Briese spent almost ten years as an artist manager, six of those as a member of the AAM board. She's worked with artists such as The Drones, PVT, Cub Sport, Elizabeth Rose, Paul Kelly, Kate Miller-Heidke, Bec Sandridge and more. She's a strategic music business leader, who also has experience as a promoter and radio presenter and was voted in the “Top 30 under 30” music industry professionals in Australia (The Music Network).
Briese left full time artist management in 2017 to pursue new challenges and is now Director of Synchronisation, Australia and New Zealand at Kobalt - an independent music services, publishing and technology company built for artists and writers as an alternative to the traditional music business model.
Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup
Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up
Buzz began honing his management skills early. At 12 he organised and promoted his first band at local church hall dances in Adelaide. All through his teens he was involved in the management of the bands he played in and in his late 20’s after 6 years in The Angels under the management of fellow AAM Patron John Woodruff, Buzz began a serious career in music management. He was a founding member of GANGgajang and is still involved in its management 33 years later.
Other management highlights include Dr.Jimmy Little, Nathan Cavaleri and Diana Ahnaid all of whom achieved gold record status under his guidance. Buzz is a generous mentor to many young managers and served on the AAM board and as Vice Chair for many years. As CEO of Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! www.thumbsup.org.au he continues to share his knowledge and experience with young indigenous musicians and managers across Australia.
The Fidelity Corporation
Heath Bradby is a band manager with 18 years experience in the industry, and an ex member of the board of the Association of Artist Managers. Heath’s time these days is split between his role as MD of management company The Fidelity Corporation and his other hat which is Head of A&R for Warner Music Australia.
Fidelity represents the cream of Australia’s cutting edge music, artists who have gold, platinum and number 1 records to their name, as well as a fierce commitment to both touring and a long term career. Warner Music Australia are a music company that should need no introduction!
Denny Burgess Management
Denny Burgess has been working in the music industry since scoring a nation-wide hit in 1966, as lead singer and bass player, with The Throb’s first release through Alberts, ‘The Fortune Teller’. He went on to tour with The Throb and The Whispers around Australia, before heading to the UK and playing with The Masters Apprentices for 3 years. After the group disbanded, Denny spent another 9 years based in London, performing with bands such as the George Hatcher Band and Ginger, on the European circuit.
Returning to Australia in 1982, he set up independent label Regal Records, and worked with his drummer brother Colin Burgess in original band His Majesty, after which he toured Good Time Charlie throughout South-East Asia. In 2002 Denny and his wife Clare founded Burgess Ventures, which incorporates A Red Letter Day (Event Management) and Denny Burgess Management, amongst other things, and focuses on supporting original bands. Global Battle Of The Bands and UBERfest are two of their flagship events.
Denny’s diverse experience in all facets of management and governance has lead to his current positions as Chairman of the Australian Songwriters Association, Director of Wests Ashfield Leagues Club and Director of Wests Tigers Rugby League Club. He was also until recently on the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Denny served on the Board of Music Manager’s Forum, and was one of the founding Directors of the Association of Artist Managers(AAM). Along with Michael McMartin and Kim Thomas, he was highly involved with formulating the Constitution of the AAM, also doing a stint as Honorary Treasurer. He is proud to be a Patron of the AAM, which he believes is an Association that can greatly benefit emerging Artists and their Managers.
One Louder Entertainment
Bill is the managing director and founder of One Louder Entertainment, the management home to Paul Kelly, Sarah Blasko, Ball Park Music and Kate Miller-Heidke. He has been involved in the music business since leaving school, and did a long stretch working with Grant Thomas Management, working with acts such as Crowded House and The Rockmelons.
A five year stint in London followed, where he worked with the legendary Pete Jenner (manager of Pink Floyd, The Clash, Billy Bragg etc), before going on to co-manage New Zealand act OMC (How Bizarre) who went on to a number one single and gold album in the USA . He returned to Australia in 1999, and established One Louder, which has since had gold or platinum plus success with all of their current artists, as well as with Alex Lloyd, George, End Of Fashion and Amiel. He is also a Director of the PPCA, an APRA ambassador, and the founding Chairman of the AAM.
Gregg Donovan started his career in the early 90's as a manager and local promoter in Canberra.
In mid 90’s he moved to Sydney to work as an office manager for promoter Steve Pavlovic (Pav Presents). He soon became a tour manager / promoter rep working with the likes of Fugazi, The Beastie Boys, NOFX and Ben Harper. After that he went out on his own as a freelance tour manager and worked with Pearl Jam, Ricky Martin, Shania Twain, At The Drive In, The Mars Volta, Deftones, Lily Allen, The Happy Mondays and Muse to name a few. Gregg won two ALMAS (Australian Live Music Awards) for his work as a Tour Manager.
He has also been active in the Australian Music community by being involved in many panels and conferences. He spent two years on the board of Music NSW and three years on the Australian board of the IMMF (international Music managers Forum). He is also a founding member of the AAM (Australian Association of Managers) where he spent three years on the board.
Since 2001 Gregg has had his own artist management company called Step2 Artist Management. In 2007 Gregg Donovan and Stuart MacQueen decided to partner up and start a new company called Wonderlick Entertainment.
Wonderlick has a JV with Sony ATV Publishing & also has a label JV with Sony Music (Amy Shark & Holy Holy to name a couple). They currently manage careers of Boy & Bear, Airbourne, Grinspoon, Josh Pyke, Pete Murray, Montaigne, The Outdoor Type, Phil Jamieson, William Bloom and The Paper Kites.
catherine Haridy management
Catherine Haridy has been managing musical Artists and Producers, Mixers, Writers, Engineers and even a Music Philosopher for the last 12 years. Coming from a record label background, Cath cut her teeth at both Warner Music and Festival Mushroom Records in A&R before crossing the floor to Management in 2006. Her stable includes a roster of talented and enduring Artists including Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Adalita, Bob Evans and ABC TV family artist dirtgirl along with some of the brightest in Music Production and Writing: Anna Laverty, Tony Buchen Steven Schram, Joel Quartermain, JP Fung, Jimi Maroudas as well as Mick Glossop (ANZ only) and Ian Caple (ANZ only). The management company has expanded into managing non-musical artists forging a wonderful partnership with Berlin-based Australian, Craig Schuftan, who has had three works published, won an ARIA for his work with The Chaser and broadcast the successful “Culture Club” on national youth network Triple J.
Catherine is a current board member of Support Act Limited (SAL): a charity supporting musicians and music professionals who experience crisis or hardship. She was Chairperson of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) for 4 consecutive years, and remains a current board member, is an APRA Ambassador, an AMP Award Patron and formerly involved for 7 years with the board and several sub-committees of the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF). Cath continues to be involved in various advocacy issues that effect artists and their managers, and is a proud Patron of the AAM!
Michael was a founding member of the Music Managers’ Forum in Australia and was made an Honorary Lifetime member of the MMF (Australia). He served as Chairman and then Executive Director of the International Music Managers’ Forum (IMMF). In 2007 he helped found the AAM, the Association of Artist Managers (Australia) and in 2008 was elected to its first board of Directors.
He is a board member of Support Act, a music industry benevolent organisation, sat on the Create Australia panel on their program for the educational standards relating to the music industry and is a member of the mediation association LEADR. At the 2007 APRA Awards Michael was presented with the prestigious Ted Albert Award for his lifetime contribution to Australian Music and in 2009 was elected to the ARIA Hall of Fame as part of the induction of the Hoodoo Gurus.
John Watson Management // Eleven: a music company
John Watson is the President of John Watson Management and the associated label, Eleven: a music company. Over the last 20+ years every artist on the JWM and Eleven rosters has enjoyed either gold or multi-platinum success and the companies have helped four separate Australian artists achieve gold certifications in the U.S.
JWM’s current management clients are Silverchair, Daniel Johns, Paul Mac, Missy Higgins, Birds Of Tokyo and Dustin Tebbutt plus he co-manages Cold Chisel and Gotye. John also co-managed Pete Murray from 2005 to 2012 and also managed Wolfmother on their debut album cycle.
Keith Welsh was a founding member of Australian International success story ICEHOUSE, after which he managed bands, staged events and ran an indie recording label until the mid 1990's.
From 1996 until 2010 Keith was GM and Co-Publisher of The Music Network plus it's Canadian sibling, Canadian Music Network and was also a partner in Rough Cut Music Publishing.
He has a Masters degree in Dispute Resolution from the Law School of UTS and is a fully qualified, certified and practicing Mediator and Facilitator.
Currently, Keith is managing the musical interests of his long time friend Iva Davis/ICEHOUSE and those of Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls).
He is also the Deputy Chair of MusicNSW, former Chairperson of AMPAL (Australian Music Publishers Association Limited), has served on the board of AMCOS (Australasian Music Copyright Owners Society), and is a Patron of the AAM (Association of Artist Managers).
JWM Productions // Rough Cut Music
John Woodruff has been involved in the music business for 40 years, almost all of the time in capacity of a manager working with The Angels and histmost noted success has been with Savage Garden. Across all the acts he has managed he has recieved more than 100 gold or platinum awards for albums and single sales, more than 28 million records worldwide.
John started the now legendary Dirty Pool Organisation, with Rod Willis and Ray Hear with the aim of radically reforming the face of the Australian music business and through the organisation formed management relationships with Cold Chisel, Ice House, Johnny Diesel, and The Baby Animals to name a few.
John was the founder and publisher of The Music Network; he then successfully launched the brand into the overseas market with The Canadian Music Network. John has been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and awarded the Order of Australia Medal.