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 a finalist in the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards and was recognised as a 2019 AFR Top 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 and 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 Indigenous singer/songwriters Emma Donovan and Ursula Yovich and as an independent record label director was integral to the success of Vanessa Amorosi’s 5x platinum debut album The Power and hit single Absolutely Everybody.
As 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 in 2015.
She is Co-Producer for the critically acclaimed multi award winning Women’s Rock Musical Barbara & the Camp Dogs, picking up 4x Green Room Awards in 2020 and 4x Helpmann Awards in 2019 including Best Musical and Best Score. She is Founding President for the not for profit charity CiCADA International Ltd and founding Executive Director and Executive Producer for Australian Women in Music Awards.
Career highlights include: founding director/producer Public Event Group, General Manager Swy (Perth)Theatre Company, Company Manager for commercial theatre productions including Cats and The Buddy Holly Story, Producer Tropfest, Producer Sydney Dreaming, Head of Exhibition for the Biennale of Sydney, Event Manager Sydney Writers’ Festival, Project Director for the Cultural Festival for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and as a Ceremonies producer for Doha and Jakarta Asian Games.
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 former Queensland Board Vice President of the International Association of Business Communicators, and holds several not-for-profit Board director roles for organisations dedicated to supporting women and people with disability.
YOUTH PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR
EMILY HOPLEY graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Popular Music from Griffith University and is dedicated to carving out a career in the music industry. A former AWMA intern, Emily is developing skills as an audio engineer, producer, and mixer and has experience in events, marketing, data entry, and PR in the music industry with professional studio experience at ABC studios in Brisbane and Bignote Productions on the Gold Coast.
She is leading AWMA’s Youth Project by engaging with young women in the industry and connecting them with the experience and exposure provided through AWMA.