The 2016-17 Board Nominees are:
– Please vote for only 3 Board members
** Indicates current board members
Board voting closes Tuesday 27 December 2016 at 5pm EDT
(VOTING FORM BELOW)
REBECCA BELT (Current Board Member) **
Rebecca Belt has been a board member of the CMAA for two years. After 13 years as the country music journalist at The Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth, Rebecca has started her own business, The Country Journo. She has been a country music journalist for more than 20 years, publishing her first story when she was 15 in a national newspaper. Rebecca has written for Country Music Capital News and Country Update and now provides freelance writing and publicity services to the country music industry.
She has worked with clients from across the country music industry in Australia and Canada. Rebecca wants to continue her work on the board of the CMAA publicising the work of the CMAA to the country music and music industries and continue the work of the past two years as the CMAA becomes a stronger advocate for country music artists and the industry in general.
DAN BIDDLE (Current Board Appointee) **
Dan Biddle has close to 20 years’ professional experience in the music industry having spent the period from 1998 to 2013 working for major record labels BMG, Universal Music and Sony Music Australia in various sales, promotions and marketing roles. In his role as Marketing Manager at Sony Music, Dan handled marketing & project management for releases by acts such Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Midnight Oil, Hoodoo Gurus, Tommy Emmanuel and O’Shea.
In January 2014 he left Sony Music to become manager for The McClymonts and has overseen all aspects of their career since then. In September 2015, Dan commenced managing Graeme Connors and has overseen his ’60 Summers’ album project and tour.
At the 2016 Golden Guitar Awards, Dan worked as Assistant Producer handling performance programming and Artist coordination in conjunction with Producer, Peter Ross. Dan was appointed to the CMAA Board in April 2016 and is working on the 2017 Golden Guitar Awards in the same capacity.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry Studies and Music Production) from Southern Cross University. He has been a guest speaker at industry events such as BIGSOUND, the Academy of Country Music, the Songwriters Retreat and has been a judge for the ARIA Awards, Queensland Music Awards and North Coast Entertainment Industry Awards.
Dan believes that all of the various sub-genres of Country Music can respectfully work together to build a bigger industry for all whilst also generating greater recognition for our history and for where we are today.
MERYL DAVIS (Current Board Member) **
The daughter of Australian guitar legend, the late Barry Thornton, Meryl has been involved in the country music industry all of her life. A professional member of the CMAA almost since inception, Meryl has been a respected Judge (including the Golden Guitars), Talent Quest and Event Management consultant, and for over 15 years (until 2004) was heavily involved in the organisation and running of the Qld Champion of Champions. Meryl is also a partner in Bellbird Music (a record company formed to re-release the Hadley Records back catalogue) along with managing her own successful Land Survey family business for over 20 years. Meryl still finds time to be a willing and passionate volunteer for the country music industry in various ways but most importantly and proudly with the (then) Tamworth Camerata and now Academy of Country Music. Meryl was invited onto the Board of the CMAA in March 2014, and has been Secretary since then. Meryl loves every kind of country – new and old – borne from her genes, for which she is incredibly proud!
Why would I make a good board member?
Well to start with I just love country music – I love the story telling. As a little girl dad played the likes of Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and Slim Dusty every Friday night. I didn’t know back then the difference between country, pop, and rock. It was just great music and I loved it!
I am passionate about Australian Country Music and built my radio career around it. I currently have over 200,000 listeners that are tuned in on a weekly basis and I am heard on over 80 stations around Australia. At present I have a 3 month waiting list for interviews which to me shows that artists believe in me and my position in the industry.
I also have a big heart for the young, and young at heart artists, and those “up and coming” artists as they are the ones that will keep country music alive for generations to come. I applaud those who have been around for years as that takes dedication to be out there day in day out in an industry that is so unpredictable.
Bottom line – I want to have an input into the future of Australian Country Music. I look forward to contributing to the forward progress of The Golden Guitars, the cornerstone of our industry and to finding new ways of promoting Country Music across Australia as an artist and with my platform as People’s Choice Radio Presenter of 2015 and 2016 (with fingers and toes crossed for 2017)!
NORMA O’HARA MURPHY
As one of the founding Members of the CMAA I am delighted to offer my nomination at this time. I think I was born with pride and passion for everything Australian and I can only offer to help steer our ship.
During my career I have paid tribute to out own iconic Melbourne Cup, our wonderful Tamworth Festival, our Bushmen, our Campdrafters, pioneers, bush rangers, our legends and our heroes both human and equine. I believe very strongly that our music and Songwriting should reflect our unique culture as well as our traditions and our place on the world stage. My music does cover more contemporary themes but I see the story songs as my main legacy.
Having represented Australia overseas I feel I have alot to offer the CMAA Board. And with over thirty years experience in the CM Industry I feel I can make a valuable contribution at this level. I learned from Slim Dusty himself the power of a simple Bush Ballad but I am also well aware of modern trends. Our Australian Country Music must reflect that and be versatile and flexible, but always Australian.
I have earned the respect of the Australian music Industry by dedication and hard work and I would hope that I am able to add my voice and also my influence toward securing a strong and enduring future for Australian Country Music. I hope that you will consider my nomination as a Member of the CMAA Board.
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 five 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.
Please only vote for 3 Board positions
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** Indicates current Board member
Board voting closes Tuesday 27 December 2016 at 5pm EDT