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Board Elections 2017-18

The 2017-18 Board Election

  ---Please vote for only 6 board members---
Voting opens Monday 18th December 2017, and closes at 5pm on 8 January 2018. EDST
  (VOTING FORM AT BOTTOM OF PAGE BELOW)   Dear Professional Members,   Voting in the 2017-18 is now open to elect members of your CMAA Board of Directors. Please choose 6 nominees to represent you and your industry for the next three years. Below is an overview of the CMAA charter, please consider your vote based on the ability of a board member/s to meet the objectives of the CMAA.


  • Country Music Australia (CMAA) recognises and promotes excellence in Australian country music.
  • Fosters the growth of the country music in Australia to ensure a long–term, popular and viable industry.
  • Grow the demand for and popularity of Australian country music both domestically and internationally.
  • Encourage, develop and promote the interests of all professionals in the Australian country music industry.
  • Promote knowledge of, interest in, and respect for the heritage of Australian country music and the people who create it and perform it.
  • Encourage, develop and promote Australian country music to the world.
  • Grow, manage and maintain the values and standards of the annual Country Music Awards of Australia and the annual CMAA Academy of Country Music.
  • Organise the administration and curriculum of the Senior and Junior Academy of Country Music which provides training, mentorship and skills to 90 students per year.
  • Responsible for the fair and accurate judging of the Golden Guitar Awards including the preparation of the Nominations Handbook and the selection of the judging panel.
  • Work closely with Tamworth Regional Council on the Awards presentation, the Finalists Announcement event, the Red Carpet event and Platinum ticketing.
  • Board positions are voluntary. Board members give their time freely, provide expertise, leadership and bring hands-on skills to the board.
Achievements under the stewardship of the current board include:
  • In the past three years, the CMAA has advocated for the expansion and diversity of opportunity in the country music industry by: creating three new categories of Golden Guitar Awards, being the Alt Country Music Album of the Year, the Traditional Country Music Album of The Year, and Bluegrass Recording of the Year.
  • Pioneered the development of the Award Force platform for entering and the judging the Awards.
  • Represents equality of opportunity for all artists and practitioners, (signed and independent).
  • Continues to grow and promote Australian country music via Facebook with over 50,000 fans, regular communications to members and the Country Club fan club.
  • Ongoing commitment to create transparency and open dialogue with professional members and corporate partners.
Below are the nominees for election. ** Indicates current board members.  


I would like to express my interest in becoming a board member for the CMAA organisation. I have held a position of Board Member in the agriculture sector back in Saskatchewan Canada on “Saskatchewan Young Ag Entrepreneurs” and “Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum” where I served for over 3 years. I am currently the managing director and owner of Anderson Productions, which specialize in tour management, booking agency and talent buyer. We have an office at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and one in Saskatchewan Canada. I am also the festival director of the Eumundi Country Music Festival. Anderson Productions maintains a professional manner when working with Australian country musicians wanting to tour Canada. We have great relationships with venues and major festivals throughout Canada and Australia. I am confident that I have the skills and experience to hold this position. With this responsibility, I will also continue to promote our Australian talents globally.  


Dan’s music industry career started as a Telesales Representative at BMG in 1998 and over the next sixteen years he held various sales, promotions and marketing roles with Universal Music and Sony Music Australia. He moved into Artist management in January 2014 and his client roster now includes multi-award winning and top-selling Country Artists The McClymonts, Graeme Connors, Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont, Adam Eckersley Band and Fanny Lumsden. Dan has previously been a board member of the CMAA and for the third year in a row he is undertaking the role of Artist & Industry Liaison fir the production of the Golden Guitar Awards. Dan’s extensive network across all levels of the music industry will no doubt serve the CMAA and its membership well and he will continue to be an advocate of Australian Country Music across the board.  

LACHLAN BRYAN (**Current Board Member)

Lachlan Bryan has been a member of the CMAA Board for the last three years. He emerged in 2009 as front man and songwriter for alt-country band The Wildes. Over the past seven years he’s released four records (three with the band) and played countless shows across Australia and The USA.  In 2014 Lachlan and the band won Alternative Country Album of the Year at The Golden Guitars for their album Black Coffee, and were again nominated in 2016 for recent album The Mountain. Lachlan works as a film-maker, writer, producer and artist and has championed the creation of the Alt Country Golden Guitar Award and it's integrity and Independent country music performers in general. Lachlan hopes to continue his tenure on the CMAA Board providing calm logic, a wide perspective and an even handed approach.  


Following a decade with ABC Darwin as a broadcaster, Sue Camilleri has been involved in the music industry as manager of the legendary Warumpi Band (My Island Home etc.) and separately Neil Murray for his solo career, contemporary and cultural band Drum Drum who opened the 2000 Olympics Sea Change Festival. Her almost two decade career as the PA and publicist for Bluehawk Presents touring iconic international artists (Burt Bacharach, Beach Boys, Kenny Rogers, Boz Scaggs, Glen Campbell, Glenn Frey, Michael Bolton and others) and National City Musters, sadly ended at the passing of the promoter in 2015. Sue has always contributed to local events as a volunteer – Adelaide River Music Muster, Darwin Festival – decade commitment including the role of vice-chair, Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival, contemporary concerts and local artists including saxophonist and original Injector, Bernie Bremond (Johnny Diesel) and is a Villager for Love Your Sister Her first foray into the world of music was singing on television with Rolf Harris at the age of 4 and her first concert as a patron, was Slim Dusty in a small Western Australian Brownie Hall. She is an ARIA and Golden Guitar judge and has supported many Country music artists at all stages of their careers and loves her work.  


My name is Paul Costa. I am a full time singer / songwriter and a multi award winner - which includes Golden Guitar nominations and being named Australian Independent Artist of the Year. I have many top 10 radio hits with five albums to my catalogue. I've been a proud Ambassador for Mission Australia since 2011 and committed to raising awareness for their programs, helping Australians in need. As an artist who has been working within the country music scene for many years now, I feel I understand the important needs and concerns which face many country artists, musicians and industry people on a daily basis. I am extremely passionate about Australian Country Music, its artists and arts workers as well as its future and feel a responsibility to the country music family to assist the CMAA in any way I can via the skills and knowledge I can bring to the table. Having been a signed artist - now independent, I have experienced firsthand the hurdles most artists have to endure and feel I have acquired a unique set of skills and knowledge of the workings of our industry. I would like to believe I am down to earth, approachable and easy to discuss concerns with. It would be an honor and privilege to serve our country music community.  


Nardia Drayton is the head of Social Family Records. She has worked with Amber Lawrence, Jason Owen, Fanny Lumsden, Matt Scullion and many other country artists. She is passionate about artists exploring career goals through a truly independent approach. Nardia works as a Manager, Record Company, Publicist and Social Media Manager. Nardia has been working in the country music industry for the last decade.  


Tim Holland has spent over 15 years working in the Australia music industry in various roles across record labels, media, music retail and artist management. He has a passion for building careers and creating opportunities for Australian country artists and works closely with media outlets, tour promoters and the local business community to maximize these opportunities. Tim has overseen marketing and A&R activities for Golden Guitar winning, CMC Award winning and ARIA Country Album chart topping releases from the likes of Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand, McAlister Kemp, Sara Storer, Catherine Britt, Jasmine Rae, Warren H Williams, The Wolfe Brothers, and most recently O’Shea. In 2017, in his current role as Marketing Manager as Sony Music Australia, Tim has developed and executed the marketing campaigns for ARIA #1 Country Album releases from the Dixie Chicks, Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill and Brad Paisley. Following the massive growth in international country music in the last 10 years, Tim believes that with the right approach, the opportunity exists for Australian Country Music artists to benefit from this and grow their audience as well.  


Tom Inglis wears many hats in the Australian country music genre. As owner of HSF Artist Services, he is an artist manager, publicist, radio plugger and consultant working closely with record labels, independent artists and Toyota Star Maker. Tom commenced his career in 1983 with Festival Records working in areas of distribution, merchandising and sales. In 1996, Tom took on a radio and publicity role with EMI Music’s South Australian branch before moving to their Sydney office in 2000 working in promotions and publicity, digital and catalogue marketing. Tom’s projects have been varied working with many of Australia’s top country artists from Keith Urban, Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson, Slim Dusty, The McClymonts and others. His passion however is helping young emerging independent artists develop and push their talents to a wider audience.  


I’ve been a part of the Country Music Industry for about 14 years. I started off as a singer, then became a songwriter and for the last 10 years a booking agent and radio presenter. I won my first People’s Choice Award for Most Popular DJ in 2015 and have been fortunate to also win that award in 2016 and 2017. One of my radio shows, Aussie All The Way, focuses solely on our Australian (and over the ditch cousins) artists and my show on Good Morning Country reaches 80 stations across Australia. I speak to most artists at least once a year and many of them several times which gives me great insight to industry – both the good points and not so good – through the eyes of the people who are the industry. On GMC I take 40 to 50 calls per show from listeners all across Australia who have their own take on our Australian Country Music Industry – again the good and not so good. I believe I have a good relationship with pretty much everyone in the industry (artists. management, media etc.) as I know my heart is always what’s best for Country Music as a whole. I truly believe I would be a great asset to the T.E.A.M.  


Currently Director of AAA Musiclinx Awards as well as Program Director of 2RRR (Ryde Regional Radio). We play lots of Country Music. 6 hours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2-4 pm. As well as 3-11 am Saturday and 5am to midday Sunday, with our station going worldwide due to lots of streaming of events worldwide. I have been involved in country music since 1995 and have a passion for all types of country music.  

NIA MCMARTIN (Robertson)

Nia McMartin is not only an author, songwriter, radio presenter and artist, but a corporate executive with decades of high level public sector and not for profit strategic planning and governance experience. Nia has a great desire to nurture a productive and inclusive organisation that meets the needs of all its membership. She has held executive positions in local, state and federal government, large corporate and not for profit organisations. Nia is constantly creating opportunities for songwriters both to showcase their original material and for them to learn from Australia’s best teachers; conducting events, and workshops in her home town and in Tamworth during festival. She is an advocate for education – ensuring that artists have the information they they need to be successful in their careers. She is a coach and mentor. Nia is approachable but diplomatic in her work – she is a strong advocate for the association and the benefits of membership and is committed to promoting a strong and healthy country music community that is inclusive of all sub-genres.  

DOBE NEWTON ( **Current  Chair)

Dobe Newton has been a music industry professional for over 45 years and is the current Chair of the CMAA. A singer, percussionist and songwriter, he is best known as front-man for The Bushwackers (joined 1973), and the co-author of the iconic “I Am Australian” with Bruce Woodley from The Seekers. In 2012 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for “services to the performing arts as performer and advocate”. He was a founding Board and Exec member of the CMAA and chaired the steering committee responsible for establishing the College (now Academy) of Country Music. As well as his passion for country music, and 25 years in the music business education sector (TAFE & University), he has a wealth of experience as an industry administrator, having served as CEO of the WA Music Industry Association, the Victorian Rock Foundation and The Melbourne Music Festival. He was a founding director of the Brunswick Music Festival (Melbourne), and has acted as consultant to major events including Port Fairy Festival, Woodford Festival, Melbourne International Blues Festival and the Tamworth Country Music Festival. He has also been consultant to Victorian and Federal government Arts Ministers on music policy, and worked with APRA, ARIA, Australia Council for the Arts, Music Council of Australia, Music Victoria and the City of Melbourne as researcher/consultant/author. He has written a number of major music reports including the only detailed analysis of our industry - ‘Australian Country Music – An Economic Profile’. More recently, he completed two major studies - ‘Melbourne Live Music Census’ (2012) and the ‘Regional Victorian Music Census’ (2013), which have underpinned Liberal and Labor policy in that state. He is currently working with the City of Melbourne to develop a Live Music Strategy. In 2009, he visited the Americana Festival in Nashville to set up a formal relationship between the festival and Sounds Australia. The 30+ Australian artists he annually manages at this important event have included, for the last four years, the winners of the national Telstra Road To Discovery talent development program. The associations formed during Americana, played a significant role in helping to achieve the formal Sister Cities agreement between Nashville and Tamworth. Dobe is honoured to lead his industry’s peak body and looks forward to strengthening the ties with practitioners, members, supporters, fans and business stakeholders in the coming year.  


Dave Parker has been involved in the music industry for over 20 years. For the past 17 years he has worked for major labels in a variety of roles across marketing, sales, operations and business analytics. His current role with Universal Music as Senior Strategic Repertoire Manager sees him working projects for domestic and international country artists including Slim Dusty, The McClymonts, Catherine Britt, Adam Eckersley Band, Imogen Clark, Melanie Dyer, Tori Forsyth, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, and Florida Georgia Line among many others. He sits on the board of an independent label, Emu Music, contributing to their strategic initiatives. Dave is also involved in artist management, currently working with Colin Buchanan.  


I have been involved in country music, to some extent, my entire life. Undoubtedly, my area of expertise is that of the Bush Ballad and Traditional country music genre, which has been my lifetime passion. I have always worked hard to ensure that this genre is maintained and respected as part of the overall industry and I strive to see this genre grow and develop into the future. For the past ten years I have toured extensively; writing, performing, recording and promoting Australian country music. For the past six years I have co-hosted a very successful country music radio program and have been involved in organising and running a number of successful country music festivals around the country. These things combined, I believe, give me a good working knowledge of the Australian country music industry and although I would never claim to be an authority on all aspects of this industry, I do have the correct respect for all the genres, their history and a desire to assist in the promotion and the forward development of our industry. If elected, I would bring with me to the Board; dedication, sincerity, honesty and the ability to carefully and respectfully consider all points of view before reaching a conclusion on any matter. In conclusion, I have made myself well-aware of the CMAA Board’s responsibilities and of the tasks to be undertaken as a member of the Board and I am confident of being able to make a worthwhile contribution and would consider it an honour to be a member. I respectfully offer my services for your consideration.  


Justin Thomson has worked in the radio, TV and the Country Music industry for a collective 18 years. Occupying the roles of presenter, producer, program deveoper and program director over that time. Justin has injected the flavour of country music through a wide range of programs over many years. In 2014 he created a two hour country music radio program called The World Tour of Country which would be syndicated cross Western Australia and areas of South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, promoting the new wave of country, In January 2016 Justin was appointed Program/Content Director of Australia’s largest country music radio network, KIX Country. Justin has demonstrated a diverse range and knowledge of country music through his radio programming and is an advocate of radiant new talent. In the two years Justin has been program director at KIX Country; the network has, and will continue to display enormous support of all sub genres under the banner of country music.  


Natalie has worked at ABC Music for over 19 years which Country Music is the core of the label. Natalie has enjoyed working with the country community at large and attends country music festivals, awards and gigs regularly. Natalie has been involved in breaking country music artists and nurturing new talent. She has also been lucky enough to work with leading artists in the industry.  


Born to the land, Kathryn was raised on Country Music in Kempsey, NSW. Her early years centred around community-nursing, Journalism and Community Information Officer, then onto Sydney, as Marketing and Advertising Executive for Cumberland Newspaper Group. The call of the country and family saw a hometown return, accepting a position as Deputy Manager; Economic Development Trust, enabling growth and development in business/management, working with Council and Government, and formulating/managing successful fundraising initiatives. She was also an active committee member of the local Tourism Association, at one stage serving as President. In 2001, Kathryn began working for Slim Dusty and Joy McKean, tackling the huge task of taking a dream to reality – a completed Museum dedicated to Slim Dusty Foundation and fifteen years building tem sans dreams, the heart and soul of Kathryn was locked into the creation of the Slim Dusty Centre. Her passion and energy for the project was un-relentless, undertaking relationship building, liaising with companies, professionals, politicians and benefactors, developing major fundraising programs; assisting in garnering funds to build this multimillion dollar facility. Once completed, Kathryn resigned to care for family, enjoying a much-needed break. Now keen to work within the industry with CMAA, which she fondly remembers as great supporters if the Foundation’s initial work. Her passion and energy, partnership/sponsorship experience, communication and the ability to grow rapport across boundaries, is something that she wishes to apply to the CMAA, in an effort to further enhance this wonderful organisation.  
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