Musical Chairs July 5, 2019

Musical Chairs: Tripp exits SXSW, Turner joins ORiGin & more

Musical Chairs: Tripp exits SXSW, Turner joins ORiGin & more

EXITS

Phil Tripp has stepped down from his role as senior business development manager for South By Southwest in Australian, New Zealand and Hawaii after 17 years effective immediately.

TMN reached out to SXSW management in Austin, Texas for comment. Meanwhile, its Meet’’n’Greets to be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this month are postponed.

Further inquiries should be sent to australasia@sxsw.com.

When Tripp retired from the music business in 2010 – his Immedia! business included conferences, publicity and the music industry directory – and moved to Coffs Harbour on the NSW coast, he retained the SXSW role.

He was a huge success. In 2002 when he started, only five Australian bands showcased. 2020 is expected to have 40 acts and 800 attendees and this year Australia was sixth highest country for delegates.

Friends said that the decision to leave was that the 68-year old wants to spend more time on his first film script.

Based on his colourful life in the US before his move to Australia, it’s gained much interest from Hollywood.


MEGAN TURNER JOINS ORIGIN MUSIC

With the expansion of its publishing and label services, Sydney-based ORiGiN Music has split and expanded the role of copyright and royalty manager.

Fiona Gunn will now focus more on copyright management.

Megan Turner will manage ORiGiN’s royalty administration.

She worked at EMI, Warners, Alberts (with ORiGiN creative director Philip Mortlock) and BMG in Australia and Universal and BMG Music Publishing in the US.


FORMER APRA EXEC TO HEAD COPYRIGHT COUNCIL

One time APRA AMCOS executive Eileen Camilleri is taking over as CEO of Australian Copyright Council, after Grant McAvaney returned to media litigation and law reform at the ABC.

Camilleri has been with the College of Law for almost two decades, most recently as assistant director of Practitioner Education and program director of the Masters program.


NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR FOR 2SER

Influential Sydney community radio 2SER announced Steph Liong as its music director, replacing Andrew Khedoori.

She was acting music director for the past 16 months and began as a volunteer at the station nine years ago.


TWO ADS FOR NEW MELBOURNE FESTIVAL

Melbourne’s new still-untitled winter festival (August 20 – September 6, 2020) will have joint artistic directors – director, choreographer and Chunky Move founder Gideon Obarzanek and festival producer (currently Tasmania’s Dark Mofo’s associate creative director) Hannah Fox.

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