EMC Advisory Board

Chair: Leanne de Souza

Non-Executive Director of Nightlife Music, and a trustee of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust (QPAC) (Yuggera and Turrbul land/Brisbane)

“Jane’s commitment to governance and the electronic music community are key to her success. It is fantastic to be chairing her advisory board and support a clarity of purpose and focus for what are important strategic decisions for the business and the sector.”

Co-Owner and Non-Executive Director of NightlifeMusic, a trustee of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust (QPAC), and Co-founder of the Rock and Roll Writers Festival (on hiatus)

Artists’ and their music have been central to many projects over decades. Currently Leanne is a ‘Guardian of Purpose’ for Lydia Fairhall. Previously, Leanne has held the Executive Directorship of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) building on decades working in artist management.

Leanne de Souza is a life-member of Q Music, was awarded the 2019 NLMA for “Excellence in Support of the Live Music Industry” and is a long-term local advocate for contemporary music, artist managers and gender equity in the Australian music industry.

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Treasurer: Belinda Raeburn

Finance and Administration support for EMC, Sweat It Out, and Young Strangers (Wangal and Gadigal land/Sydney)

Currently, Belinda provides Finance, Human Resource and Administration support for several clients including EMC, Young Strangers, Central Station Records and Sweat It Out. 


Belinda has over 20 years of experience working in professional services and a proven track record of success in administration roles.


Previously Belinda was Business Support Specialist for GCI (2000 – 2016) and Events Coordinator for PricewaterhouseCooper (1997 – 1999)

Board Member: Andrew Jackson

Founder/Director, Milton Archer Inc / Avoca Drive Pty Ltd; Climate Reality Leader (Cammeraygal land/Sydney)

“EMC’s stewardship of electronic music culture in Australia and abroad is vital now more than ever as we all rebuild a more culturally-rich, diverse, connected, sustainable and equitably prosperous dance music community. I’m honoured to join the EMC Advisory Board in such esteemed company, and play a contributing role to a community and scene I’ve been so closely connected with for decades.”

Andrew is an artist manager, record label executive and music, youth and technology strategist with over 20 years’ experience in the music industry with a background in advertising. With his clients he has led the music industry with climate and social good initiatives, including the first ever ‘carbon positive’ tour as certified by the United Nations, the first ever carbon drawdown tour in partnership with CHOOOSE, and raised funds for not-for-profits such as The Climate Reality Project, American Red Cross and F*ck Cancer.

He is the Director of Milton Archer – an artist management company that represents streaming giant Matoma, breakout artist BAYNK, developing multimedia project FRND, and inimitable singer/songwriter Meg Mac.

He is also the Founder/Director of new record label Avoca Drive, in joint venture partnership with Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

Jackson recently produced the acclaimed feature documentary ‘Matoma: One In A Million’, reaching #1 on the iTunes Documentary charts. He has been invited to speak at SXSW in Austin TX, Billboard Live Music Summit Los Angeles CA, EMC in Sydney and Music Matters in Mumbai.

Earlier in his career, he co-created releases that have sold over 2.5 million records in Australia in his time as A&R and General Manager for the Ministry of Sound business, and signed acts like Mylo, The Knife, Two Door Cinema Club and PNAU to his boutique imprint etcetc Music, through Universal Music Australia.

Board Member: Elliott Bledsoe

Director, Agentry & Copyright Officer, Australian Digital Alliance (Yuggera and Turrbul lands/Brisbane)

“Being on the EMC Advisory Board exposes me to the realities and practicalities of marketing and rights management for working musicians. It is encouraging that EMC is engaging with the changing nature of communications and copyright, and it is great to bring my extensive knowledge of both to the table.”

Elliott has more than 10 years experience working in the arts and cultural sector, including stints in marketing and content roles with the Queensland Writers Centre, ABC RN, the Australia Council for the Arts, Regional Arts Australia and other organisations. Currently he is the director of Agentry, a marketing and communications micro-consultancy delivering tailored solutions for artists and small-to-medium arts organisations. He holds a Master of Marketing with Distinction from RMIT University.

In tandem with his arts marketing work, Elliott also has extensive experience in copyright and creative practice. He works part-time for the Australian Digital Alliance , an advocacy body representing copyright users and innovators, and the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee , the primary policy body for copyright issues affecting the library, archive and information sectors in Australia. He is also the Co-Lead of the Australian Creative Commons Chapter.

Board Member: Emily Nicol

Curator, Journalist, Radio Podcast/Producer (Kai’Ymay and Gadigal land/Sydney)

“The landscape we are all traversing together is without precedent, and with this in mind I’m excited to be exchanging ideas and contributing to EMC through this advisory board. Moving into 2021, I look forward to assisting EMC in sustaining the core vision of serving and elevating the electronic music community.”

Emily is an experienced Producer in the music and media industries. Her heritage is Birri Gubba (North Queensland), Ugar Island (Torres Strait) and Welsh from her father’s side and Dutch and English from her mother’s side. She draws from this heritage and applies her passion for creating change for First Nations peoples to her roles as a digital producer for NITV, a freelance journalist with published features in The Guardian, SBS Life and Time Out and her curatorial work. Emily is a curator for Spotify’s Blak Australia and more recently she was curator for TikTok’s #AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe music and performance program for NAIDOC week. She is also a board member for MusicNSW.

Board Member: Lilian Hautemulle

Founder, Sivillian Affairs (Singapore)

“With 2021 signalling to be a year of rebuilding, regional ties within our dance communities are more important than ever. I am excited to contribute a regional lens to EMC as their team creates programming and events that drive impact across the electronic music industry in a time when we need it so much”

Lilian has worked in the media and technology sector for seven years, gaining experience in the US, UK, and now Singapore working for a range of media, streaming and tech companies. Her time outside of work is committed to the dance music community. In 2019, she co-launched Sivilian Affairs, an organisation focused on creating boutique events and developing up-and-coming artists.

As Lilian navigates and grows within the dance music scene, she takes every opportunity to include her values around earth stewardship and self-care.

Board Member: Michael Manahan

Group Strategy Lead, Kinetic Marketing (Wangal land/Sydney)

“2021 is the year that we recapture the magic of electronic music for our community. I am so grateful to be a part of the team to help do it.”

Michael Manahan is a group strategy lead within the advertising and marketing industry.

He has proven results in developing effective advertising campaigns and brand strategies both in Australia and abroad for multinational brands such as – Telstra, Westpac, Carlton United Breweries and McDonald’s. Michael has worked on long term business strategies for small to large enterprises driving growth and creating behaviour change based on trends and consumer insights. Michael is very passionate about bringing his experience within consumer behaviours to the table for EMC and its future plans.

Board Member: Paul Mason

Music Consultant (Gadigal and Bidjigal land/Sydney)

“EMC has an important role as a focal point for a vibrant artistic community. I’m excited to work with Jane and the rest of the board to develop a plan for the next five years that will see it expand and flourish.”

Paul Mason is an experienced music professional, who has worked in broadcasting, live music and government. From 2009 – 2019 he was the Director of Music at the Australia Council for the Arts overseeing federal funding for music. From 2000 – 2007 he established and ran the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap); was a board member of Radio FBi 94.5 from its establishment to the year 2000 when the station was awarded its permanent broadcast licence; and he was President of Music NSW from 2004 – 2007. Paul has also delivered technology projects for the ABC, programmed live music venues and festivals and worked as a musician. He now consults on policy and strategy for a group of organisations and individual artists, and is a board member of the City Recital Hall and the Peggy Glanville Hicks Trust.

Board Member: Richie McNeill

Director, Hardware Corporation (Wurundjeri land/Melbourne)

“I’m excited to contribute to EMC, helping shape it’s direction and future. EMC has done amazing work to date and it’s a much needed conference, post Covid more than ever. “

Richie is Director of Hardware Corporation, an events and touring company for the world’s biggest electronic music acts. Events include Hardware, TransAtlantic, Belfast, Ultraworld, Universe and Two Tribes, Australia’s very first successful national electronic dance music festival (for 10 years). Today Hardware produces Festival X, Piknic Électronik Melbourne and numerous bespoke events and tours.

Richie has a long history in electronic and dance music in Australia including Dance Manager for MDS (Mushroom Group) in the 90s, owning and running one of Melbourne’s longest running and iconic record stores, (Hardware Records) Co Founder and Director of Stereosonic, Director of Special Operations for SFX Entertainment, Special Ops for Beatport.