He's been called the rock guru, the music mogul, the mushroom man, and is widely recognised as one of the most important figures in the history of the Australian music industry. Irrefutably he is a man of many faces and his many business interests reflect the multiple facets of both his personality and his talents.
Michael Gudinski founded Mushroom Group in 1973 with the inception of Mushroom Records and Mushroom Music Publishing. Mushroom Group is now Australia’s largest independent music entertainment group with a collective of nearly two dozen specialist brands incorporating international and domestic touring, record labels, music publishing, booking agencies, merchandising, creative and marketing services, venues, exhibition and events production, film and television production.
Michael Gudinski continues to work with enormous enthusiasm across all facets of his companies, and is frequently seen trekking from pub gig to entertainment centre, in Australia and abroad, looking for the next big thing to promote - be it through his record labels, touring companies, agencies or publishing arm.
Stephen Wade has been involved in the music industry his whole life. As the owner/founder of Select Music he oversees the #1 independent agency in Australia. And in his role as agent he has fostered the careers of RÜFÜS DÜ SOL, Boy & Bear, Amy Shark, Passenger, Josh Pyke, San Cisco, Baker Boy, Client Liaison, Emma Louise, Holy Holy, The Paper Kites & Seth Sentry to name just a few. Stephen is also a partner in SBM Presents handling international tours like Fall Out Boy, Bill Murray, Panic At The Disco, Ice Cube.
"It is wonderful knowing that an organisation like the AAM exists. Managers are the single most important of an artist’s career, and anything that provides pathways, mentoring and support for young managers starting out is something the whole music industry should be supporting."
An engineer, entrepreneur and frustrated DJ, Mark Brownlee has built his business over 29 years to be Australia’s largest employer in the music technology industry and the leading music subscription service for business.
Mark’s enduring passion for giving people the music they love in public places spurred the company’s award-winning innovation crowdDJ®, which allows people to play their favourite songs in thousands of venues around Australia such as restaurants, bars and gyms.
The most recent initiative, Australian Played Australian Paid was devised to make it easier to find and hear your favourite music as well as support home grown talent with the concept that the more Australian artists that are played in Australian venues, the more money can be returned to their pockets.
Nightlife’s music delivery platform is putting music in places never thought possible and is in over 4,000 Australian businesses across hospitality, fitness, accommodation, leisure and retail. The company is now scaling globally and into sectors such as education and health.
“We recognise the vital role the AAM plays in supporting and developing our Australian artist managers, who are often the unsung heroes in the music industry.
They play a vital role in nurturing not only the artists’ creativity but ensuring a financially sustainable career, including from our area of public performance.”