Board

Claire Kilgariff

Chairperson

Born in Alice and arriving to Darwin as a young visual arts and music teacher, Claire has a deep belief in the arts as the foundation of an inclusive creative community. She worked for many years as an arts educator and practitioner and have helped establish a number of key music organisations in Darwin. As the Artistic Director of Arafura Music Collective Claire is recognised in the arts sector as a highly accomplished musician, project manager and creative director. This is complemented by an extensive profile as an executive leader committed to creative and outcomes-led organisational leadership in the NT Public Service and Batchelor institute as Head of Creative Industries, Education, Health, Foundation Skills and Business. In the role of Chairperson of MusicNT Claire remains passionate about live music and the contribution music makes to the NT as place of inclusivity, diversity, creativity and innovation.

Bernadette Ryan

Secretary

Bernadette Ryan, is the director of Bernadette Ryan Management (BRM), BRM is currently operating as a music and arts consultancy service. With more than 25 years experience in the music business Bernadette’s management clients have included many and varied artists including Daniel Merriweather, Saskwatch, The Harpoons, Architecture in Helsinki, DJ Dexter, The Avalanches, The Mavis’s. Bernadette began her career in music as a venue booker in Melbourne (Empress Hotel, Revolver Upstairs), it was at the Empress Hotel she met her first client, The Mavis’s. Over the years she has worked globally and seen great success. In 2017 she relocated to Alice Springs and put management on hold while she settled into living in the Northern Territory. She became a board member of MusicNT in 2019 to share her knowledge and experience.

Cain Gilmore

Vice Chairperson

Cain is a composer, producer and instrumentalist who has lived and breathed music his whole life, picking up his first instrument at the age of six. Cain has a long history of supporting the Territory music scene and has made a huge impact as a supporter, educator, program developer, session musician and respected guitarist and producer. He is passionate about the development of opportunities for the NT music scene. Cain currently works as the VET lecturer in Music at Charles Darwin University and is an accomplished musician. He is involved with many different acts around the country including Catherine Satour, Heart Beat and Stab Capital, and is an experienced covers soloist.

Harshini Bartlett

Harshini is a classical cellist and whilst growing up in England was the principal cellist for her County Orchestra. She initially completed a chemical engineering degree before travelling and moving to Alice Springs in 1994. Since living in Alice Springs she has performed with the Alexander Quartet and more recently with the Alice Springs World Chamber Orchestra. From a governance perspective she has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course, and was the Secretary of the Alice Springs Steiner School Board. She loves music from all genres from punk rock, to the classics, and is passionate about young people being able to play, and having a voice through music.

Leah Flanagan

Leah Flanagan has spent many years as an independent singer-songwriter, musician for hire and label owner. For kicks and giggles (and a steadier paycheck) Leah has also worked in arts administration roles with organisations like Sydney Festival, Arts Law, Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Sydney Opera House. She is currently the Manager of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office, an Indigenous led initiative of APRA AMCOS and the First Nations Producer for Sounds Australia.

Jeff McLaughlin

Jeffrey McLaughlin AKA Dr Flouride, came to the NT in 2005 as an entertainer / gardener at Renner Springs. After 5 months Jeff purchased a mobile Pro-tools Recording rig & in November 2005 he walked into Barkly Regional Arts to do a 2-day recording workshop. It turned into a 15 year association with the Barkly. As maverick producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist and music facilitator, he was the driving force behind the inception of the Winanjjikari Music Centre in Tennant Creek. He has worked with bands such as The Tjupi Band, Sammy Butcher, The Sandridge Band, The Tableland Drifters, Iwantja, Tjungu, Rayella and Lester Peterson. Jeffrey also writes and performs own music brought through his persona Dr Flouride. Jeffrey was a Councillor on Barkly Regional Council from 2017 before being appointed as Mayor in 2020. In 2021 he was re-elected by popular vote to continue his great work as Mayor of The Barkly Regional Council. Jeff brings a wealth of fun and awesomeness to the Music NT Board.

Coco Murielle

Coco has co-founded and managed multiple entities in Bad Apples Music, Barpirdhila Foundation, Ngarrimili and Strong Brother Strong Sister, alongside having operational roles within the arts, sporting, and community sectors with a focus on governance, organization-wide cultural value sets and revenue generation. Coco has vast experience in the music and arts sectors as an Artist Manager for Birdz, A.B. Original and Philly, producer of shows, tours and events, and revenue generation for major events such as Barunga Festival. Prior to the arts, Coco developed social engagement strategies in both the corporate and community sectors including within the AFL. With a keen passion for the advancement of women in music, Coco is thrilled to join the Music NT Board and is determined to contribute to a positive sector in the Territory.

Arian Pearson

Arian Pearson is a Yolŋu man from Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land. He was a member of the Yolŋu rock band East Journey. He has successfully held the position as head director and studio engineer since Mulka Music commenced in 2015. Mulka is supported by the Cotton On Foundation and Mulka Music aims to help develop young artists through music. Besides his work at Mulka, Arian is the Chairman of Lirrwi Yolŋu Aboriginal Tourism Corporation, since 2018. Lirrwi Tourism works with Yolŋu Homelands to provide a visitor experience on country. In his role as a Chairman it is his responsibility to remain cultural integrity not only to the business but to the whole region.

Scott Welsh

Scott brings a dynamic production history with international and crosscultural experience to the MusicNT Board. As a director, producer and filmmaker, Scott has travelled internationally, documenting and engaging with different cultures, including more than 20 years working with Indigenous communities in the NT. Scott has produced content for features, such as Yolngu Boy, and high-end music productions with the Yothu Yindi band, PJ Harvey and Andrea Bocelli. He has worked with the Discovery Channel, MTV UK-USA, BBC-World and National Geographic. He is also a nationally accredited mediator and qualified through the Department of Justice, AGD.