Support Act has announced that Millie Millgate has been appointed as a Director of Support Act Limited, representing Founding Member, AMCOS. She replaces Leah Flanagan, who has stepped down after 5 years on the Board.
As Executive Producer of Sounds Australia, Millie is responsible for the roll out and representation of the Australian music industry at key international music events and has been instrumental in the growth of Australian music worldwide, having overseen the marketing, networking and showcasing activity undertaken at 80 different international events (many multiple times), in 69 cities, across 25 countries since 2009.
Millie honed her experience and entry in to the music industry in 1995 as the Entertainment Manager for Macquarie University Union before going on to hold executive positions with both MusicNSW and the Association of Artist Managers (AAM).
Prior to becoming the foundation employee with Sounds Australia, Millie spent a decade working in Artist Management and booking two of Australia’s most iconic live music venues – The Hopetoun and The Annandale Hotel.
“We are delighted to welcome Millie to the Board,” said Sally Howland, Chair of Support Act. “She has such an incredible breadth of experience in the music industry and has done an amazing job in promoting Australian music internationally through her work with Sounds Australia.”
“She is a critical thinker with huge amounts of energy and a great personality, and we know she will be a great asset to the Board,” said Howland.
Millie said that she is deeply honoured to be joining the Support Act Board. “Support Act has always been an important organisation, however I truly hadn’t realised just how much so, until the singer/songwriter for the first band I ever managed was diagnosed with cancer in 2014,” she said.
“The care, attention and support shown to Ash, his family and friends during that critical time and when he passed was astounding to witness and really cemented my understanding of Support Act’s special and invaluable role in our sector.”
“I look forward to playing a small role in the coming years alongside fellow board members and the incredible management and staff, as now more than ever before, significant and meaningful support for our industry remains paramount,” said Millgate.
Sally also paid tribute to the outstanding contribution made by Leah Flanagan, particularly in guiding the organisation to becoming more culturally aware of the needs of First Nations Artists artists, crew and music workers, and in helping to shape key policy and strategic initiatives that led to the appointment of our first Indigenous Community Engagement / Social Worker in August of this year.
The Board of Support Act has also announced that Lynne Small has become the Deputy Chair. Lynne represents Founding Member ARIA and is current Company Secretary.
For more information about Support Act, visit: www.supportact.org.au for details.
Image: Millie Millgate (supplied)