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Musical Chairs October 31, 2018

Musical Chairs: Live Performance, Spotify, Arts On Tour, Adelaide Fringe & more

Senior Journalist, B2B
Musical Chairs: Live Performance, Spotify, Arts On Tour, Adelaide Fringe & more

Andrew Kay steps down as president of Live Performance Australia (LPA) at the end of its annual general meeting on Thursday, November 22.

Richard Evans, managing director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, takes over the role.

He has served the association for 12 years, including as vice-president 2011-12.

Kay was president for 15 years, joining the LPA executive council in 1989. He served as vice-president for nine years (1995-2003).

Spotify’s head of music culture and editorial Doug Ford is heading out the door after 5½ years. He was instrumental in setting up its playlists and teams, including RapCaviar and New Music Friday.

After two successful years, Sydney Festival extended director Wesley Enoch‘s contract by two years to a five-year term, now ending in 2021.

Here There and Everywhere (HT&E) announced the appointment of as its chairman Hamish McLennan, one-time executive chairman and CEO of Ten Network.

Nova Brisbane’s Scott Couchman has moved to 90.9 Sea FM Gold Coast to take over the afternoon shift.

Mariah Carey, who drops her Caution album in mid-November and follows up with a world tour, is also on The Voice US, as a key advisor for the knockouts rounds. She was a judge on season 12 of American Idol with Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban and was considered somewhat quarrelsome.

Kerry Comerford has been appointed chair of Arts on Tour, succeeding outgoing chair Rob Hurcum after 20 years of service.

Comerford was VP of The Really Useful Group Asia and held senior positions with the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Adelaide Festival Centre.

SBS chief audience and content officer John Sintras has resigned after just 6 months in the role. Before SBS, he was in New York, as global president, business development and product innovation at IPG Mediabrands.

Tim McFarlane takes over as executive chairman of Trafalgar Entertainment Asia-Pacific (TEG) to drive its international strategy and strengthening relationships and partnerships in the Asia Pacific region.

He has strong connections with venues and executives in the Asian region over the past 30 years.

He was CEO of RUG Asia Pacific for 18 years, producing hit shows as Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies.

Lindy Burns steps away from the mic at ABC Radio Melbourne in 2019 to return to Newcastle to spend more time with her family.

Artist manager and entrepreneur Alan Evers-Buckland has been appointed national director of the Royal Lifesaving Society Australia. He has been a lifesaver since childhood.

Columbia Records appointed Jay Schumer as senior vice president of marketing, based in New York.

Adelaide Fringe board welcomed aboard Indigenous health researcher Odette Pearson, with plans to benefit from her experience in the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians.

Pearson is from north Queensland eastern Kuku Yalanji and Torres Strait Islander heritage and gained her PhD in Health Economics and Social Policy from the University of South Australia.

She is a senior research fellow at UniSA and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

Gunnedah’s Railway Hotel has new owners, Josh Launders and Rob Broomham, who plan to give it a makeover.

Macquarie Media has launched its first national show Macquarie Weekly, helmed by Justin Smith.

Onetime triple j presenter turned sports broadcaster Francis Leach is now sports editor at The New Daily.


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