The Governance of ArtSound
ArtSound FM is an independent, creative, professional media organisation supporting the development of local arts and music.
ArtSound is incorporated under the Incorporated Associations Act 1991 and is also registered with the ACNC: the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. We are licenced to broadcast by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and are a member of the Australian Fine Music Network and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.
The station is managed by a Board of Management, elected by the membership. The members of the Board — 6-10 people — bring a variety of skills expertise and experience to the organisation.
The current membership of the Board (see biographies, below) is:
Wal Jurkiewicz, president
Bianca Russell, vice president
Neil Doody, treasurer
Betsy Dixon, board secretary
Chris Deacon OAM
In this section of the ArtSound website, you will find a variety of documents relating to the management of the organization.
For more information on board membership, please contact the ArtSound Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 02 6295 7444.
- Annual reports
- Financial Statements
- Constitution; business and strategic plans
- Policy documents
- ArtSound Programming Aims
- ArtSound Programming Policy
- Genre Representatives Policy
- Performance Evaluation Policy
- Adding New Presenters to Program Teams Policy
- Program (Re)Commissioning Process
- Program Policy Briefs
- Program Policy Brief 2019 A Jazz Experience
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Across the Tracks
- Program Policy Brief 2019 After Hours
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Aladdin’s Cave
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Arts Cafe
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Arts Diary
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Bach Hour
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Classical Mood
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Concert Hall
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Down in the Basement
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Early Music Experience
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Friday Night Live
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Movie Club
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Music Collector
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Music Works
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Sounds Folk (Patchwork)
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Soundspace
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Artstarter (Sounds Early)
- Program Policy Brief 2019 Sounds Classical
- Program Policy Brief 2019 World Vibe
- Transitioning from Trainee to Presenter
- Proposal for a New Program
- Policy on Returning to the Air after Time Away
- Volunteers & Members
- Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice
- ArtSound Community Participation
- Diversity, Discrimination, (Sexual) Harassment, and Bullying Policies
- ArtSound Conflict of Interest Policy
- ArtSound Disciplinary Policy
- ArtSound Financial Governance Policy
- ArtSound Grievance Policy
- ArtSound Sponsorship Policy
Board Members 2019-20
Wal Jurkiewicz, president
Wal is a long-time member of ArtSound who joined the Board in February 2018, and served as Acting President from May 2020 to his election as President in August 2020. Canberra raised and educated, Wal has had a long and varied career since graduating from the ANU in 1969 and then from Sydney University in 1970 with a Diploma in Education. He later completed a First Class Honours degree in Arts at the University of Wollongong (1973) and a Bachelor of Legal Studies at Macquarie University in 1994.
Wal then taught in Wollongong and Mittagong before becoming an official with the Independent Teachers Association in the 1980s. After completing a law degree at Macquarie University in 1991 he returned to Canberra to work on a national education project to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Australia. After that he became a commercial lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor for four years before being recruited to Clayton Utz, a national law firm, where he became a partner. In 2004, he opened his own practice and operated it until he semi-retired in late 2018.
His long love of music – and collecting it – has taken in jazz, folk, blues, and classical music. He plays a variety of instruments, including mandolin in the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra and the Dante Music Viva Italian Choir. He also plays piano with a local jazz band, as well as the guitar.
Bianca Russell, vice president
A collaborative, strategically and commercially astute Senior Executive, with an established background providing executive leadership, corporate governance, financial management, operations governance, organisational growth, strategic planning, and strategic corporate philanthropy, across the non-for-profit sector.
A transformative leader, Bianca possesses an accomplished background leading the culture change management from the top down through an organisation, establishing a professional environment that fosters high quality client outcomes through positive output, enjoyment, collaboration, and operational excellence.
Bianca actively coordinates and manages charitable programs to promote engagement to a diverse audience, strengthening brand awareness and building positive relationships with the wider community.
The presenter of Arts Café on ArtSound FM several days a week, Neil is a member of ArtSound’s program committee. He has had a long career in public and community radio in Australia, as a founding member of the Progressive Music Broadcasting Association (which began 5MMM-FM, now 3D Radio) and then with 2XX and 2SER as he moved around the country establishing a career in IT. As a Life Member of the Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation, he plans to leverage his extensive network in Canberra’s arts community to expand ArtSound as an important element in the region’s arts and cultural life. As a past member of public radio station boards, he understands the critical link between station identity and listener engagement. He holds qualifications from University of South Australia and Australian Graduate School of Management, and is a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society.
Betsy Dixon, board secretary
An American-born naturalised Australian, Betsy has lived and worked all around the world. She migrated to Australia in 1996 and, after some years in Brisbane and Indonesia, settled in Canberra in 2002. With a background in administration and organisation that has encompased both the private and public sectors and has included managing events, public speaking, media, and publicity, she has experience as a board member of a number of community organisations. In Canberra, she has been involved in such community activities as Neighbourhood Watch, Dragon Boat ACT, the Parish Council of the All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie, and the Rotary Club of Canberra. She works as the Office and Venue Manager for ThinkPlace, a strategic design company in Barton.
Chris Deacon OAM
A musician as well as co-founder, major donor, and life member of ArtSound, Chris has contributed in Board, management, and voluntary technical roles since 1983. His key roles have included securing ArtSound’s broadcast licence, acquiring studio and transmission sites, fundraising, and training including during periods as (past) General Manager and (current) Manager Technology. For his work at ArtSound and other stations, he received an Order of Australia (2009), the Technorama Life Achievement Award (2018), and several awards for excellence in broadcast programming and engineering. He has hosted weekly specialist music programs (“Friday Night Live” and “The Musicworks”) and recorded and broadcast concerts for more than three decades. Since 2019, he has provided honorary technical services including remote operation during the Covid-19 pandemic while also programming the Senior Memories Service, scheduling ArtSound’s syndicated programs, relocating the transmission site, and implementing DAB+ digital radio. Chris is a Board member of Technorama Inc., the national association of community broadcasting engineers, and a grant assessor to the Community Broadcasting Foundation, and provides technical services to Canberra’s multicultural station 1CMS.
A resident of Canberra for 50 years, he holds such roles as consultant on international space and telecommunications issues,and was formerly a satellite advisor to Telstra and senior telecommunications and broadcasting strategist in the Department of Communications.
Active at ArtSound in programming and other areas, Peter is a journalist who has covered academic research and administration for a national newspaper in the US since 1984 and film preservation around the world since 2010 as editor of Moving Image Archive News. He has been: associate director of the award-winning documentary film Walls and the Tiger (2015), about Indian villagers’ devastating loss of land and livelihoods to “economic development”; librettist of Space in the Heart, a “jazzopera” produced at Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle (2008) and off-Broadway at Symphony Space, New York (2010) with William O. “Bill” Smith (Paris Prize, Rome Prize); 10-year Seattle community radio presenter of jazz, new music, and other genres; 10-year editor of Earshot Jazz monthly; and board member (1994-2004, now emeritus) of Earshot Jazz, a presenting/advocacy organisation.
Shaina Symmans, treasurer
Born and raised in Queensland, Shaina relocated to Canberra in 2016 as a requirement of her appointment into the Australian Defence Force. Despite her transition out of service and the public sector, she stayed in Canberra and has since come to recognise and love its community as home. After leaving the ADF, she studied for a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at the University of Canberra and is now on track to obtain her Chartered Accountants qualification. Shaina now works alongside a wealth of knowledge in the private, professional services industry at a reputable accounting firm in Canberra. Her role as a Senior Accountant in the business services team provides significant experience in taxation compliance and maintaining strong client relationships to provide tailored advice that helps small and medium business achieve their goals. Resonating with the firm’s core values, she is passionate about working closely with clients beyond simply providing accounting services. Shaina’s career will bring a broad technical understanding of business services accounting and keen attention to detail to her role as the ArtSound Treasurer. She is dedicated to the ongoing strategic financial management and growth of the organisation. This, coupled with her passion for the community, confirms her determination to preserve our organisation for future generations to enjoy.