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

Daniel Prior, treasurer

Julie Finch-Scally, board secretary

Chris Deacon OAM

Betsy Dixon

Neil Doody

Patricia Georgee

Sarah Grey

Peter Monaghan

 

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 admin@artsound.fm or by phoning 02 6295 7444.

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.

Daniel Prior, treasurer

With expertise in buyer-supplier relationships and developing new strategies for organisations, Daniel is an academic at the University of New South Wales Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy and member of UNSW Cyber. He has held appointments at Cranfield University (UK) and the University of Texas at Austin (USA). At Cranfield between 2017 and 2019, he was Professor of Strategic Sales Management, Co-Director of the Centre for Strategic Marketing and Sales, Director of the Executive MBA, and Director of the Key Account Management and Strategic Sales Forum. He has worked as a marketing strategy consultant to companies and organisations large and small, particularly in leading new initiatives to engage clients, customers, and volunteers through dialogue, purposeful new activities, and community building. He has served on several not-for-profit boards (SIDs and Kids ACT, Red Nose Ltd., Kirinari Early Childhood Ltd., Ngunnawal Primary School) and university boards and committees.

Julie Finch-Scally, board secretary

Julie Finch-Scally has a lengthy background in the media. She has worked in both radio and television, in Australia and the UK, was part of the team in the 1970s that established the Sydney Community Radio Station 2RDJ-FM. She started her own cleaning organisation, The Duster Dollies, which became an Australian-wide franchised company and ran for 25 years. Julie is also known for her magazine articles and books on cleaning and information on the preparation of property for sale and leasing.

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.

Betsy Dixon

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.

Neil Doody

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.

Patricia Georgee

“I am a long term Canberra resident; moving here in 1987. Of course, I came for work, from South Australia, but originally I was born in Townsville. I worked in the Commonwealth mainly as a lawyer and retired a few years ago. However I have a long and deep interest in music, I have sung in choirs, performed in musical theatre and am now learning the flute. What I hope to be able to bring to the Board is my long experience in administration and a bit of legal knowledge. This is my second time with ArtSound as I did some presentations in the early 2000s with a focus on spoken word and classical music.”

Sarah Grey

A Canberra flautist and honours graduate of the ANU School of Music, Sarah is the co-founder and principal flute of the Australian Wind Symphony, and the founder of her own arts funding initiative, Armchair Philanthropy. She also holds a grad cert in publishing and editing. She has been widely involved with music production over the last 20 years in Canberra, ranging from classical ensemble performing to community music. For six years, she was the conductor of the John Agnew Band, and for nine years she was a manager at Canberra Music Tuition. She is pursuing research in arts funding while continuing to work full time on Armchair Philanthropy and Australian Wind Symphony.

Peter Monaghan

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.

 

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