market for the Australian dance music scene which as founding director, he started Xelon Entertainment in late 2007. This enabled his clients to access the worlds digital music platforms in a vernacular tailored to the scene. Xelon has grown immensely and now represents over 200 labels ranging from specialist genre labels & independent artists, to the most prominent Australian and International dance music labels.

 

PHILIP MORTLOCK (ORiGiN Recordings)
Philip Mortlock has been actively involved on the AIR board since 2001,  representing his own label ORiGiN Recordings previously working for 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. 

 

TIM WHINCOP (HILLSONG)
 Tim has been involved in different aspects of the music industry for the last 18 years. He has been on the team at Hillsong now for 11 years and as a musician, lawyer and businessman, he is committed to bringing both the business of music and the creative together.   He is passionate about charitable initiatives and committed to seeing new and innovative ways for people to interact with their core audiences, and to see the independent music sector increase in its influence. Starting out as a musician in South-East QLD, he then joined the Royal Australian Navy Band before joining the team at Hillsong.
 
As a result of this varied experience, Tim brings a unique perspective to the independent music sector. Tim has served on boards of companies in a variety of industries and is currently the CEO of Hillsong Music Australia|SHOUT! Music, and In-House Counsel for Hillsong Church Ltd.
 
 
KATIE BESGROVE (BARELY DRESSED RECORDS) 
Katie is the Co-Founder and General Manager of Barely Dressed Records, a label that releases music by Gold Class, Jess Ribeiro, Oh Pep!, Jarrow and many others. Katie is also the Co-Owner of Look Out Kid; an artist management and music company that works with artists such as Courtney Barnett, Sarah Blasko and Jen Cloher.

Katie began her career in the industry as a trained solicitor, specialising in the area of music and entertainment law. Having previously worked at Media Arts Lawyers and Studio Legal, she has represented artists, managers, producers, record labels, music distributors and festival owners.

 

LORRAE MCKENNA (OUR GOLDEN FRIEND) 

Lorrae McKenna is the owner of Our Golden Friend - an Artist Management and Record Label collective based in Melbourne. She manages Jade Imagine, Jess Ribeiro, Poppongene, RVG and Totally Mild and runs a record label that includes artists 808s and Greatest Hits, RVG, Moonlover and Poppongene on its roster.
Lorrae was most recently the Promotions and Marketing Manager at Remote Control Records. Joining Remote Control Records in 2013, Lorrae was instrumental in re-invigorating the label’s Australian roster of artists, signing and developing acts such as Courtney Barnett, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Methyl Ethel, The Murlocs and many more. 

Lorrae departed Remote Control in October 2016 and has focused her time on building the label alongside her management roster. Lorrae has been an active part of the Australian music industry for the past 13 years working in a range of varying roles including working for Allans Billy Hyde Music (as Marketing and Publicity Coordinator), Crucial Music (working for Rae Harvey as her Publicity & Marketing manager) & at 774 ABC Melbourne (as the local radio PR & Marketing Coordinator).

 
ALEXANDER FRANCO (FUTURE CLASSIC) 
Alexander Franco is the AU/NZ Label Manager at Future Classic, an independent label and management company that works with artists such as Flume, Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker), Flight Facilities, Wafia, Touch Sensitive and more.
 
Before starting with Future Classic 2016, Alexander was a Marketing Manager at EMI Australia, leading campaigns for artists such as Alison Wonderland, Keith Urban, Sam Smith, Bastille and Tina Arena. Alexander also manages B Wise, a Sydney based recording artist signed to Elefant Traks.