FOUNDING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
& EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
“AWMA’s mission is to lead with generosity, to insist that our society benefits when musicians and those who work with them are empowered from a diversity of places, cultures and identities.”
VICKI GORDON is shortlisted in the 2019 AFR’s 100 Women of Influence for her life time commitment to addressing gender & cultural equity within the Australian Music Industry. Vicki brings a wealth of experience as a Creative Producer and Leader in Management, Corporate Sponsorship, Government Lobbying, Strategic Planning in the NFP sector, First Nations Engagement, Cultural Governance and Advocacy. She holds a Certificate of Completion in Indigenous Cultural Protocols for Business.
“a dynamic champion of gender & cultural equality”
Vicki has been awarded a Human Rights Commendation, Community Cultural Development Award, Women in the Arts Fellowship, PPCA Award and numerous ARIA Awards in recognition of her contribution to industry. She has worked as a Musician, Music Producer, Record Label Executive, Festival Director, Cultural Producer, Tour Manager, Music Theatre Producer, Artist Manager, Marketing Manager and Mentor.
In 1990 Vicki Founded the Australian Women’s Rock Institute producing Australia’s first Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Contemporary Music Festival; first All Girl Rock Festival, first Training program for Female DJ’s and the first Fanzine for Female Musicians. She has been Music Manager to numerous Australian artists including Indigenous singer/songwriters Emma Donovan and Ursula Yovich. As Independent Record Label Director she was integral to the success of Vanessa Amorosi’s 5x platinum debut album The Power and hit single Absolutely Everybody.
As Music Producer & Curator for the critically acclaimed First Nations Barefoot Divas Sydney & NZ International Arts Festivals (2012) & QLD Music Festival (2013), she independently toured the company to sold out houses in North America, Canada and Hawaii (2014) selling out the Hong Kong Concert Hall, Hong Kong Arts Festival (2015).
She is Co-Producer for the critically acclaimed Indigenous Women’s Rock Musical Barbara & the Camp Dogs, picking up 4x Helpmann Awards this year for Best Australian Musical, Best Score, Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor. She is Founding President for the not for profit charity CiCADA International Inc. and Founding Executive Director and Executive Producer for Australian Women in Music Awards. Her papers are held in the NSW State library.
executive event producer
Theresa has extensive experience both nationally and internationally and has focused her talent and skill base in the field of producing, strategic planning and development of new events and digital strategies over the last decade.
Theresa has been invited to speak at the New Cities Summit in Jakarta, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Art Place America and Aspen Institute in Aspen and is a regular guest lecturer at the Tisch School of The Arts NYU in New York and at the Australian Center for Event Management at the University of Technology in Sydney. Theresa is regularly engaged as a consultant and strategic thinker for the development of new public events.
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Cheryl Gray is a media and communication specialist, driven by a passion for words and a commitment to delivering outstanding experiences. She was a journalist for almost a decade at Queensland’s leading daily newspaper before moving into professional public relations, working with clients ranging from start-ups to multi-national enterprises.
As the founder of Mulberry Seed Communication, Cheryl’s ability to develop succinct and effective communication and marketing strategies, carefully craft messages and engage with media assists organisations to grow their external profile and reputation.
She is a Queensland Board Vice President of the International Association of Business Communicators, and holds several not-for-profit Board director roles.