Who We Are
PPCA Board Chairman
George Ash became a member of the PPCA Board in August 2003.
George is also the President, Universal Music Australia and New Zealand, a division of the Universal Music Group.
Prior to George's current position with Universal Music Australia, he held positions as 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.
Duncan Collins is the Chief Operating Officer of TMRW Music Group, one of Australia's largest independent entertainment groups. With a career spanning 20 years across the UK, Europe and Australia, he has been on the frontline of some of the biggest clubs in the world, as well as at the helm of one of the UK's most successful ever independent record companies, Ministry of Sound.
Having moved to Australia in 2011, he now works hand in hand with Tim McGee running a group of independent music companies covering recordings, publishing, live events, artist management and venue management under the TMRW banner. These include etcetc music, home to Pnau and Jax Jones, Ministry of Sound Events, home to the wildly successful Orchestrated live classical gigs, and Chinese Laundry, one of Australia's key club exports and a consistent feature in the World's Top 100 clubs.
A regular contributor to international boards such as AFEM (Association for Electronic Music) and speaker at EMC (Electronic Music Conference Australia), he is well versed in every aspect of a modern entertainment business, from performing rights and business affairs all the way to live event management. He is currently studying a Masters in Analytics at UNSW outside of his day to day role.
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.
PPCA Board Member
Gordon Pitt is the VP, Legal & Business Affairs, ANZ, at Sony Music Entertainment.
Gordon has been with Sony Music since 2013. Before joining Sony Music, Gordon worked in sports, media and entertainment at IMG.
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.
PPCA Board Member
Dan Rosen is the President of Warner Music Australasia. He is lawyer, policy advisor, musician a key advocate for Australia artists and the music industry.
Prior to starting at Warner, Rosen served as the Chief Executive of ARIA and PPCA for a decade, the peak industry bodies for the Australian music industry. Before joining ARIA and PPCA, Rosen was based in New York working as Head of Americas for ROO Media, a NASDAQ listed digital media company. Rosen is a Fulbright Scholar who completed his Masters of Law and Business at New York University.
Before leaving for the States, Rosen worked as an Advisor to the Federal Minister of Communications, Richard Alston, after starting his career as a lawyer, specialising in media and technology, with Minter Ellison.
As an artist with his band Second Dan notably won Triple J’s Unearthed competition in 2003, and went on to independently release two albums and toured throughout the US and Australia.
Dan Rosen is a passionate voice for creative communities both at home and abroad, as a Director of Creative Partnerships Australia, Member of the Australian Government’s Creative Industries Taskforce, former Advisory Board member of the National Indigenous Music Awards, former Chair of the NSW Creative Industries Taskforce and member of the Victorian Government’s Creative Victoria Taskforce and most recently being at the forefront in advocating for Government support for the music and entertainment industries through the COVID pandemic.
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.
PPCA Artist Representative & Board Member
JoAnne (Stevens) Volta is a songwriter, composer, and independent self-managed artist who is an advocate for musicians’ rights. She has been involved in the music industry in all aspects for more than 30 years.
Graduating Law from UTAS in 1997, JoAnne is currently a legal consultant for a few select clients. Since 2002, she has assisted artists to exercise their rights in relation to recovery of copyrights and locate royalties.
JoAnne has prepared a number of ACCC submissions and was involved in writing the code of conduct for the International Music Managers forum. She was the first self-managed artist on the original Music Managers Forum Board in Australia
JoAnne and husband Paul formed The Sign in 1999. They are still performing, releasing music and videos and plan to head back overseas in 2023.
PPCA Board Observership Program
Kirsty Gostelow is Director of Kadence Group, offering Artist Management, Music Business Mentoring and Grant Writing Services and Managing Director of Lovely Records.
Gostelow has held senior management positions in a diverse range of fields across Corporate, Government and Non-Profit. She has managed teams, budgets, training, government contracts, events and sponsorship deals from education and training to finance, business development to youth work.
Gostelow was awarded the 2021 APRA Lighthouse Award, Australia Day Award for Community Development and nominated for Young Business Person of the Year for Queensland's AIM Awards.
Kadence Group's roster of artists includes Aodhan, Busby Marou and Tia Gostelow.
PPCA Chief Executive Officer
Annabelle joins ARIA and PPCA following a 16-year career at Network 10 where she most recently held the role of Chief Operating Officer. At Network 10, Annabelle was responsible for leading the network’s broadcast operations; group strategy; corporate and internal communications; interstate markets; policy, regulatory, compliance and government affairs; and lobbying and stakeholder relations.
Prior to Network 10, she spent several years working at senior levels in Canberra with Government, which culminated in four years as Senior Advisor (Broadcasting and Copyright) and Acting Chief of Staff for then Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon. Richard Alston AO. Her other Canberra based roles included Government Lawyer within the intellectual property branch of the Attorney-General’s Department and Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Alliance and Australian Libraries Copyright Committee from 1996.
Annabelle received her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from the Australian National University. She is a Board Member of Save The Children Australia, and a Council Member of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Annabelle was previously a board member of Freeview Australia and Free TV Australia. Annabelle was invited to be a participant in the 2019 McKinsey Remarkable Women Program.