Our Board of Directors
From an initial career in music performance, John has had roles in financial, project and logistical management for a variety of government, non-profit and private entities.
He has been Operations Manager of Sydney Symphony, responsible for the Orchestra’s logistical and production management, as well as their local and international touring program.
John then became General Manager of Sydney’s State Theatre, and then General Manager of the Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific).
In November 2011, John became Executive Producer – Venue Utilisation at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, responsible for maximising commercial opportunities and the utilisation of the four theatre venues.
John then moved back to his hometown of Adelaide from 2014 to 2017 in the role of Executive Producer – Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Commercial Ventures, with oversight of Adelaide Cabaret Festival and leveraging relationships with agents and commercial producers nationally and internationally.
In late 2017 John retuned to Queensland Performing Arts Centre in the role of Director – Programming, overseeing the Centre’s annual program working with a team of producers and the venue hire team to maximise utilisation and present a rich and balanced program in the Centre’s theatres.
In 2021 John returned to Adelaide as Chief Operating Officer of GWB Entertainment, who tour major theatre and musical works in Australia/New Zealand and internationally, as well as operating rehearsal and dance studios in Adelaide and Sydney, The Stage Shop Adelaide and management of The Queens Theatre.
John also serves on the Board of the South Australian Circus School (Cirkidz) and the Darwin Entertainment Centre.
Tim Haslam is an experienced Chartered Accountant, working with highly regarded South Australian business services firm Perks. His main focus is providing strategic advice and solutions on accounting, tax and financial management issues to private businesses and individuals.
Combined with a diverse range of skills drawn from a career in finance spanning Adelaide, London and Sydney, Tim also has extensive knowledge and experience in the Australian music industry. Several years with the Secret Sounds Group (incorporating Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival) were invaluable in gaining a rich understanding of the music business. As a musician also, Tim has tickled the ivory for decades as a solo performer, accompanist and with numerous bands across the country.
For over 25 years, Craig’s passion has been using technology to connect people and music – through innovative, intimate and interactive experiences. Currently, as Founder of Looplabs, he is focused on developing new interactive music products and experiences that break down barriers to making music – while connecting the world. Craig has received special recognition at SxSW for development of the web’s first drag’n’drop interface and has won the prestigious Webby Award. Craig believes in prototyping the future – that making is breaking – and that if it’s not fun, exciting or affecting lives it’s not worth doing.
Stu MacQueenis co-CEO and co-founder of the Wonderlick Entertainment Group and also acts as the group’s President of A&R.
Stu MacQueen has formerly held positions including General Manager of Krell Records and Director of A&R at Shock Records, which was at the time Australia’s biggest independent label and the Australian home to international labels such as XL, Beggars Banquet, 4AD, Telstar and Epitaph. Stu began working in the music industry in the early 1990’s in Adelaide as a studio engineer-producer, live audio engineer, music journalist and artist manager.
The Wonderlick Entertainment Group is a leading Australian music company, with its head office located in Sydney. Wonderlick was established in 2007 by Stu MacQueen & Gregg Donovan. The group includes a joint venture record label with Sony Music (Wonderlick Recording Company), a publishing arm (Wonderlick Publishing Company) and an artist management company (Wonderlick Management Company).
The Wonderlick Group has a roster that includes many of Australia’s leading artists. Stu has both co-managed the Wonderlick roster with Gregg, and also served as the CEO of the recording and publishing divisions of the company, along with being the company’s President of A&R. The Wonderlick roster has collectively sold millions of albums worldwide, won 18 ARIA Awards (from over 50 nominations), had multiple #1, top 5 and multi-platinum awards in Australia, and enjoyed several international Top 10 chart successes. Throughout his career, Stu has signed and acted as A&R on several #1 albums, more than twenty Top 10 charting albums (Australian and international charts), multiple top 5 singles, and a host of other top 20 records. Stu has over the past few years enjoyed a very successful partnership with Amy Shark, having signed her to Wonderlick in 2016 and then serving as A&R for her two consecutive number 1 ARIA albums, released during her record breaking run of success.
Stu has formerly served as a Board Member of AIR (Association Independent Record Labels) and is currently on the board of Music SA and is a Director of the Robert Stigwood Fellowship program, a mentoring program for music entrepreneurs and artists. Stu has made the top 30 of the AMID Power 50 List of the most powerful people in the Australian music industry three years running, and was the only person nominated for both Manager of The Year and A&R Person of The Year in the inaugural national Industry Observer Awards.
Deb Edwards has notched up a career of 35 years working in the Australian music industry having started out in the mid 80’s volunteering at Adelaide’s No. 1 FM radio station SAFM, then moving into senior State Promotion Manager roles for major record companies EMI Music, Virgin Records and Sony Music across a 10-year period. 7 years in Melbourne saw Deb working as PA and Tour Coordinator to legendary concert and theatrical promoter Garry Van Egmond and as a publicist for one of Melbourne’s leading PR companies, Kerry O’Brien Publicity.
Upon returning to Adelaide, in 2003 Deb joined the Adelaide Entertainment Centre as Corporate Hospitality Supervisor, then in 2008 launched Deb Edwards Publicity to provide a complete promotional and marketing service in South Australia, which quickly expanded to undertaking album release and tour projects nationally for a long list of high profile Australian musicians.
Deb Edwards Publicity specialises in national PR for the Australian country music industry and has two of its most popular artists as her long-time clients of 10 years – Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey.
The Superloop Adelaide 500 concert series (formerly Clipsal 500) have engaged Deb as its Concert PR manager since 2012.
A proud Yankunytjatjara woman, Deb also represents other First Nations artists which includes dance troupe Djuki Mala from North East Arnhem Land and she has recently been appointed PR and Marketing consultant to Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, after having managed PR for their inaugural First Nations Fringe Hub during the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Angus Crawford is qualified lawyer and a muso at heart. Honing a unique combination of skills, he works for global law firm Dentons practising mainly in the areas of banking & finance and commercial law.
He is also a successful musician, playing in one of Adelaide’s most cheery, colour-clad bands. His passion for music has led to opportunities to play shows to crowds of thousands and have his music heard online by millions – all originating from humble Adelaide, South Australia. He lives and breathes the SA music scene.
Angus’ experience as an artist and a professional affords a holistic understanding of music business. He has seen first-hand the impact that support from non-for-profit arts organisations can have on the careers of emerging and established musicians alike.
Craig Lock began working in the music industry in 2010 when he left his copra marketing job and founded Five Four Entertainment with business partner Ross Osmon. Starting life as a weekly promoter of local bands in small venues Five Four Entertainment has since grown into into one of SA largest concert and festival promoters in South Australia. They run various large scale music festivals in SA including Spin Off Festival and St Jeromes Laneway Festival. In 2019 they also opened Lion Arts Factory a purpose built 500 capacity music venue located on North Terrace. The venue has hosted a huge number of local, national and international talent and has won various awards locally and nationally as one of the countries premier medium sized venues.
In 2018, Craig also founded Plus One Co, a promoter of bespoke themed club nights. The company runs 600+ events per year in venues across Australia, NZ and Japan. Craig also has extensive experience in artist management having previously managed nationally and International successful artists Tkay Maidza, City Calm Down and Japanese Wallpaper. Craig is passionate about the South Australian music industry and is a strong advocate for its economic and cultural value to the state.
Sharni Honor is a wildly passionate woman of the music and arts industries in South Australia. She is the creator of award winning travelling backyard festival series, The Porch Sessions, co-director of regional festival Porchland, and co-director of creative space and live music venue Summertown Studio. This is in addition to the recent creation of record store and label, Porch Records which is thriving beneath the roof of Summertown Studio.
Her own back catalogue of industry work extends across WOMADelaide & Adelaide Festival and a plethora of national festivals, including Panama Festival in Tasmania. In 2019, Sharni was named one of the InDaily 40 under 40 people in business and entrepreneurship and at just 29 years of age, she has now worked in music for over a decade. Sharni lives and breathes music and strives to create space for the incredible people that make it and is thrilled to be a member of the Music SA Board.
Chief Executive Officer
Christine Schloithe is a highly accomplished multi-industry professional with local, national, and international experience working across the performing arts, music, festivals, major events, and cultural heritage.
Christine has worked extensively across the performing arts, music, festivals, major events, and cultural heritage with post-graduate qualifications in Cultural Tourism. She is skilled in facilitating creative outcomes, supporting artists and makers, and developing vital stakeholder and partner relationships. She has previously worked at the historic Carrick Hill, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Guitar Festival, Botanic Gardens and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Commencing her role as CEO at Music SA, Christine is looking forward to working alongside Music SA’s Chair, John Glenn, the Board, and staff to set a new strategic plan and road map for the next few years that will build, activate, and strengthen South Australia’s contemporary music sector.
Business Manager | Interim Co-General Manager
Jacqui Nikolic is an accomplished office coordinator with over 10 years of experience in the RTO, retail and construction industry. She is highly proficient in business administration/finance and holds various qualifications in management, SFX makeup and film. Jacqui has a keen interest in the music scene and has been involved with events across SA and Victoria.
Contact for Systems Administration, Invoicing, Finances.
Ph 08 7320 3301
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Umbrella Festival Coordinator | Interim Co-General Manager
After spending the past 20 odd years performing and touring in numerous bands Stevie Pitkin is now utilising his experience to support emerging independent artists through a range of live music bookings. Steve curates a range of local festivals including Scumfest and Root Down and is the current Programmer for the Umbrella Festival. After undergoing the Stigwood Fellowship and the mentorship of Stu Macqueen in 2015 he has grown into a creatively motivated Festival Designer and Curator with a huge passion for Live Music in South Australia.
Ph 08 7320 3304
Monday – Thursday
Lauren Koopowitz is our Umbrella Festival Marketing Coordinator. After having studied a Bachelor of Media and a Bachelor of Arts (maj. French) at the University of Adelaide, she has had roles mostly in marketing and events management, including her own company Quirks Media Productions. In addition, she is a professional actor (most noted roles, “Ash” from the Ash Vlogs/IKWSI ARG – 2018, “Carrie” from “Carrie’s Doing Great” – 2020, and “Isabelle” from “Rabbit” – 2016) and singer-songwriter with Diamond Skies.
Contact for marketing, advertising and sponsorship enquiries for Umbrella Festival.
ph 08 7320 3314
Mon, Tues, Thurs
Music Business Courses – Music Business, Songwriting, Performance
Dale Taylor is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, mix and mastering engineer from Adelaide. Dale has performed on a local, national and international level over the past 18 years. He has worked with local and international artists in many genres from Techno, Rock, Hip-hop, Electronica to World Music. Currently, Dale is the Guitarist of the Adelaide band “The Cities Alight”.
Ph 08 7320 3301
Monday, Thursday, Friday
Adi Schmidt Mumm
Umbrella Festival Coordinator – Curated Program
Adrian is a guitarist, composer, sound engineer and producer with a diverse cultural and musical background, creating work which cross culture and genre boundaries and incorporate influences from across the globe. He completed a B.A. in Anthropology/Music at Adelaide University in 2017 and is fascinated by the interplay of music and art between different cultures and eras.
Currently, he is the band leader and primary songwriter for Slowmango, an instrumentally-driven band known for their energetic multi-arts live shows and winners of the 2020 SA Music Award for ‘Best New Artist’, and Musical Director for The Bait Fridge, a multidisciplinary arts collective with a focus on community events and immersive performances. Adrian’s other projects include scoring and composing for video and film, most recently for the independent feature length film ‘Psychosis’; composer for IMMI, a multi-disciplinary theatre project which has performed interstate and at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE; and guitarist and bassist in several bands and as a solo musician. In 2021 Adrian undertook the ‘Interplay Residency Program’ at Nexus and outside of his creative endeavours he works as a sound and lighting engineer for several venues and festivals and as a freelance music programmer.
Ph 08 7320 3301
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Umbrella Festival Ticketing Assistant
Elli Cleary is a singer/songwriter who started out by playing at venues and festivals across Australia and Europe. During this time, she was a finalist in the Telstra Road to Discovery Competition as well as at the NT Song of the Year Awards two years in a row, and supported notable acts such as Thelma Plum, Jack Carty and James Morrison. In 2018, Elli received the Moshtix and Music SA Female Music Industry Scholarship, allowing her to study the Cert IV in Music Industry (Business) at Music SA.
Elli has since spent many years in the Australian music industry, including an internship at Music NT where she assisted in the organisation of the NT Song of the Year Awards and Saltwater Divas Music Program for Indigenous women. Elli has also worked for a number of other arts organisations including Carclew and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. She is a founding member of Girls Rock! Adelaide where she currently works as a Co-ordinator and is also employed by Music SA as the Umbrella Festival Ticketing Assistant. Further to this, Elli is passionate about the intersection of art and wellbeing and is furthering her career by completing a Bachelor of Health Science.
Contact for ticketing enquiries for Umbrella Festival
Ph 08 7320 3301
After graduating with a Bachelor of Media (mj. Journalism) from the University of Adelaide, Melissa has delved into creating a career in the music industry – driven by a strong passion for music and experience interning with one of South Australia’s biggest art and music festivals (RCC).
Through her work as Marketing and PR Assistant at Rebel Yell Agency and creating and running local gig guide and music news platform Top Five Gigs, she has developed skills in digital marketing, social media management, copywriting and SM data analysis.
As Marketing Assistant at Music SA, Melissa brings her deep love for and knowledge of the local music scene and gig culture to the role.
Contact for marketing and social media enquiries
Ph 08 77320 3313
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
We are non-profit
The South Australian Contemporary Music Company Limited T/AS Music SA is listed on the Register of Cultural organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status and as such can accept tax deductible donations. Please contact Kim Roberts, General Manager on (08) 7320 3302 for details.