Committee

David Caffery – President / MAMAs Coordinator

David has a background in arts event management, programming and cultural philosophy.

 

Whilst researching the importance of an artistic culture, David started uniVibes, an events society hosting parties and concerts at ANU and across Canberra. He founded an improvisation funk band, the NewActon POP! band, arranges ensembles and visual productions for his events, coordinates NewActon’s Cultural Program, and started and continues to produce Art, Not Apart Festival. He was the event manager of the ACT Music Awards for MusicACT and co-wrote a whole-of-government strategy for policy change to support a vibrant musical capital. He designed a $340k activation grant for Canberra CBD Ltd, was the lead event manager of the Canberra International Film Festival in 2016, sits on the board of Australian Dance Party and is the director of his own company. Dionysus develops cultural event programs, planning advice and cultural research for high-impact organisations.

 

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Gavin Findlay – Vice President

Gavin Findlay studied music at the University of Tasmania, played with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for eight years and was the founding Chair of IHOS Music Theatre & Opera. He has had a long career as a producer and manager of arts organisations including the Performance Space in Sydney and Canberra’s groundbreaking Splinters Theatre of Spectacle. Gav helped establish the Australian Choreographic Centre before becoming Director of Canberra Youth Music and undertaking post-graduate studies in Musicology. In 2002 he joined the Australian Public Service, where he specialises in Indigenous economic development, and in 2009 completed a Master of Public Policy degree at the Australian National University. He is currently undertaking PhD studies at the ANU researching documentation methodologies for the performing arts, and co-produced The Village Festival in Glebe Park for the Centenary of Canberra. Having played in legendary Canberra bands P Harness and CooCoo Fondoo, Gavin continues to perform as a musician and is Assistant Musical Director of Canberra Brass.

Daria Teodorowych - Treasurer / Ticketing Coordinator

Since graduating from Narrabundah College in 2004, Daria has worked in hospitality, vocational education and training and the real estate industries. Having recently left a successful career as a Senior Body Corporate Manager for reputable local firms spanning some 5 years. Daria has begun studying Music Business, with a keen interest in the more corporate aspect of the music industry. She has been an active member of MusicACT, having overseen ticketing for the inaugural MAMAs and providing other general administrative assistance. Having successfully been a business owner since the age of just 18, she brings to MusicACT both practical business knowledge and an understanding of networking, particularly in a social media context. Daria loves other languages and cultures and has travelled to many countries which has fuelled her passion for the arts and music, both local and abroad. She has an avid passion for her art – a unique spin on Arabic-esque calligraphy, that morphed into what has now been dubbed her ‘inconcept prints’. Daria previously participated as a subcommittee member of Artsound FM and looks forward to working as a committee member of MusicACT to support and promote the local music industry.

 

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Emily Allen - Secretary / Communications Coordinator

Emily is an arts administrator with qualifications in writing and music. By day, she works at the ANU's School of Music, and by night she is a contributing writer, the Communications Coordinator and Secretary for MusicACT and the Marketing Coordinator for the Canberra Fringe Festival. Emily was also on the Promotions Sub-Committee for the 2013 MusicACT Annual Music Awards.


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Angus Souter - Committee Member

Angus lives and breathes Canberra, supporting the region as a tourism and business events destination.  Previously employed by the Canberra Convention Bureau Angus now ply's his trade in the Hotel sector with one of the industry’s most promising up and coming companies, Abode Hotels.  Abode is the hospitality and tourism arm of Geocon and will have a large input into Canberra’s next major developments including Republic in Belconnen and the Kingston Arts Precinct.

Lauren Melksham - Committee Member

Lauren moved to Canberra in 2009 and loved it straight away. She studied Music Business at CIT in 2015 and has been volunteering with Canberra Musicians Club as Volunteer Coordinator and Secretary since early 2015. She became involved with MusicACT in 2016. Lauren is passionate about local music and fostering the next generation of musicians and artists.