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Our Board members are there to both help guide and keep accountable WAM’s ongoing efforts to fulfill our missions in the most beneficial ways for all music industry stakeholders.
Al Taylor (President) has 25 years experience working in the marketing and communications industries, and is the former Chairman of 303 Mullenlowe. He is a highly regarded strategic planner with numerous national and international awards to his credit. A former Board member of WAM back in the WARMIA days, Al is passionate about the arts and creativity and contributes as a Board Member of Awesome Arts and as an AbAf Councillor. Al is also a musician and carved out a moderate side career as a drummer in a number of bands on the east coast and WA.
Noah Shilkin (Vice President) is a recording artist, songwriter/composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, music supervisor and owner of The Lollybox studio in Margaret River. He has composed for the likes of Nike, Chevrolet, Calvin Klein, General Motors, Disney, Nelvana, ESPN, CBC, VTV, playwright Harold Pinter and the artist Robert Rauschenberg. He has worked with international recording artists ranging from Alanis Morissette to AC/DC, and was keyboardist for legendary New Zealand cult band Mother Goose.
Steven McCabe (Treasurer) 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) 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 artist John Bennett. Based in Broome, she is a Senior Music Lecturer at North Regional TAFE. Delivering programs across the Kimberley and Pilbara Regions, Bel was awarded the West Australian Trainer of the Year in 2009. 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 has 20 years’ experience in the construction and infrastructure sector, including as a 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. 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.
Anton Mazandarani has been involved in the music industry in many guises for over two decades. Beginning by playing in bands – including the internationally recognised Yummy Fur – he co-founded Death Disco, one of Perth’s longest ever running club nights, and now as the WAAPA Marketing Manager also brings a wealth of knowledge in marketing and education to WAM.
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 W.A. 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.
Kylie Thompson has been influential in structuring financially sound business frameworks for the cream of WA’s music talent, commemorating 20 years in 2018 as a specialist accountant for those involved in music and the creative arts. 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”.
Sam Cutri has 30 years of professional experience in the music industry, he’s been signed to major labels, had International releases and published music for TV. Sam’s compositions and sound design on numerous films have received multiple international and national nominations, winning a WASA for best score in 2013. He has performed at many festivals, produced WAM nominated and winning artists, and released 10 international sold out vinyl records on his own label. With 15+ years experience in higher education, Sam has developed and facilitated the delivery of music production courses at WAAPA and is currently national module coordinator, author and lecturer at SAE Perth. His community development work sees him run Prime Minister and Cabinets, Remote Schools Attendance Strategy workshops for Indigenous youth in WA, NT and SA.
Steven Castan is a lawyer, mediator, businessman, & master of ceremonies. Originally from Melbourne, moving to Margaret River 5 years ago, as an entertainment lawyer, Steven represented a wide range of Australian musicians, composers, writers and labels. He also is the co-director of Feel Presents, an international touring firm who have toured great acts to WA and Australia such as the Violent Femmes, Lou Reed, Cat Power & Henry Rollins to name a few. Steven is the current President of the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce & Industry, as well as being an avid bird photographer & lover of the incredible array of music that this country (and state) creates.