News December 14, 2017

Music Australia announces Rhonda Davidson-Irwin as new CEO

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Music Australia announces Rhonda Davidson-Irwin as new CEO

Rhonda Davidson-Irwin has been announced as the new CEO of Music Australia.

She’s set to take over from outgoing CEO Chris Bowen, who departs the role after five years.

The Music Australia Board appointed Davidson-Irwin from a list of over 60 applicants, and she will become only the third CEO in Music Australia’s 25 year history.

“It’s great to have someone so close to the Music Australia community step up to lead, Rhonda will bring a new dynamism, tremendous creativity, fresh ideas and bucket loads of energy to the role – the perfect combination!” said Music Australia chair Michael Smellie.

Davidson-Irwin has worked in the industry as an educator, producer, performer and composer.

She has composed over 3,000 songs for Australian TV shows, runs her own Viva La Musica orchestra, has lectured in early childhood and music education at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University, and has written curriculum for state school music programs in Victoria and Queensland.

She has also served as a councillor and education advistory group member at Music Australia, and recently became a board member.

“Rhonda brings tremendous skills as a composer, producer and entrepreneur, experienced in working across music education, live music, the entertainment sector and television,” Smellie added.

“She is an Australian leader in music education for young people, and this is fundamental to our mission to empower all Australians through music.

“We are delighted Rhonda will take the reins to drive the next chapter in our work as a national umbrella body and champion for all music.”

Smellie also thanked Bowen for his contribution: “Chris has overseen a significant transformation of Music Australia and has positioned it as a strategic contributor to the development of the sector. For this the Music Australia Board extends its thanks.”

Rhonda Davidson-Irwin will take up the new role from February 1, 2018.

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