Sounds Australia has today announced two big additions to its team.
The national music export program has confirmed the appointment of Aussie songwriter Leah Flanagan as its First Nations Export Producer and Larry Heath as Associate Producer.
Sounds Australia say Flanagan "will provide decision-making, advice, engagement and guidance to Sounds Australia’s export strategy, ensuring cultural protocols and processes in promoting Indigenous artists internationally is practiced".
"I am thrilled to join the Sounds Australia team in a role where I am able to focus my energy towards assisting our First Nations artists feel artistically and culturally in control of the way they present themselves when showcasing to international music markets," Flanagan said.
Meanwhile, Heath joins Sounds Australia having most recently worked as A&R Manager for international publisher Music Sales.
“Already the insights and knowledge Leah has contributed is making a difference and with her leadership we look forward to seeing a significant increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists showcasing and industry practitioners attending international showcase events," Sounds Australia Executive Producer Millie Millgate said.
"Larry’s passion and belief in Australian music is unwavering and his international networks are as diverse as they are extensive. After many years of working alongside and watching Larry in action we are tickled pink to be welcoming him to the Sounds Australia team.”
Flanagan and Heath will commence their new roles next week in New Orleans at the Indigenous Music Summit and Folk Alliance International respectively.