This guide has been written by Rhoda Roberts AO, Matt Wicking, and Green Music Australia.
Rhoda Roberts AO is a significant force on the Australian arts scene. A member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul clan of Northern NSW and South East QLD, Rhoda is Festival Director of the Boomerang Festival / Bluesfest, Creative Director of the Parrtjima Festival ( NT) and an Associate of Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) and until recently headed First Nations Programming for the Sydney Opera House. A much awarded arts executive, Rhoda received an AO for distinguished service to the performing arts, leadership, advocacy and promoting contemporary Indigenous culture. In 2019, she was recognised with a Ros Bower Award from the Australia Council; in 2018, she received the Helpman Award – The Sue Nattrass Award; in 1998 she received a Deadly Award for Broadcasting and in 1997, she was recognized with a Sidney Myer Facilitators award.
Matt Wicking is a facilitator, artist and activist. A settler living on Wurundjeri land and long-time advocate for environmental and social justice causes, Matt works with progressive groups to help them amplify their impact. He currently works as freelance facilitator and environmental consultant with Cloud Catcher and singer with Melbourne band, The General Assembly. He has a Masters of Environment, plus degrees in Psychology and Commerce. Previous roles include: running the Future Makers Fellowship at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership; Communications Advisor at the Bureau of Meteorology; Greenie-in-Residence at Arts House; facilitating environmental education at Monash Sustainable Development Institute; and many years’ experience as a sustainability consultant.
Green Music Australia is a registered charity, harnessing the cultural power of our influential music scene to create a greener, safer future.
The authors and Green Music Australia are grateful for the contributions of staff, musicians, and other industry experts including: Allara Briggs-Pattison, Anna Lunoe, Beatrice Jeavons, Berish Bilander, Bridie Moran, Emma Bosworth, Helen Lear, Jack Johnson’s team, Jen Cloher, Jessica Cerro (Montaigne), Jessica Hobbs, Marcus Seal, Paul Curtis, Sally Seltmann and Tim Hollo. And a special big thank you to Tenaya King for her work in driving the project forward!
This guide would not be possible without the support of a range of partners, including the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, who have supported the launch and implementation of Sound Country. Special thanks to Green Music Australia members and patrons, including Stephen Whately and the Johnson Ohana Foundation for believing in the vision, and artists Lara Goodridge, Missy Higgins, Paul Curtis, Regurgitator and Tim Hollo.
A big thank you to our wonderful visual design team.
Graphic Design: Kurt Melvin.
Illustrators: Stephanie Hughes (main illustrated identity) and Daniel Gray-Barnett (additional illustrations).