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Juror Council

The AWMA Juror Council reflects a wide cross section of artists and industry professionals each of whom provide significant expertise in their respective areas and a broad perspective and overview to the Juror process.

AWMA Juror Chair

Kerry Comerford

Kerry Comerford is an accomplished Senior Executive in the global arts and entertainment industry. She is currently CEO of Accessible Arts, NSW peak Arts and Disability organisation. Since 2016 she has worked as an independent consultant and mentor and has a diverse portfolio of Directorships, including Chair – Arts on Tour, NSW;  Director – Hayes Theatre, Sydney; Circa Contemporary Circus, Brisbane and Destination Sydney Surrounds North – part of DNSW Regional tourism network.

From 2012-2016 she was Vice-President, of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group Asia Pacific. She joined the company in 1996 as Executive Producer and responsible for the exploitation of the Lloyd Webber catalogue throughout Australia and Asia initiating and managing numerous international tours, including presentations in Lebanon, Qatar, Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, Korea, Shanghai, Taiwan, Scandinavia, Athens, Macau, Philippines, Thailand, and China.

Juror Council

Lorena Allam
The Guardian Indigenous Affairs Editor,
former JJJ/ABC journalist,
Gamilaraay and Yawalaraay woman (NSW)
Maria Amato
CEO AIR (VIC)
Marianna Annas
Head, ABC Music Publishing (NSW)
Liz Archer
Central Australian Manager, Indigenous Women’s
Music Program Manager Music NT (NT)
Cheryl Barker AO
International Opera Singer (NSW)
Fernando Barraza
Creative Director (NSW)
Lisa Bishop
CEO MusicSA (SA)
Tarita Botsman
Opera singer, Artistic Director, Writer,
Chair AWMA Classical Juror Council (QLD)
Tamara-Anna Cislowska
Concert Pianist (NSW)

Monica Curro
Violinist Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Co Artistic Director Port Fairy Spring Music Festival & Artistic Director Women in Music Festival (VIC)

Kerry Digby
Producer & Remote Tour Manager (NT)

Kristen Francis
Performance Curator TEDxSydney, Wine Island,
LEGS 11 Festival (NSW)

Dr Narelle Gee
Former Head Programmer RAGE,
QUT Academic (QLD)
Jana Gibson
Head of Member Services APRA AMCOS (NSW)
Laura Harper
CEO MusicTAS (TAS)
Mike Harris
CEO Western Australian Music Association (WA)
Angie Hart
Singer/Songwriter, Women of Letters Curator (VIC)
Georgia Kennedy
WAM Development Manager (WA)
Fenella Kernebone
Head, Curation TEDX Sydney,
former ABC Broadcaster (NSW)
David Leha (Radical Son)
Artist, Regional and Remote Facilitator,
Kamilaroi Tongan man (NSW)
Candice Lorrae
Performer/Producer The Merindas,
Jawoyn woman from NT (VIC)
Kim Pengelly
General Manager QMusic (QLD)
Ben Pierpoint
Manager Maximillian Brown,
Live Performance Producer (NSW)
Karin Schaupp
Classical guitarist (QLD)
Jo Smith
Executive Director, Australian Screen Composers Guild (NSW)
Dr Diana Tolmie
QLD Conservatorium (QLD)
Andrew Tuttle
Team Leader National Engagement APRA AMCOS (NSW)
Margaret Urlich
Artist & Music Educator (NSW)
Dr John Wilsteed
Musician, QUT Academic (QLD)