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Michael Gudinski named the most powerful person in Australian music

Michael Gudinski named the most powerful person in Australian music
November 27, 2014

With the music industry gathering to celebrate the best artists of the past 12 months at the ARIA Awards, theMusic.com.au has honoured best of the Australian music industry with the release of the AMID Power 50 - the definitive ranking of the Australian music industry’s most powerful individuals.

Michael Gudinski, Chairman of the Mushroom Group, has returned to the summit of the AMID Power 50 in 2014, re-asserting his authority as the most powerful person in the Australian music industry.

The full list of the Power 50 – a ranking of influence, ability and achievement in the music industry – released on theMusic.com.au and in the Australasian Music Industry Directory, which is now available for purchase.

It was a year of ups and downs for Gudinski, with The Rolling Stones providing many of them. However, Gudinski retained the ability to influence and shape the local industry like no other and receives the same #1 ranking he did in 2012.

Welcoming his recognition, Gudinski stated “it’s a great pride to be number one.

“It (holds) great significance, because we’re an independent group which gives me more power to make decisions myself.”

Former business partner and rival promoter Michael Chugg is second on the list while the most powerful female – and artist – in Australian music at the moment is undoubtedly Sia Furler, who ranks three this year (up 23 spots from 2013, the biggest jump of anyone on the list).

AEG Ogden Managing Director Harvey Lister is a significant new entrant on the list, with the venue manager coming in at number 25.

AMID Power 50 for 2014:

1.  Michael Gudinski – Mushroom Group
2.  Michael Chugg – Chugg Entertainment
3.  Sia Furler – artist
4.  George Ash – Universal Music Group
5.  Jessica Ducrou/Paul Piticco – Splendour In The Grass
6.  Denis Handlin – Sony Music Entertainment
7.  AJ Maddah – Soundwave
8.  Nathan McLay/Chad Gillard – Future Classic
9.  Richard Kingsmill – triple j
10. Millie Millgate – Sounds Australia
11. Danny Rogers – Lunatic Entertainment
12. Nick O’Byrne – BIGSOUND
13. Colin Daniels/Ashley Sellers – Inertia
14. Jaddan Comerford – Unified
15. Michael Coppel – Live Nation
16. Brett Murrihy – Artist Voice
17. Peter Noble – Bluesfest
18. Jodie Regan – Spinning Top Music
19. Dror Erez – Totem Onelove Group
20. Tony Harlow – Warner Music Australia
21. Matt Gudinski – Mushroom Group
22. Dan Rosen – ARIA & PPCA
23. Sebastian Chase – MGM
24. Paul Dainty – Dainty Group
25. Harvey Lister – AEG Ogden
26. Stephen Halpin/Rodney Little – Groovin The Moo
27. Chris Scaddan – triple j
28. Claire Collins – Bossy Music
29. John Wardle – National Live Music Office
30. Tim Levinson – Elefant Traks
31. Matt Tanner/Jaime Gough – Native Tongue
32. John Butler – artist
33. Brett Cottle – APRA AMCOS
34. Eric J Dubowsky – producer
35. Matt Emsell – Wonder Management
36. Steve McPherson – Hillsong
37. Nick Cave – artist
38. Johann Ponniah – I OH YOU
39. Liam Mazzucchelli – Boomtick
40. David Walsh/Brian Ritchie – MONA
41. Brad Mellen – Mellen Events
42. Mardi Caught – Atlantic Records
43. Ben Turnbull – Staple Group 
44. Denise Foley – QMusic
45. Ian James – Mushroom Music Publishing
46. Iggy Azalea – artist
47. Neil Ackland – Sound Alliance
48. Richard Moffat – festival programmer
49. Adrian Basso – Community Broadcasting Association Of Australia
50. Patrick Donovan – Music Victoria 

The AMID Power 50 is determined by the editors and journalists of the Australasian Music Industry Directory following extensive industry consultation.

5th November 2014 - HARVEY LISTER BACKS MENTORING OF YOUNG EVENT AND EXHIBITION PROFESSIONALS

25th August 2014 - MICHAEL GUDINSKI AND MACEDON RANGES COUNCIL AGREE TO MORE CONCERTS AT HANGING ROCK 

3rd December 2013 - MICHAEL GUDINSKI NAMED ‘INDUSTRY ICON’ AT ARIA AWARDS

19th August 2013 - AUSTRALIA COUNCIL REVEALS KEY TRENDS FOR PERFORMING ARTS

27th November 2011 - ALLPHONES ARENA HOSTS 2011 ARIA AWARDS

 


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