Mark Smith

Executive Director

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.

Liz Archer

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 Taylor

Operations Manager

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.

Phillip Eaton

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).

Shauna Upton

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.

Jeremy Conlon

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.

Mia Tinkler

Bush Bands Program Manager

Fiona Carter

Finance Officer

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.