Who We Are

Board of Directors

George Ash - Universal Music Australia
Denis Handlin, AM - Sony Music Entertainment Australia
Tony Harlow - Warner Music Australia
Lindy Morrison, OAM - Artist Representative
Graeme Connors - Artist Representative
Bill Cullen - Manager Representative
David Vodicka - Licensor Representative
Colin Daniels -  Licensor Representative

 

PPCA Patrons

Clare Bowditch
Josh Pyke
Paul Dempsey
Tim Levinson

 

Management

Dan Rosen - Chief Executive Officer
Lynne Small - General Manager
Karla Skarda - Head of General Licensing
Linda Courtney - Manager, Distribution
Stephen Conway - Manager, Business Technologies 
Adrian Di Giacomo - Communications Manager
Rohini Sivakumar - Corporate Counsel -  Commercial
Rachel Porter - Corporate Counsel -  Enforcement / Litigation

PPCA Board Chairman

  • George Ash

    George Ash

    PPCA Board Chairman

    George Ash became a member of the PPCA Board in August 2003.

    George is also the President, Australasia of Universal Music Australia (UMA), a division of the Universal Music Group.

    Prior to George's current position with Universal Music Australia, he held positions as Managing Director, UMA, Managing Director, Universal Music NZ, Managing Director, MCA Geffen NZ and held key management roles at BMG NZ. George has also held roles in Polygram Manufacturing and in the retail sector.

    George's passion for the music industry began as a musician and has spanned 25 years including holding a variety of roles in key industry bodies within the NZ Industry before relocating to Australia in his current role in 2001.

PPCA Board Members

  • Bill Cullen

    Bill Cullen

    PPCA Board Member

    Bill is the Managing Director of One Louder Entertainment, the management home to Paul Kelly, Sarah Blasko, Kate Miller-Heidke, and Ball Park Music.

    He has been involved in the music business since leaving school, and did a long stretch working with Grant Thomas Management, working with acts such as Crowded House and The Rockmelons. A five year stint in London followed, where he worked with the legendary Pete Jenner (manager of Pink Floyd, The Clash, Billy Bragg etc.), before going on to co-manage New Zealand act OMC (How Bizarre) who went on to a number one single and gold album in the US. He returned to Australia in 1999, and established One Louder, and has since had gold plus success with Alex Lloyd, George, Amiel, Sarah Blasko, Kate Miller-Heidke, End Of Fashion and Paul Kelly.

  • Colin Daniels

    Colin Daniels

    PPCA Licensor Representative & Board Member

    Colin Daniels is the Managing Director of  independent distributor & record company, Inertia.  He is also a director of concert promoter Handsome Tours and publisher Gaga Music,  as well as being a founding Patron of The Australian Music Prize and a board member of the global digital rights organization, Merlin.  Daniels started in the music industry as a product manager for distributor MDS, a division of Mushroom Records.  Moving into A&R in the early 90s, Daniels helped set up Mushroom Records UK before returning back to Australia to be General Manager at the rapidly growing MDS.  Towards the turn of the millennium Daniels became Head of A&R for EMI Records Australia then moved on to become the Senior Director of A&R for EMI Records Europe. After a stint as the CEO of Vicious Pty Ltd which included streetwear clothing label Vicious Threads, Daniels moved on to take on his current roles at Inertia & Handsome.

  • David Vodicka

    David Vodicka

    PPCA Licensor Representative & Board Member

    David Vodicka is the owner of Rubber Records and the principal of entertainment law firm Media Arts Lawyers and has had extensive experience with over 15 years practice representing musicians, artists, composers, and recording and publishing entities. He has dealt in all facets of law affecting the creative industries, and has had considerable hands on experience in the music recording and publishing fields as director of independent label Rubber Records and music publisher Rubber Music Publishing. He is a passionate advocate for local music and creative industries and presently is chairman of the board of AIR (the Australian Independent Record labels association), Vice President of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) and MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) and is a current board member of ARIA (Australia Recording Industry Association).

    He believes that the new digital era provides specific challenges for the recording industry and that ensuring that PPCA's members, and in particular the independent record labels,obtain a fair and equitable return for the public performance of their works is paramount.

  • Denis Handlin, AM

    Denis Handlin, AM

    PPCA Board Member

    Denis is the Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia. He commenced his career with the company in 1970 and has been leading it since 1984.

    Denis has a deep involvement in the music industry. He has served on the committees of several industry associations and has held various positions including Chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and of the Australian Record Industry Association.  He is the current Chairman of ARIA, a position he has held over many years since the early 90s including for 10 consecutive years from 1999 - 2008.

    In November 2012, Denis was elected to the position of Vice Chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Asia Regional Board and in November 2014, Denis was elected as Chairman of the IFPI Asia Pacific Board.

    In May 1996, Denis became the first Australian and the first Sony Music Entertainment executive to be honoured with the CEO Special Recognition Award presented by Sony Corporation’s Chairman and CEO Norio Ohga.

    Denis is the co-founder of the Sony Foundation which was established in 1998 and has raised $20 million for youth based causes. He is also very proud to be Patron of the Youth off the Streets Scholarship Program since its inaugural year in 2004.  He is also an inaugural board member of the Ricky Stuart Foundation established in 2012 to raise funds to establish awareness and services for autism.

    In the Australia Day 2005 Honours List, Denis was made a Member of the Order of Australia receiving “AM” in recognition of his service to the music industry, particularly through the promotion of Australian musicians, to professional organisations in the industry and for the work he has done in the community for charitable organisations.

    In June 2009, Denis received from the peak Composer and Music Publisher organisation APRA, their prestigious Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to the Music Industry.

    In April 2012, Denis received the "Label Executive of the Year - Major" award from the Worldwide Radio Summit Industry Awards held in Los Angeles.

    Denis was awarded the ARIA Industry Icon Award by the ARIA Board in November 2014. The award is made in recognition of Denis’ outstanding contribution to the development of the Australian music industry, in particular Australian artists and industry copyright and reform matters. 

    Denis is renowned for his highly competitive spirit and his championing of local talent. Under his leadership, Australian artists such as Men At Work, Midnight Oil, Daryl Braithwaite, John Farnham, Delta Goodrem, Silverchair, Tina Arena, Human Nature, Pete Murray, Rogue Traders, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Timomatic, Justice Crew and The Veronicas have achieved international recognition and success.

    Denis has been married to his wife Jan for longer than he has been leading Sony Music. They have been married for 37 years and have six children.

  • Graeme Connors

    Graeme Connors

    PPCA Artist Representative & Board Member

    Since entering the Australian music industry in 1973, Graeme Connors has had considerable experience in song writing, publishing, recording, label management, touring and concert promotion.  He has been a recipient of many notable awards, including 3 ARIA Award Nominations and an ARIA Award win for Best Country Album for "The Road Less Travelled", 14 Golden Guitars from the Tamworth Country Music Festival as well as two APRA Awards in 1986 and 1990.  Graeme was also awarded two PPCA Awards for Most Played Country Artist for the years 1997 and 1998.

    With the exception of a four year term as Professional Manager of Rondor Music, a highlight of which included pitching “You’re The Voice” to Ross Frazer for John Farnham, Graeme has experienced all the trials and triumphs of a working Artist.  His catalogue includes 17 CDs (1 Platinum and 2 Gold sales status) and 2 DVDs with his most recent work "Kindred Spirit" released in 2013.

    He believes that PPCA has an increasingly vital role to play for Recording Companies and Artists in the management of and compensation for Recording Copyright in the present and future digital age. 

  • Lindy Morrison, OAM

    Lindy Morrison, OAM

    PPCA Artist Representative & Board Member

    Lindy Morrison has been a member of the PPCA Board, as a representative of registered Australian recording artists, since 1994.

    Lindy toured the world as a drummer, with Zero (1978 – 79), The Go-Betweens (1980 – 89) and Cleopatra Wong, (1990 – 93).

    Since 1993, Lindy has worked around Australia as the musical director or performer in shows, parades and festivals, and has led drum and music workshops with many diverse and varied community groups. She has been the musical director of the Junction House Band a group of musicians with intellectual disabilities since 1993.

    Lindy has a Bachelor of Social Work and is the part time social worker for Support Act Ltd—the benevolent society for musicians and workers in the music industry. In 2009 she completed her Masters in Legal Studies at UNSW. Lindy has been a passionate advocate for artists’ rights throughout her career, speaking at conferences and seminars on this topic. She teaches Music Business at Sydney Institute Ultimo.

    In 2013 Lindy was awarded an Order of Australia medal for service to the Australian music industry.

    Lindy can be contacted at lindy.morrison@bigpond.com or at 0409224720

PPCA Management

  • Dan Rosen

    Dan Rosen

    PPCA Chief Executive Officer

    Dan Rosen brings with him valuable experience across digital media, law, policy and music. Prior to joining PPCA as CEO, Rosen was based in New York working as Head of Americas for KIT Digital, a NASAQ listed digital media company.  Before leaving for the States, Dan worked as an Advisor to the Minister of Communications, Richard Alston, responsible for broadband and innovation policy after starting his career as a lawyer, specializing in media and technology, with Minter Ellison.

    Rosen has been on both sides of the music business; his band ‘Second Dan’ won Triple J Unearthed in 2003 and has since independently released two albums and toured throughout the US and Australia. He continues to write and produce music.

    Rosen was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to complete his Masters of International Law and Business at New York University. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University in Melbourne.

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PPCA Patrons

  • Clare Bowditch

    Clare Bowditch

    PPCA Patron

    Clare Bowditch is a singer, writer, and master story-teller, who first began performing in Melbourne pubs when she was sixteen. Six albums later, Clare has toured the country a million times and been awarded EG Best Female Artists (2011), Rolling Stone Woman of the Year for her Contribution to Culture (2010), YenYoung Woman of the Year (2008), and an ARIA Award for Best Female Artist (2006) plus half a dozen other ARIA nominations for her albums.

    Clare currently presents an Australian Radio show on Qantas, she’s hosted summer radio shows for Triple J and 774. She interviewed Prime Minister Julia Gillard two days before the 2010 election, and was the first musical guest ever to perform on Q & A. Clare has also had articles published by Rolling Stone and The Drum. In 2010, she was famously invited to fly on a private jet with Leonard Cohen, whilst support him for his month-long Australian tour. This is where she learnt the meaning of life. In 2012, Clare undertook her first acting role with Channel 10’s Offspring, and released her fifth album ‘The Winter I Chose Happiness’. 

  • Josh Pyke

    Josh Pyke

    PPCA Patron

    Josh Pyke is one of Australia’s premier singer songwriters. Known for his ability to weave intelligent lyrics with warm melodies and quirky song structures, he is a modern-day storyteller whose evocative use of words and music places him in a league of his own. His breakthrough single was Middle of the Hill, which catapulted him into the limelight. The track appeared on his debut release entitled Feeding The Wolves. This was followed up with the 2007 release of his debut album Memories & Dust which hit the ARIA chart at #4. The Gold record was acclaimed by critics and fans alike. It took out three ARIA Awards, was nominated for a J Award and yielded several singles.

    Its 2008 follow-up was Chimney’s Afire, an album that firmly established Pyke at the forefront of music in Australia. Chimney’s Afire debuted at #3 on the ARIA chart, won an ARIA Award and has also achieved Gold sales. Pyke recorded and produced most of the album himself.

    After some major life changes, a renewed enthusiasm for songwriting manifested itself on Only Sparrows, an album full to bursting with the sound of an artist who has adopted a new approach to not only his music, but life in general.

  • Paul Dempsey

    Paul Dempsey

    PPCA Patron

    Paul Dempsey is best known as the principal songwriter, lead singer and guitarist of Something For Kate, one of the most respected and successful Australian bands to emerge over the past decade. Renowned for his unique, cerebral lyrics and his multi- layered story telling skills, Dempsey’s staggeringly powerful live performances have also become the stuff of legend. During his schedule with Something for Kate Dempsey, a multi-instrumentalist has also consistently produced records for other artists while also performing and touring internationally as a solo artist.

    Having released five platinum and gold albums to date with Something for Kate, selling approximately half a million records, amassing 13 ARIA nominations, taking out multiple Music Industry Critics Award for Best Male vocalist, Rolling Stone awards for best band, best album & best male vocalist along with countless sold out tours with everyone from David Bowie to Death Cab for Cutie, Paul Dempsey then released his first solo album in 2009.

    A departure from his work with Something for Kate, the album, Everything is True was released to an overwhelming response, debuting in the top 5 on the ARIA Charts and achieving beyond gold status. Playing every instrument on the album himself, the album was co-produced by Dempsey winning the ARIA Award for Best Engineering.

  • Tim Levinson

    Tim Levinson

    PPCA Patron

    Tim Levinson is known predominantly as a lyricist, with his career in music beginning with nursery rhymes and graffiti. His first band was a live 6 piece called Explanetary; he has since gone on to write five albums with The Herd and three solo albums under the Urthboy moniker. Over the course of 10 years he’s played at every major Australian festival and a number of International festivals, and consequently has a strong loyal following. The only hip hop artist to have been nominated for the Australian Music Prize twice, Tim has also won AIR Awards, received nominations for ARIA Awards and had multiple entries in the Triple J Hottest 100.

    Adding to his creative career, he runs Elefant Traks, an independent music business specialising in management, touring and record label work. Elefant Traks has artists such as Horrorshow, Hermitude, The Herd and Sietta among its 70 releases to date.