About Us

ALMBC is a national music industry association led by Australian business owners to benefit the long-term sustainability and value of Australian contemporary music.

The ALMBC is the voice of Australia's vibrant live music industry, working to advance and promote the many employment, economic, social, and cultural benefits that the live music sector creates.

The ALMBC provides focused advocacy for thousands of Australian owned small businesses and sole traders that support Australian music in public performance places, and create tens of thousands of Australian jobs in the creative economy.

Membership is open to concert and festival promoters, event presenters, venues, booking agents, artists, DJ's, technical crew, show crew, show labour, venue staff, ticketing companies, merchandise companies, catering companies, venue workers... indeed anyone whose primary vocation is in the live music sector.

ALMBC Board

Stephen Wade (Select Music) - Chairperson, Sharlene Harris (ALH) - Deputy Chair, Brian Chaldil (OzTix/Media Rare), Sophie Kirov (Lost Motel/Badlands), Christina Allen (Seamlaas), Nicholas Greco (Untitled), Phaedra Watts (Nannup Music Festival), Emily York (Penny Drop), Ross Macpherson (Macro Music), Jess Mizrahi (Deloitte Access Economics) and Haydn Johnston (Architects of Entertainment).

Executive General Manager - Craig Spann

Executive General Manager Craig Spann brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge to drive the organisation through COVID-19 and beyond. Over the past twenty years he has taken on roles across the industry from government and business relations, to media and communications, music policy development and strategic planning – working with Virgin Australia, AMIN, QMusic and News Corp, among others.

Contact Craig at: egm@almbc.org.au

Foundation Steering Committee Foundation Members

Alex Paioff & Fraser Johnson, Co-Founders, MITP Agency – Digital Marketing Agency / Live Music Venue Owners (WA); Ben Turnbull, Director, Staple Group - Live Music Venues / Promoter / Booking Agency (VIC); Brian ‘Smash’ Chladil & Stuart Field, Co-Founders, Oztix – Ticketing (QLD); Chris O’Brien, GM of touring at Destroy All Lines and Promoter, Good Things Festival - Promoter / Booking Agency (VIC); Craig Lock, Director, 5/4 Entertainment – Live Venues/Promoter/Manager (SA); Fred Leone, Artist and Producer, Project Manager Wunungu Awara (QLD); Haydn Johnston, Co-Founder, Architects of Entertainment – Production (NSW); Jane Slingo, Director, Electronic Music Conference – DJs/Electronic Music/Manager (NSW); Nick Greco, Director/Co-Founder, Untitled Group – Promoter/Manager/Agent (VIC); Ross Macpherson, Director/Co-Founder, Macro Music – Promoter/Manager/Live Venues (WA); Sharlene Harris, Group National Entertainment Manager , ALH – Live Venues (National); Stephen Wade, CEO Select Music – Booking Agent (NSW)

In addition to the foundation steering committee the ALMBC board would also like to thank the many people and business owners who devoted time to the foundation of the ALMBC. Special thanks to:

Craig & Leigh Treweek, Publishers, The Music (National); Paul Sloan, Supersonic Billions Agent and Promoter (WA); Stephen Green, SGC Publicity (QLD); Stu Watters and Phil Brown, Morph Consulting (QLD); Leanne de Souza; Stacey Piggott and Rhianna Patrick.

The Vital Contribution of ALMBC Members

The live music sector is the most critical component of the overall music supply chain. Not only does it provide a creative proving ground for Artists, it sustains the vital platforms and infrastructure required to develop and commercialise an artists IP.

Businesses that operate in the Live Music sector employ thousands of skilled, knowledge workers and technicians, as well as commercial opportunities and jobs for thousands of small businesses that work within the sector - from stage crews through to signage companies and food vans.

ALMBC Members and the Live music sector make a significant contribution to the Australian economy, employing thousands of people.

As overseas artists are unable to perform due to the COVID-19 disease, the local music industry becomes critically important to sustain revenues and employment.

ALMBC Policy Priorities

  • Advocate for the extension of Job Keeper and the Job Seeker programs to ensure operators remain business ready in an industry sector that will continue to be impacted well past the September finish date.
  • Build on various state based recovery roadmaps to provide a coordinated national perspective with an acknowledgement that many operators depend on effective cross-border activity for survival.
  • Provide a conduit to connect the many small to medium businesses in the sector to the advocacy and funding discussion already occurring within the industry and government, recognising the new metrics and economic reality of delivering live music within the constraints of new capacities and COVID safe restrictions.
  • Develop (and advocate for) a solution to the looming challenge regarding securing insurance in the live music sector.

Acknowledgement of First Nations People and Country

The Australian Live Music Business Council (ALMBC) acknowledge the First Nations people of these unceded territories we live, create and work on. We recognise, respect and celebrate one of the world's oldest continuing holders of song and the cultural distinctions of FIrst Nations people and value their rich and positive contribution to the music industry and more broadly Australian society. We the Australian Live Music Business Council pay our respects to all of the Traditional Owners and keepers of this land and acknowledge all Elders past, present and future.

Diversity Charter

The ALMBC believes that people are the lifeblood of the music industry. The Australian live music industry is a broad intersection of people, communities and different cultures. The Australian live music industry includes people of every conceivable background and identity - this diverse workforce in Australian society is something that must be celebrated. The ALMBC is committed to ensuring all voices within the sector of small to medium Australian live music enterprises are visible and audible. The ALMBC will be proactive in ensuring the representation of the depth and diversity of the whole of the Australian live music community.

We acknowledge the First Nations people as the original inhabitants of Australia. We recognise, respect and celebrate the cultural distinctions of First Nations people and value their rich and positive contribution to the broader Australian society. We pay our respects to all of the Traditional Owners and keepers of this land and acknowledge all elders past, present and future.