Mark started out as a drummer in Darwin bands Drum Drum and Culture Connect. He later became manager of both groups, taking Drum Drum on a tour to over 13 countries, whilst Culture Connect received national attention through triple j and Channel V. Mark later took on management of Darwin duo Sietta – the group achieving significant national impact with their first album, securing partnerships with Elefant Traks, Universal Publishing and New World Artists/Artist Voice.
Mark has been the Executive Director of MusicNT for the past ten years and, in that time, has grown the organisation’s internal capacity by initiating and supporting programs to deliver clear and sustainable outcomes for the NT music industry. Mark has high-level project management and governance experience, and holds a Bachelor of Business.
Central Australian Manager
Whilst pursuing a career in youth and community services, music has remained central to Liz’s life. She studied classical piano at Elder Conservatorium in the late 70s and has performed piano and keys solo, as accompanist and in bands at private and community events along with singing in community choirs. For a decade Liz produced and broadcast a diverse range of programs with 102.1 8CCC Community Radio and more recently has co-ordinated local productions including Desert Song Festival, Desert Voice and Big Sing in the Desert, along with coordinating a very remote Festival in Walungurru (Kintore) in 2013. She returned to 8CCC in 2020 as a volunteer broadcaster showcasing original music by NT women.
Liz brings a wealth of experience working with remote communities, event and staff management skills, community development and report writing expertise into her role, along with a commitment to working collaboratively, listening to stakeholders and supporting the continued growth of independent, original music in and from central Australia.
Jeremy has extensive experience working across the creative industries with over 11 years’ experience working on complex placed-based activations, festivals, exhibitions, performances, and arts and cultural infrastructure projects at both small and large scales. As a former professional musician and with over 20 years’ experience performing, producing and facilitating music projects Jeremy shares a deep commitment to the development of the music industry and specifically the principles and objectives of MusicNT. Jeremy is also co-founder of Mycelium Studios, a multi-disciplinary creative hub, consultancy and exhibition/performance space in Melbourne’s north, where he oversees the operations of Mycelium Recording Studio.
Artist Development Officer
Phillip has a Diploma in Contemporary Music from Charles Darwin University (CDU) and has been an active member in the NT music industry for more than 15 years. He is a skilled musician, previously bass player and percussionist for WildWater, Drum Drum, Cinco Locos, and has been involved in countless multi-cultural music and performance collaborations. He has extensive experience in music touring, having brought a number music acts to and from the Territory.
Phillip delivered the VET Certificate II in Music at Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre for the Northern Territory Music School and CDU, and is passionate about mentoring young people in the areas of new media skills, audio engineering, production and live performance. In addition to his work at MusicNT, Phillip is the NT Writer Services Representative for the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).
Safe Venues Program Manager
Originally from the South-West of WA, Shauna relocated to the Northern Territory upon completion of her Masters in International Relations at the end of 2017. Prior to her move, Shauna worked for her beloved West Coast Eagles as an event coordinator, organising an extensive variety of events during her 3.5 years with the football club. However, it was her first professional job as the Activities Vice President of the Curtin University Student Guild, that cemented her love of live music events.
Marketing & Communications Officer
With over 25 years as a professional bassist, Tom Jones’ career has seen him tour extensively nationally and internationally and performing at Australia’s most iconic venues and festivals. His experience across the industry includes promoting and managing events, bookings, and music education. In recent years he was the driving force behind turning The Marrickville Bowlo into one of the country’s most sought-after live music venues.
Tom’s passions lie in the development of artists, projects, and seeing the local music scene grow, and not least, banh mi. He is delighted to be living in the tropics and to be part of the MusicNT team.
Indigenous Music Development Officer
Jessie Grainer is a Kuku Djungan/Muluridji Women from FNQ
who has lived throughout the Northern Territory over the
years back and forth from Mareeba her hometown to other
towns in the Top end and also the Desert in the Northern
Territory, but now calls Alice Springs home.
Seeing the music scene in Alice motivated her to participate
in Desert Divas in 2017 & 2018 and from here she decided to
pursue a career in the Music Industry.
Jessie is now employed as MusicNT Indigenous Music
Development Officer for the Indigenous Women’s Programs
Divas and Sista Sounds
Regional Areas Music Program Manager
Jeremy Conlon, freelance sound recordist – sound engineer, musician, and composer, has had over 25 years experience in many facets of the music industry. He was a member of Adelaide band The Violets, and has continued his electronic persona Cooperblack for the last 20 years. Jeremy has a degree in Classical Composition, and enjoys arranging and composing for contemporary songs. He performs with Bug Eyed (bass guitar) and Stellar Sea (synth bass and voice FX).
Jeremy’s music credits include ARIA award winning albums “Gurrumul” and “Rrakala” by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, “Muyngarnbi – Walking With Spirits” featuring Tom E Lewis and Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), Nabarlek – ‘Manmoyi Radio”, ‘Tjamuku Ngurra’ – Tjintu Desert Band , KND album ‘MUZIK IZ 4EVA”. Jeremy runs his own small business based in Central Australia called Left Of Elephant Sound.
Bush Bands Program Manager
Fiona obtained a Bachelor of Music degree (trumpet) from the Canberra School of Music, in addition to a Masters in Management and Cultural Policy from the University of Warwick (UK). She was Marketing Manager of Norfolk & Norwich Festival before moving to Darwin in 2000.
Fiona has managed several arts organisations since arriving in the NT, and is currently Company Manager of Corrugated Iron Youth Arts and Finance Officer at MusicNT. She is passionate about Asia and completed an Asialink Management Residency in Indonesia in 2003. She now produces independent arts projects, linking Asian and NT artists.