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QMusic’s Safety and Diversity Advisory Group

QMusic’s Safety and Diversity Advisory Group (QSDAG) aims to steer collective conversation and drive tangible change with strategic advice and accountability measures to QMusic

Michelle Pitiris (Chair)

Michelle Pitiris is an ARIA award winning photographer and stylist based in Melbourne. Michelle only began pursuing photography in 2013, working her way through the ranks at an online music publication, ultimately becoming the multi-media editor. From there, she progressed to working full time with artists and record labels to develop their visual identity through images and style. Michelle has worked with many incredible artists such as The 1975, Vance Joy, Angus & Julia Stone, Cub Sport, Vera Blue, Mia Rodriguez, Jaguar Jonze, Jack River, Amy Shark and many more. Michelle was an incendiary in reigniting Australia’s music industry fight against sexual harassment and assault, and advocates for the safety and dignity of humanity.

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Bridgette Di Ferdinando

Bridgette Di Ferdinando is an award winning Social Psychologist & Board Advisor with over 20 years experience in Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Culture Transformation, HR Strategy & Leadership. Her career has been global, working in management consulting and HR executive roles for organisations including IBM & Ernst & Young in Europe & the US.

She is currently the Chief Psychologist in APAC at the NeuroLeadership Institute, advising Ministers, CEOs and C-suite globally on the science behind organisational challenges and behavioural strategies that close the gap, making organisations more human. Bridgette is the author of leading research and articles on D&I, Leadership and culture, her most recent work delving into improving inclusive workforce participation for those with disabilities.

In 2021 Bridgette’s work with a global law firm was nominated as most innovative by the Financial Times Europe. Bridgette also holds a patent that changed the face of Employee Self Service for front line workers while at IBM in the early 2000s, and was awarded the HR Technology Summit Technology of the year in New York. She holds degrees in Social Psychology, Economics, the University of Queensland and Organisational Leadership from Harvard Business School.

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Cat Clarke

Cat Clarke is co-owner of Brisbane’s iconic and beloved live music venue, The Zoo. Cat oversees communications for the business while also running her own publicity agency, Road Agent PR. Music and comms are steeped into both her personal and professional life, and her resume backs up this commitment. Prior to becoming a custodian of The Zoo, Cat was National Publicist at Cooking Vinyl Australia. In addition to this, she previously held positions at Riot

House Publicity and as Music Coordinator at renowned Melbourne live music venue, 170 Russell.

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Thelma Plum

Thelma Plum is a Gamilaraay woman, musician and creator who was born in Brisbane, her current home. Thelma Plum’s debut album Better In Blak is a story about culture, heritage, love, and pain. With incredible strength, courage and heartbreaking tenderness, her debut album captures so deftly what it’s like to be a young Aboriginal woman in Australia. The album became one of the most successful albums of 2019, nominated for 7 Arias and spawning 3 Platinum and one Gold singles. The title track “Better in Blak” came in the top 10 of the Triple J Hottest 100, at the time the highest result for an Indigenous artist ever, as well as winning the prestigious Vanda and Young “Song of the Year” award.

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dameeeela

Introducing multi-hyphenate DJ, producer, radio host and Yuggera woman, dameeeela, who has recently unveiled her highly-anticipated debut single 'The Shake Up ft. Tjaka’. Raised in Tulmur/Ipswich and now based in Meanjin/Brisbane, dameeeela has steadily amassed a following and reputation as one of the city's most in-demand selectors. An ability to cater to any genre, audience and energy from hip hop to acid to the classics and back again is what brings listeners back time and again to dameeeela; mixes bursting with electric passion and rife with experimentation, combined with ongoing reminders of club music’s origins in Black culture.

dameeeela boasts a live resume that includes warming up stages for iconic artists from Skepta and Tyler, the Creator to Charli XCX, Anderson .Paak, Genesis Owusu, Wiki and Skin On Skin amongst others, including appearances at Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, Listen Out, Laneway, Pitch Music & Arts, Groovin The Moo, BIGSOUND and more. Offstage, dameeeela recently launched her own Track IDs playlist on Spotify. Stay tuned for more from dameeeela coming soon.

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Shaan Ross-Smith

Shaan Ross-Smith commenced at Griffith University in late 2016 as the Director of the MATE program delivered through Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program. Prior to commencing at Griffith University, Shaan spent sixteen years working with prisoners through her various managerial and director roles with QLD Corrective Services, including Director of Offender Rehabilitation and Management across Queensland. Shaan chose to diversify this experience in 2014 to work with victims/ survivors at the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre as the Integrated Response Manager, while continuing to work with perpetrators through a behaviour change program. 

Shaan’s passion for ending gender-based violence saw her make the transition to MATE where she can focus on primary prevention after years of working in the response phase. The MATE program is a leadership program focused on the bystanders role in preventing gender based violence. The program has seen significant growth since its inception in 2016 and in 2017 MATE was delivered to over 2,500 personnel across Australian schools, universities and workplaces. In late 2021, the MATE program launched a world-first Bystander App, Be There, to support everyone to be someone who does something. Shaan holds post graduate qualifications in Psychology and is the Chair of the Board at DVConnect. DVConnect is Queensland’s only 24 hour, 7 days a week crisis response telephone helpline. It is a service for Queenslanders who want to escape domestic and family violence.

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Zoe Davis

Zoe Davis is a proud queer woman and musician living in Meanjin/ Brisbane. As a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist in independent Brisbane band, Cub Sport. Zoe has toured extensively locally and internationally, playing sold out shows across four continents. Cub Sport’s openness with fans has helped develop a culture of love and inclusion around the band and has seen their unique brand of emotionally-charged pop connect with listeners all over the world. With over 200 million streams to their name and a community and message that is impacting lives worldwide, Cub Sport has received widespread coverage everywhere from Billboard, i-D, Rolling Stone, NME, The Guadian, Nylon, PAPER, Gay Times, Attitude, The Fader, triple j, BBC Radio 1 and many more. The band has multiple platinum and gold releases and their most recently release fourth album LIKE NIRVANA debuted and #2 on the ARIA Album Chart, #1 on the Australian album chart and #1 on the vinyl chart.

Cub Sport has been the recipient of the ARIA Emerging Artist Scholarship, four QMAs and a National Live Music Award for QLD Live Act of the Year.


QMusic also hopes to have further representation from the LGBTQIA+ community for QSDAG, including trans and male representation, and is continuing to engage with this community as part of the roll out.