MAP Facilitators

Deb Suckling

  • Genre Specialities – Rock, Pop, Indie, Singer/Songwriter, Folk
  • Areas of Expertise – Digital Distribution, Band Business, Funding, Release Strategies, Labels, Songwriting and Recording

Deb has worked within the Queensland music industry for over a decade. She spent a number of years cutting her teeth with independent labels FunkFolk Records and Collision Records before founding her own label SugarRush Records in late 2006. Deb is the vocalist and songwriter with Brisbane bands Brindle and Lucy Star Satellite, who collectively have created eight releases in the past eight years and toured nationally and internationally. Deb was also the Program Manager for QMusic until October 2012, overseeing a number of projects including coordinating the annual Queensland Music Awards and coordinating professional development workshops across the state for emerging artists. She is extremely passionate about the development of Queensland artists and supporting local music.

Martine Cotton

  • Genre Specialities - Indie, Alternative, Singer/Songwriter, Folk
  • Areas of Expertise - Management, Touring & Event Management, Promotions, Marketing, Web and Social Media Strategies

Martine created Music Industry Inside Out, the online music business professional development resource in 2014 after working for a couple of years as Program Manager for QMusic and a whole lot of years before that wearing a ridiculous array of music industry hats and becoming a has grown quickly to become one of the country's leading music business information and training portals. 

Anje West

  • Genre Specialities – Brazilian, World, Roots, Jazz, Folk
  • Areas of Expertise – Performance, Recording, Self Management & Band Business, Songwriting, Touring, Group-devised Productions, Concert Production & Programming and Music Biz Etiquette

For almost 20 years, Anje has been part of Brisbane's music community. Her main source of work for the past 16 years, and her greatest passion, is her Brazilian-influenced band The View From Madeleine's Couch, crossing musical boundaries and sustaining a long and rewarding career by keeping it simple, making it good, and being a consistently reliable and professional performer. Anje is also a sometime song-writer, a concert producer (who has always filled the house), and a self-managed artist & creator of original touring shows for Qld Arts Council and Musica Viva in Schools. She is the director of the Saideira Brazilian Festival.

Anje's co-produced, composed, arranged and managed budgets and schedules for her band across the recording of two E.Ps and two full length albums and three tours to Brazil, and has worked on a further dozen albums as guest vocalist. She's successfully applied for over $20,000.00 worth of grants, designed cover artwork, posters & flyers and hosted a weekly local music info spot on ABC radio for a year. For much of the past two decades, Anje has also been contracted to produce one or two major music events a year for Brisbane City Council, and currently produces part of their City Hall lunchtime concert series.

Her work with Madcouch and M.V.I.S. projects have taken her all over Australia, including to remote communities in N.T & the Kimberly and she has performed at festivals throughout Qld & interstate, headling or doing main-stage shows at some of Australia's biggest festivals. Over the summer of 2012/13 she managed an 11-date tour in Brazil for her band, working with local musicians and travelling through three states, as well as arranging the filming of a mini-documentary and recording sessions. So many life and professional goals kicked. No penalty shoot-outs!

Graham "Asho" Ashton 

  • Genre Specialities - Alternative, Indie, Punk, Rock, Folk/Singer-songwriter, Pop, Country, Metal & Hip Hop
  • Areas of Expertise - Promotions, Marketing, Management, Mentoring, Touring & Events

Asho left home and school at an early age to sing in punk rock bands.  He realized quickly that it was better for everybody that he stayed on the other side of the stage. In the 90’s he managed bands and started up the indie punk label Emily Records. Asho annoyed everyone in the Brisbane music scene for a few years before getting a start in the call centre at Polygram Records in 1991.  He spent the next two decades working at independent and major records labels in Brisbane and Sydney and has held positions in A&R, Marketing, Promotions, Publicity, International Licensing and Sales. He is now the Director of Footstomp Music which is a Music Services Company specializing in artist, project and event management, and artist mentoring.  Footstomp manage BABAGANOUJ (Ex Yves Klein Blue), GLENN RICHARDS (Augie March), THE HONEY MONTH, INLAND SEA and KING CANNONS. In 2011 Footstomp signed a label deal with Warner Music Australia and Footstomp Record's first signing is Rockhampton’s favourites sons, BUSBY MAROU. Asho is also proud to have worked closely with hundreds of artists including the likes of ROBBIE WILLIAMS, POWDERFINGER, THE LIVING END, PAUL KELLY, THE GO-BETWEENS, SARAH BLASKO and MUMFORD & SONS.  Asho also scored a great coup as Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND 2010 and 2011 and is proud to have been asked back to program BIGSOUND in 2012.  He is getting more obsessed about music with age!

Danny Widdicombe

  • Genre Specialities – Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, Singer/Songwriter
  • Areas of Expertise – Songwriting, Recording, Live Performance, Booking Gigs, Management

Danny has worked in the music industry for 20 years. Starting in music retail in 1991, Danny also worked at Universal Music as senior account manager in Sydney before embarking on a full time career as a songwriter and performer in 2005. Danny is now a self managed, published, twice ARIA Award nominated and award winning songwriter / performer, releasing 5 albums since 2006. He is also a musician for hire and has played lead guitar for such artists as Bernard Fanning and Tim Rogers amongst others. Danny also composes music for TV, teaches guitar and conducts workshops of the joys of writing songs. In 2010 Danny won the GW McLennan Memorial Fellowship with his Wilson Pickers bandmate Andrew Morris. 

His first album ‘The Transplant Tapes’ (2006) was written about his fight with his long time rival leukaemia. Danny then co-founded the band The Wilson Pickers who were subsequently signed to ABC / Universal. Both albums released by The Wilson Pickers ‘Land of the Powerful Owl’ (2008) and ‘Shake it Down’ (2010) were nominated for ARIA Awards for best blues and roots album. In between Wilson Pickers releases, Danny also released his second solo album through ABC / Universal ‘Dominoes’ (2009) and more recently ‘Find Someone’ (2011). The Wilson Pickers are set to release their third album ‘You Can’t Catch Fish From a Train’ in August 2016. Danny also currently plays around Australia as a solo artist and with his bands The Good Ole Boys and The Honeysliders.

Dominic Miller

  • Genre Specialities - Folk, Country, Rock, Indie Rock
  • Areas of Expertise - Self Management, Self Promotion, Event Management

Dom started his career in the music industry self managing his own band, Rocketsmiths before branching out to look after promising indie rockers, Wind and Brackets. Rocketsmiths tasted local success and had some solid airplay and after releasing their debut album “Bones” toured with such acts as Spoon, Little Red, The Cruel Sea, We Are Scientists and British India plus many more. After Rocketsmiths called it a day in late 2010, Dominic decided to move into the other side of the industry full time and started Bluebeard Music; an artist management business and booking agency. As part of this, Dominic manages The Gin Club, Ben Salter, Texas Tea and ARIA award-winning producer, Magoo.As well as being an artist manager, Dominic also works as a booking agent at Dowse Bar in Paddington and assistant booking agent with famous Brisbane venue, the Zoo.

Emma Di Muzio

  • Genre Specialities – Classical and Popular
  • Areas of Expertise – Band Business, Festivals, Indigenous Music, Community Music

Emma is a business consultant.  She has extensive experience in the arts and other creative industries (incl. education, biotech and IT) and has combined her professional and community experience in the arts with formal studies in music, education and business to produce a successful career to date in arts management.  Her roles of employment have ranged from Musician to Music Teacher, and Marketing and Business Development Manager to General Manager of both non-for-profit and commercial organisations (eg. Qld Music Festival, Qld Choir, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Education Qld, and Skinnyfish Music).  Emma’s strengths in the MAP program are: business and marketing for contemporary and contemporary / classical fusion artists in commercial, and community or other non-profit settings.

Lynette Irwin

  • Genre Specialities – Jazz, Classical and Improvised Music
  • Areas of Expertise – Festivals, Nation and International Touring, Production, Management, Showcasing

Lynette began her music industry career 36 years ago for APRA in Sydney. Pursuing her passion for jazz she travelled the world and settled in The Netherlands where she worked as music copyist for Big Bands prior the advent of computers. In 1986 she moved to Brisbane and began working for the Queensland music industry as music producer, presenter, promoter and manager specialising in jazz. Lynette has toured Australian jazz artists in Japan, China and Europe and renowned Internationals in Australia presenting concerts of the finest jazz artists from around the globe including Kurt Elling, Trilok Gurtu, Dewey Redman, James Carter, Sheila Jordan, Nancy King, Steve Lacy, Satoko Fujii, Nicki Iles and Gary Willis and has programmed hundreds of events for Australian artists. For over 10 years she was jazz broadcaster and producer for community radio in Brisbane and has received numerous grants for jazz projects since 1990. Lynette is Director of Absolute Events, provides management for Misinterprotato, Marialy Pacheco and Catherine Lambert, heads the record label Pinnacles Music and currently serves on the board of Jazz Queensland.

BJ Hemmling

  • Genre Specialities – Hip Hop, Indie, Rock, Metal, Pop
  • Areas of Expertise – Touring, Management, Booking Gigs, Event Production, Risk Management

Daniel Dow

  • Genre Specialities – Soul, Funk, R & B, Hip Hop, World, Indigenous, Reggae, Musical Theatre
  • Areas of Expertise – Artist Management, Performance, Band Business, Production, Songwriting

Daniel is from the Komet and Peibre Tribes of Murray Island in the Torres Strait. He began his musical career as a boy playing in his father's pioneering church in Townsville. He has been involved in the performing arts in many different contexts for over 15 years: original and working cover bands, tribute shows, theater musicals, and acting in stage and film, both in Australia and internationally.  Daniel is also the founder of Indigenous Performing Artist Management and represents the careers of Impossible Odds, Classik Nawu and Georgia Corowa; he also chairs the board of Ailan Traks, a Torres Strait Islander Arts production company and teaches at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts.

Jackson Walkden-Brown

  • Genre Specialities - N/A
  • Areas of Expertise - Copyright, Contracts, Band Partnership Agreements, Management Agreements and Business Development

Jackson has had a longstanding interest in the entertainment industries and practices as a lawyer with Chris Chow Creative Lawyers. He began his legal career in 2003 as a corporate lawyer with top tier firm Minter Ellison. These days his primary professional expertise lies in copyright and the transactional aspects of the music, film and theatre industries. He advises clients on a broad range of legal issues and, as a passionate advocate for local artists, particularly enjoys assisting emerging talent. Jackson also teaches Copyright and Entertainment Law at Bond University and regularly presents at industry conferences. He has extensive experience in the pro bono sector through his association with the Arts Law Centre of Queensland, Arts Law Centre of Australia, and the QUT Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Also a performing artist, Jackson dedicates all of his spare time to recording and touring with his band, Aerials.

Tyler McLoughlan

  • Genre Specialties - N/A
  • Areas of Expertise - Copyright, Synchronisation - existing and specially composed music, Licensing Contracts, Getting your music ready for sync

After completing a Bachelor of Business (Music Industry) at Victoria University, Tyler sampled a variety of music industry roles until finding a specialisation in the field of music copyright. Tyler has worked as a music licence broker with Ricall in London, negotiating placements for clients including Red Bull, Specsavers and Guitar Hero, dealing with major copyrights such as Queen and Edith Piaf and gaining a wealth of experience across sychronisation licensing for ads, television, corporate, online and film. Returning to Brisbane as a publicist with the burgeoning management and publicity team at Mucho-Bravado, Tyler became entrenched in the local Brisbane music scene, and began sourcing sync opportunities for a range of independent artists, before founding The Sound Pound in 2011. Since then she has represented the likes of Tara Simmons, Hey Geronimo and Cub Scouts for placements including AFL, Suncorp, The Age and Queensland Theatre Company. Tyler also lectures in music copyright at JMC Academy Brisbane.

Stacey Coleman

  • Genre Specialities - Rock, Pop, Indie
  • Areas of Expertise - Touring, Self-Management, Self-Promotion, Booking Gigs, Performance

Stacey has spent most of her 22 year working career in the music industry ranging from music retail, event coordination, tour and stage management, music distribution and sales to radio station management with 4ZZZ. She has also had 23 years experience as an active musician in Brisbane playing solo and in various bands and is currently guitarist and backing vocalist in Brisbane band Hits. Hits completed a successful tour of Europe in 2012 and released their second full length album in April of 2014. Stacey has always been self-managed, self-promoted and has a DIY approach to all of her musical endeavours. Stacey also worked as Project Officer for QMusic between 2013 and the end of 2015 . 


  • Genre Specialities - Rock, Pop, Indie
  • Areas of Expertise - Publicity, Event Production / Programming, Small Business 

James is a musician, music manager and business owner, with over a decade owning and running poster & brochure distribution company Posterbill, and his own production & publicity business, Electric Moon. He has also worked as a music manager and booker, venue manager, event producer, festival programmer and music writer. James' true passion lies in the world of original music and he has been part of the Brisbane band scene, as a drummer, promoter, producer and manager since the 1990's, working with dozens of local, national and interstate musicians and bands - most recently The Good Ship (who he provides drumming duties for), Thirteen Seventy, Bertie Page Clinic and his own project, Silver Sircus.  As an event Producer/Programmer, he has recently delivered major festival events for QLD Conservatorium (World Forum on Music and Encounters: India), Brisbane Powerhouse (The Seven Seas, Festival Of Toy Music) and programmed the Festival Stage for Brisbane Festival 2013. He loves making lists, has the ability to think in a straight line and enjoys a good sense of humour.


  • Genre Specialities - All
  • Areas of Expertise - Legal

Matt is the Managing Director of the full service music and entertainment firm, McCormicks. He is a failed drummer whose clients include domestic and international artists, festivals, managers, producers, promoters, publishers and industry boards. Matt specialises in advising on all music and entertainment related matters and agreements, entertainment visas and provides tour/festival services, deal negotiation and general industry advice locally and abroad. Matt  sits on industry boards and is a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and is regularly called upon to assist newly signed artists or those close to being signed in shaping their business and legal affairs ready for a full time career in the industry. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences, has managed and toured artists and been involved in advising and reshaping festivals and events. Matt  is also a director of an entertainment company that  has interests in Nashville and provides assistance  to international touring acts in Australia and facilitates opportunities for Australian artists overseas.  


  • Genre Specialities - All
  • Areas of Expertise - Band Management, Publicity, Marketing

Band management practically fell into Ben's lap by surprise when a friend’s band appointed him so. He immediately set out to build his networks and reputation while sponging experience and knowledge wherever he could. Mucho-Bravado was created in 2007 with the mission statement to provide solid nurturing and assistance for young bands all while indulging the ambition and harnessing the focus into one central location. The national company now has arms in management, publicity, event producing and licensing and has guided the careers of Hungry Kids of Hungary, Ball Park Music, Andy Bull, Gung Ho, The Basics and, most recently, Eves and WAAX. The PR ‘side’, meanwhile has assisted in sparking and uncovering many more such as Emma Louise, The Jungle Giants, Meg Mac, The Kite String Tangle, The Medics, Art Of Sleeping, The Delta Riggs, Calling All Cars, ROLLS BAYCE, Tigertown as well as some Aussie legends like the church and Lisa Mitchell on top of international work with the likes of Crystal Castles, Chairlift, the Fratellis, Joshua James and more. Ben is a board member of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM), co-produces boutique music festival Track & Field and contributes nationally as a writer to theMusic street press and website. Needless to say, he does not sleep.


         • Genre Specialities - Rock, Pop, Indie, Metal and heavy genre's
         • Areas of Expertise - Recording, Production, Producing, Touring, DIY Management, Self-Promotion, Booking Gigs, Cover Bands, Show bookings

Nathan has been working in the music business for over 10 years now in a range of facets from recording, mixing and production, and has also been heavily involved with the business side of the music industry, having booked literally hundreds of shows, at venues large and small all over Brisbane and Australia. Nathan has played hundreds of shows as a guitarist and bassist in various line ups, and has supported a large number of National touring acts. Nathan also co-founded, owns and runs Brisbane’s premiere music facility, Tall Poppy Productions, made up of a commercial recording studio, 4 x rehearsal rooms and booking agency, which has become the one stop shop for local bands since 2007. Nathan has a passion in seeing local bands and musicians become viable businesses through hard work, creativity and effective management.


  • Genre Specialities – Roots, Country, Instrumental, Singer/songwriter, Folk
  • Areas of Expertise – Performance, Recording, Self Management, Songwriting/composing, Touring, Stagecraft

Multi-award winning guitar instrumentalist Michael Fix is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s finest acoustic guitarists.  Over the past two decades, he’s released 15 albums, together with several singles, EPs, DVDs and books, and has established himself globally as a leading performer, appearing at festivals and concert venues across Australia, Europe and Asia.  He is also a recognised composer, whose music is also widely heard in TV shows and documentaries all over the world. In 1994, Michael created Parklands Studio in his home, and it’s from here that Michael creates, records, and markets his music. His skills as a producer have led to hundreds of recording projects, with Michael acting as producer, engineer, and session player.  Michael regularly presents guitar workshops to aspiring guitarists captivated by both his expertise on the guitar and his original music. Michael believes strongly that music is a gift which should be shared.  Recognition of Michael’s extraordinary talents on the guitar has led to major ongoing sponsorship deals with Maton Guitars (who honoured him with his own signature model guitar), D’Addario Strings, Shubb Capos, GuitarPro software, and AER amplification.


  • Genre Specialities - Rock, Heavy
  • Areas of Expertise - Management, Booking, Publicity

Tim is an independent music industry operator with 8 years of experience under his belt and many achievements to his name. Tim began his music industry career in Rockhampton, where he booked O’Dowd’s Irish Pub and presented over 200 shows including shows for international, national, touring and local artists. He also began his connection with the wider music industry in his role as the Arts Queensland A-Venue Project Officer and manager of Gladstone act, Epidemic… Over.  Tim now focuses on his two companies: Pricewar Music (Management of Sydonia, Ezekiel Ox and Guards of May) and Collision Course PR (Dead Letter Circus, 10 Years (US), Villainy (NZ), Guards of May and more).


  • Genre Specialities - Metal, punk, hardcore, metalcore, alt-rock
  • Areas of Expertise - Management, image and sound development, touring/ bookings, marketing and publicity, labels

Tom Byrnes is the founder/managing director of Mannequin Republic. He has been a fixture in the local and Australian music scene for a number of years, working as an artist manager, promoter, and occasional music reviewer. Seeing the gap in the Brisbane music industry in alternative heavy music, he formed Mannequin Republic and is dedicated to giving venues quality performers they can trust and rely on, as well as helping emerging artists broaden their horizons and expand their potential. Tom is a regular at domestic and international music conferences and is a keen advocate to help educate young aspiring managers and bands. At Mannequin Republic, Tom has downsized the roster to accommodate five popular Brisbane based heavy bands including A Breach of Silence, As Paradise Falls and Bayharbour. After working in the industry for 10+ years, Tom hopes to give back and help young artists and managers a foot in the door where possible.