Who We Are
Licensor Representative Board Member
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
Vanessa Picken is the CEO and Chair of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand.
Vanessa brings over 15 years’ experience in both the independent and major label music worlds and melds her passion for music with a razor-sharp focus on the intersection between audience, marketing and digital-led technology.
From the outset, Picken’s focus has been global, whether it be studying International Business at the University of Technology in Sydney or working for telecommunications giants Nokia and T-Mobile after finishing her studies. After her time in telecommunications, Vanessa moved into music where she progressed through the ranks of EMI Australia to become the Digital Marketing Manager and, a year later, the Global Account Manager. A desire to challenge herself professionally saw her leave EMI in 2011 to found a label services business (before that term even existed) that would morph into global digital agency Comes With Fries in 2013.
In 2019, Picken moved from Sydney to Los Angeles to become Head of Digital at [PIAS] across America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Restructuring their digital workings across those regions paved the way for her to take on the Global Digital Strategy role in 2020 and, a year later, become Managing Director of the label.
Having returned to Australia midway through 2022 to head up Sony Music in Australia and New Zealand, Picken is the first woman to become a CEO and Chair of one of Australia’s major labels.
In addition to her role at Sony Music Australia and New Zealand, Picken is also a Board member of the Sony Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of young Australians in need. Picken also remains in her role as the CEO of Comes With Fries, having grown the company outside of Australia to open offices in Los Angeles and London, giving her a first-hand understanding of the machinations of different global music market forces.
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 was elected as Artist Representative to the PPCA Board in early 2016, has been re-elected at the conclusion of each two year term, and in early 2023 was appointed PPCA Chair.
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 Board Member
Sean Warner is President, Universal Music Australia & New Zealand, a division of Universal Music Group.
Prior to becoming President in January 2023, Sean played an integral role in the commercial growth and success of UMA. He has been an active member of the company’s senior executive management team; most recently, he held the strategic role of Senior Vice President of Commercial, responsible for commercial growth, innovation, and digital development for UMA & New Zealand. Sean has led the company’s commercial business for over 15 years, from physical sales to streaming, in addition to overseeing business strategy in Southeast Asia (SEA), launching Bravado’s merchandise and licensing operations in the Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) region, and developing UMA’s eCommerce business.
Prior to UMA, Sean held senior roles across Music, Media and Entertainment organisations, including BMG Interactive, Sony PlayStation, DMX Music and Foxtel; a career launched by his studies in Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Law. Sean is the Chair of the AMTD Fundraising committee for the music charity organisation SupportAct and is a passionate fan of Australian music and artists.
Sean is committed to continuing to build UMA as the number one home for artists and championing music culture across Australasia.
PPCA Licensor Representative Board Member
Director of Kadence Group, offering Artist Management, Music Business Mentoring and Grant Writing Services and Managing Director of Lovely Records.
I've held senior management positions in various fields across Corporate, Government, and Non-Profit. I've managed teams, budgets, training, government contracts, events and sponsorship deals from education and training to finance, business development to youth work and within the music industry over the last 10 years.
Proud to have been 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.
Our roster of artists includes AODHAN, BUSBY MAROU and TIA GOSTELOW.
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 2023 Board Observer
Lauren Pelser is the Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager at Warner Music Australia.
Lauren is deeply passionate about music and the creative industries having gained extensive experience as a key business partner enabling creatives on a cross border, multi-jurisdictional basis at companies within media, technology, and e-commerce.
Prior to joining Warner, Lauren held a senior role at tastemaker independent record label, artist management, and publisher, Future Classic.
Lauren has lived in London working at premier talent management agency, Insanity Group. This role saw her working with leading and emerging talent signed to major and independent record labels and publishing companies as well as major television broadcasters and radio stations including BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, 1xtra, and Heart. Further, Lauren worked with digital first cultural influencers as they partnered with the world's leading brands and platforms. In addition, Lauren assisted talent in building equity in their brand by building and growing multiple highly successful client start-up ventures.
Before moving to London, Lauren worked at leading independent promoter, Chugg Entertainment. In this role, Lauren worked on national tours for multiple international and domestic artists as well as working on CMC Rocks and Laneway Festival. Prior to that, Lauren worked at commercial radio network, NOVA Entertainment.
Lauren has always been interested in intersection between digital transformation and the law, having contributed to the NSW Young Lawyers Communications, Entertainment & Technology Law Committee’s submissions to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry Report into Intellectual Property Arrangements, the Attorney-General’s Department's Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper, and the Communications Alliance's Draft Copyright Notice Scheme Industry Code.
Lauren holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Sydney.
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.