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Our Board members are there to both help guide and keep accountable WAM’s ongoing efforts to fulfil our missions in the most beneficial ways for all music industry stakeholders.
Al Taylor (President)
Al Taylor is a Western Australian business leader who has built and grown one of Australia’s most successful communications agencies (303 Mullenlowe) and is now CEO of Hospitality and Brewing group Triple-1-Three which includes one of WA’s fastest growing beer brands (Otherside) and a growing portfolio of venues including Freo.Social and Otherside Brewhouse. He is highly regarded for his strategic planning attaining national and international awards to his credit and holding numerous board and strategic advisory positions across a range of industries. A former Board member of WAM back in the WARMIA days, Al has always been a passionate supporter of the arts. He is also a musician and even carved out a moderate side career as a drummer in a number of bands on the East coast and WA.
Noah Shilkin (Vice President)
Noah Shilkin is an internationally renowned recording artist, songwriter/composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, music supervisor and owner of The Lollybox studio in Margaret River. Throughout 24 years of making music in Canada and the United States, including his time as a producer and composer at The Einstein Brothers and Einstein Interactive, Noah worked with artists including Alanis Morrisette, Bryan Adams, Loverboy, Lior, boy+chik, playwright Harold Pinter, the artist Robert Rauschenberg and even AC/DC. He has composed for such organizations as Nike, Chevrolet, Calvin Klein, General Motors, Disney, Nelvana, ESPN, CBC, Corus Entertainment, the NBA and locally the MRBTA. A lifelong passion for and commitment to music sees Noah contributing as a consultant to the international music business and a number of Australian music associations while he continues to develop the careers of emerging talent and artists and his own craft. Since returning to Australia Noah continues his journey as a highly sought-after music producer, composer, artist mentor, and global music publishing & supervision consultant.
Steven McCabe (Treasurer)
Steven McCabe is a Director in KPMG’s Restructuring Services team, a division that specialises in advising stakeholders of underperforming or stressed organisations to identify and implement solutions that maintain control and rebuild sustainable value. He has over 12 years experience in Perth and London specialising in providing advice to stakeholders in respect of business stabilisation, governance, strategy, and cash and financial management.
Bel Skinner (Secretary)
Bel Skinner specialises in regional music, from artist mentorship through to tour coordination and artist management. Under her company banner of RedRock Music, Bel manages multi-award winning West Australian artist John Bennett. Based in Broome, she is a Senior Music Lecturer at North Regional TAFE (WA). Delivering programs across the Kimberley and Pilbara Regions, Bel was awarded the West Australian Trainer of the Year in 2009, a first for a music educator. A musician in her own right, Bel is a passionate advocate for regional artists and an active supporter of live music across the state.
Toby Browne-Cooper MAICD – BArch (UWA), LLB (Hons), MPubIfra (Melb)
Toby Browne-Cooper has over 20 years’ experience in the construction and infrastructure sector, including as a senior legal executive and company director. He is a managing partner and co-founder of boutique infrastructure advisory consultancy, Ubique Partners. Toby is also a co-founder and director of innovative aged care accommodation provider Oryx Communities. Toby is a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), and the Law Society of WA. He is a passionate fan and follower of live music stemming from his experience as guitarist and co-songwriter for 80’s local three-piece ska rock band Fried Out & Panning. Toby brings to WAM a balance of enthusiasm for the local music scene with relevant professional and board expertise and experience.
Chris Edmondson believes music in the regions is key to a building a robust and thriving WA music industry. He has spent much of the last two decades touring Western Australia as a regionally based artist among venues as diverse as hotel front bars, wineries, festivals, country fairs and music and folk clubs both in Perth and throughout the regions. For the past three years Chris has been a presenter and producer for ABC Local Radio predominantly based in Albany in the Great Southern.
Aysha Amani is a passionate advocate for gender equality and cultural diversity in the WA music industry. Currently, Aysha is the founding director of Artisticsoul a music promotions and consultancy company providing services to urban artists from diverse backgrounds. Aysha is an established recording artist with 20 years experience in production, events promotion, and music business management. Her knowledge of the industry has led her to run Hip Hop workshops in remote indigenous communities for the Education Department and be a guest speaker for DIY music business workshops. Aysha is best known for her work as the lead vocalist of Perth’s premier neo-soul act, The Amani Consort.
Commemorating 20 years in 2018 as a specialist accountant for those involved in music and the creative arts, Kylie Thompson has been influential in structuring financially sound business frameworks for the cream of WA’s music talent. A sought after speaker at educational seminars for both emerging and experienced artists, Kylie has an unparalleled understanding of taxation regulations specific to the Australian performing arts sector, international touring and recording. With a clientele ranging from students to superstars, Kylie is a committed advocate for the career development of local artists at all levels. Through her niche accountancy division, Sorrento Strategic Music, she is a significant sponsor of radio station RTRFM and home-grown industry events including WAM’s “WAMAwards ” and “Song of the Year” and RTRFM’s “In the Pines”.