Who We Are

Board of Directors

George Ash - Universal Music Australia (Chair)
Denis Handlin, AO - Sony Music Entertainment Australia
Niko Nordström - Warner Music Australia
Josh Pyke - Artist Representative
Lindy Morrison, OAM - Artist Representative
Bill Cullen - Manager Representative
David Vodicka - Licensor Representative
Matthew Rogers -  Licensor Representative


PPCA Patrons

Clare Bowditch
Paul Dempsey
Tim Levinson

 

Management

Dan Rosen - Chief Executive Officer
Lynne Small - General Manager
Karla Skarda - Head of General Licensing
Linda Courtney - Manager, Distribution
Alistair Alderson - Manager, Business Technologies 
Danny Yau - Senior Marketing and 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 Asia Pacific 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, Kate Miller-Heidke, Neil Finn, Alex The Astronaut, Kim Churchill 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.

  • 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 20 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) 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, AO

    Denis Handlin, AO

    PPCA Board Member

    Denis Handlin AO is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd and Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand Limited and President, Sony Music Entertainment Asia Inc.

    Sony Music Entertainment Australia is one of Australia’s largest music entertainment companies, being a major player in the recording and marketing of local and international artists through CDs, DVDs and digital music services.   Sony Music is also the leading music entertainment company for touring, events, artist, sport & media personality management and branded entertainment projects.

    Born in Brisbane, Queensland in 1951, Denis was educated at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane. Denis started with the Australian Record Company (now Sony Music) in May 1970 in the Distribution Division in Brisbane, making him the longest serving global Sony Music employee. In 1976 he moved to Sony Music's head office in Sydney and held a number of senior positions including National Promotions Manager, Director of Marketing and General Manager, Marketing and Sales.

    Denis was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian company in 1984. In February 1996, he was made Chairman, Sony Music Entertainment Australia Limited and appointed to the international committee responsible for the company’s global strategy.  In 2002, Denis was appointed to chair the Sony Music International Strategy committee which identified new business and product directions.

    Following the global merger of Sony Music and Bertelsmann Media Group, Denis was appointed in September 2004 as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of SONY BMG Australia & New Zealand. In September 2008, following Sony Corporation acquiring Bertelsmann’s share in SONY BMG, the company was renamed to Sony Music Entertainment from January 2009.

    In September 2010, in addition to his Australia and New Zealand responsibilities, he was appointed President, South East Asia & Korea, including managing the day-to-day operations of the Asian Regional Office located in Hong Kong. In August 2011, Denis’ role was further expanded as President, Asia.

    Denis’ countries of responsibility now includes Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, the Middle East region, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

    Since Denis became Chief Executive in 1984, Sony Music (previously CBS Records) has successfully expanded into many new areas such as video games, music publishing, DVDs and CD manufacturing, digital & online portals, merchandising and television & content creation. More recently, the company has diversified into touring & events, artist, sports and media personality management and branded entertainment projects. Sony Music has consistently been one of the top performing music companies globally and on a number of occasions Sony Music Australia was the top performing international affiliate of Sony Music.

    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, Silverchair, John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Tina Arena, Delta Goodrem, Human Nature, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, The Veronicas, Justice Crew, David Campbell, Amy Shark, Tash Sultana, Gang of Youths and Ruel have achieved international recognition and success.

    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 Chairman and CEO Norio Ohga. The award is presented annually to the one Sony executive worldwide who has achieved unique or extraordinary results in their professional activities. Senior executives from all of Sony’s operating groups can be nominated for the Award. In that year, 147 executives were nominated, from which 21 finalists were drawn.

    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, Vice Chairman of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Chairman of the ARIA Industry Chart Committee. Denis has been a member of the ARIA Board since 1984 and held the position of Chairman of ARIA for an unprecedented ten consecutive years. He was reappointed ARIA Chairman in September 2010 and continues to hold that position.

    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.

    Outside of the music industry, Denis is strongly committed to community work and is a founding member of the Sony Foundation of Australia which has raised over $31 million since 1998 for youth based charitable causes. His community work has also included Board positions and major fundraising for the Children’s Hospital Westmead, Parkinson’s Syndrome Society and a number of other important charities. Denis was appointed as a Patron of the Youth Off The Streets scholarship program in its inaugural year in 2004 and is an inaugural Board Member of the Ricky Stuart Foundation which was formed in 2012 that raises funds to establish awareness and services for autism.

    Denis has also been a mentor of the Queensland State of Origin rugby league team since 2006, during which the team achieved unprecedented success of 11 Series wins.

    In the Australia Day Honours List in 2005, Denis was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of: “service to the music industry, particularly through the promotion of Australian musicians, to professional organisations, and to the community through fundraising for charitable organisations”.

    In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2017, Denis was elevated to and awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), in recognition of: “for distinguished service to the Australian recording industry, through leadership and mentoring roles, as a supporter of young artists, and to charitable organisations as a director, patron and contributor”.

    On June 23, 2009, Denis received the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). This prestigious Award is chosen by the APRA Board of Songwriters and Music Publisher Directors.

    In April 2012, Denis received the ‘Label Executive of the Year – Major’ award from the Worldwide Radio Summit Industry Awards held in Los Angeles. The Summit covers a number of award categories which are voted on by peers from radio and the industry in the US and around the world.

    In October 2014, a special Sony Foundation event was held to recognise Denis' 30 years leading Sony Music Australia. The event raised funds to create a special endowment fund to provide annual grants to support children with disabilities.

    Denis was awarded the ARIA Industry Icon Award by the ARIA Board in November 2014. The award was presented to him at the 2014 ARIA Awards Chairman’s Cocktail Party by his long-term friend and industry colleague, Molly Meldrum, and Sony Music artist, Jessica Mauboy. 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.

    In May 2017, Denis as a Sony Foundation co-founder, accepted on behalf of the Sony Foundation, a special award at the Sony Annual Management conference in Tokyo. The award was presented by CEO & President of Sony Corporation, Kaz Hirai, and recognised the Foundation’s outstanding contribution achieved from fundraising events to the benefit of the community and charitable causes through its programs, employee engagement, collaboration with business partners, Sony Music artists and ambassadors.

    Denis was announced as the Number 1 most influential figure in the Australian music industry in February 2018. The list is published annually by music industry publication, ‘themusic’, published by Street Press Australia. The annual countdown “encompasses all aspects of what goes on behind the scenes of the Australian music industry, including label heads, promoters, playlisters, festival organisers, music directors, radio figures and representatives of peak music bodies”.

    Denis has been married to his wife Jan for longer than he has been leading Sony Music. They married in 1977 and have six children.

  • Josh Pyke

    Josh Pyke

    PPCA Artist Representative & Board Member

    Acclaimed multi-ARIA Award winning acoustic troubadour Josh Pyke is one of Australia’s most respected and successful musicians, with an extensive career that has taken him across the country and around the world.

    Josh has released 5 ARIA top ten solo albums, and won 4 ARIA’s  in a career that has spanned over 12 years. 

    Most recently, Pyke realised a long held dream in early 2015 when he played two special Sold Out shows at the Sydney Opera House backed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The live recordings of this performance was released in 2016 and had 3 weeks at #1 on the ARIA Classical charts, and went on to win an ARIA in the 2016 ARIA awards.

    Josh has always used his public position to remain a staunch advocate for the arts. With his work as an ambassador for APRA/AMCOS, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, as well as his own project for young musicians, The Josh Pyke Partnership, Pyke has endeavored to not only raise funds and awareness for the arts, but offer his insights and mentorship from his experience as a working musician. 

    Josh has also been a Patron for the PPCA, and was the elected Artist member representative on the Board of Directors for the PPCA in 2016.

  • 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). She is presently playing with Dave Mason (The Reels) in The Sandy Shores and Alex the Astronaut. 

    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 now works with Waverley Council on music programmes at the Bondi Pavilion and teaches Music Business at TAFE Ultimo.

    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. 

    In 2013 Lindy was awarded an Order of Australia medal for service to the Australian music industry. In 2015, she was awarded the APRA Ted Albert Award. 

    Lindy can be contacted at lindy.morrison@bigpond.com or at 0467 492 843.

  • Matthew Rogers

    Matthew Rogers

    PPCA Licensor Representative & Board Member

    Matthew Rogers is the Chief Operating Officer of UNIFIED Music Group, the fastest growing Australian independent music company. As an entertainment lawyer, he has represented some of the most well-known Australian labels and artists, including working as in-house counsel at the iconic Mushroom Group. 

    At UNIFIED, Mat is now involved in managing Australia’s largest artist management group, a suite of online merchandise stores that includes D2C stores for Sony Music Australia and STL Tones, a record label group including UNFD, Domestic La La, THAA, Exist. Recordings, ONETWO and NLV Records, an award-winning boutique publishing catalogue and an events business that promotes tours as well as the hugely successful UNIFY: A Heavy Music Gathering festival.

    Mat is a member of the board of the Australian Independent Record Label Association (AIR) and is a Vice President of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN Council) where he represents Australian independent labels. Mat has been involved in various advocacy issues for the industry including the Parliamentary Friends of Music events in Canberra and the Creative Victoria Music Passport Advisory Board. Mat's passion for artists, music and the independent community is stronger than ever as he works with Australian artists both locally and internationally.

  • Niko Nordström

    Niko Nordström

    PPCA Board Member

    Niko Nordström was appointed President of Warner Music Australasia on 1 April 2017 and is based in Warner Music Australia’s Sydney office. Niko previously served as Managing Director of Warner Music Finland (commencing in 2007), and additionally held the role of Vice President of Warner Music Nordics. During Niko’s tenure as Managing Director of Warner Music Finland, the company’s market share has doubled from 15.1 per cent to 30.6 per cent. Warner Music Finland’s A&R success has been well recognized with its artists collecting more than 50 per cent of the all the awards in the Local Grammies and the company being named record label of the year for eight years in a row at the Music Industry Awards.

    Before joining Warner Niko ran his own label HMC – Helsinki Music Company, which was an innovative and modern music company with active 360-elements under one roof; label, publishing and agency activities. HMC was bought by Warner Music in 2007. In addition, Niko has held several positions of responsibility in different organizations. He was a chairman of the board of IFPI Finland and also a board member of Gramex, Finland’s copyright society for artists and producers. Niko holds a degree in marketing and business administration at the Helsinki School of Economics.

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.

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’. 

  • 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.