The Governance of ArtSound

ArtSound FM is an independent, creative 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.


Board of Management

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:

Betsy Dixon, president

Neil Doody, vice president

Gabe Caddy, board secretary

Peter Monaghan, treasurer

Chris Deacon OAM, manager technology

Songfa Liu

Bart Meehan

John Worcester

Consultant to the Board as Finance Manager: Andrew Clark

For more information on board membership, please contact the ArtSound Office at or by phoning 02 6295 7444.


Program Committee (as of March 2022)

Gabe Caddy, chair

Neil Doody

Peter Monaghan

Stuart Warner

John Worcester

If you would like to communicate with the Program Committee, to suggest program ideas or propose them, please write to



In this section of the ArtSound website, you will find a variety of documents relating to the management of the organization.

Board Members 2022-23

Betsy Dixon, president

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, vice president

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.

Gabe Caddy, secretary

Peter Monaghan, treasurer

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 Seattle presenting/advocacy organisation. On ArtSound, he presents “Jazz Frontiers” each Friday 10pm-midnight, coordinates “The ArtSound Recorded Music Society” (Saturday noon-1pm & Wednesday 4-5pm), produces “Poetry on the Radio,” a weekly segment on Arts Café, and is a member of the Program Committee.

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.

Songfa Liu

Songfa is a senior public servant and scientist (geologist) and enthusiastic supporter of the arts. He came to Australia from China in 1986 and has been a long time supporter of ArtSound, joined ArtSound’s board in 2021. He is active in ArtSound development and other activities. He is also the President of the Board of 1CMS, Canberra’s multicultural community radio station.

Bart Meehan

Bart Meehan is producer and host of Artsound Radio Theatre. He is also a writer, who has had a number of radio and short stage plays produced. Before retiring, Bart was a director of facilities and campus services at The Australian National University. He continues his connection with the ANU as a Visiting Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. In an earlier career, he was member of the Royal Australian Air Force, serving in several overseas posts in the Middle East and Asia. Bart was elected to the Artsound Board in 2022.

John Worcester

John Worcester previously joined the ArtSound Board as vice-president upon moving to Canberra in 2018. Hhe served as liaison to the Program Committee.

After joining 3MBS in Melbourne in 1975, John served as President, Secretary, and Director several times, most recently from 2011 to 2014 when he worked to repair many problems — financial, near-closure, massive disputes, policy re-establishment, and others. He oversaw two licence-renewal applications, development of a Policies and Procedures Handbook and a Quality & Standards Working Group, and much else. John still presents “Organ & Choral Music” on 3MBS on a three-monthly basis.

John was also active with CBAV (Community Broadcasting Association of Victoria) from 1982-2018, and Channel-31 (community television, 1996-2017, including as a board member and President). He has also been active at ethnic community station 3ZZZ (from 1997 including 6 years on 3ZZZ Council, and still presents the 3ZZZ Irish Program every three months via pre-recording), and 3WBC (community radio in Box Hill, from 1998 and still pre-records programs twice monthly). He has had leadership roles at all of those.

John has had ArtSound connections since its CSPR days in Curtin (his son, Bevis, was a presenter from 1998) and has been a member since 2010. He presents “Classical Mood” Friday afternoons, 2-4pm, and “Sounds Classical” on the third Sunday each month – and continues as a member of the Program Committee.

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