Research Team


Richard Vella is Chair and Professor of Music at the University of Newcastle, Conservatorium of Music.  He has composed music for a wide variety of genres and forms.  Significant works have been The A to Z of Spiritual Music: a user’s guide, (see produced by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (2006) and his co-production of the Warners international release Larger than Life (2003). He received the nomination ‘Best Music for a Feature Film’ by the Australian Film Institute for his score to the feature film Travelling Light (2003). His book Musical Environments (Currency Press 2000), was republished in 2003 as Sounds in Space Sounds in Timeby Boosey & Hawkes, UK. Vella directs the interdisciplinary research group Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR).


Stephen is Professor of International Business at the University of Newcastle. He has been involved in research on creative industries since his PhD research on the emerging multimedia industry over twenty years ago. His research specialises in the interplay between technology, innovation and entrepreneurial strategies in the creation of novel global business models.


Associate Professor Shane Homan teaches in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University, Melbourne. He has published five books on the popular music industries, including the 2015 Routledge publicationPopular Music and the State: Policy Notes (with Martin Cloonan and Jen Cattermole). He has been involved in 15 commissioned projects working with local, state and federal governments on popular music and the cultural industries. He is a member of the Contemporary Music National Roundtable and the Victoria Live Music Roundtable. Shane is also currently starting an Australian Research Council project, Interrogating the music city: Cultural economy and popular music with Seamus O’Hanlon, John Tebbutt (Monash) and Cath Strong (RMIT).

MILLIE MILLGATE - Partner Investigator

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, including; SXSW, The Great Escape, Canadian Music Week, MIDEM, CMJ, FAI, Americana and Music Matters.

She has been instrumental in the growth of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA worldwide, having overseen the marketing, networking and showcasing activity undertaken at 54 different international events (many multiple times), in 53 cities, across 19 countries since 2009.

In 2012 Millie was honoured by Sydney’s FBi Radio Station with the “SMAC of Year” Award, in recognition of her efforts with Australian musicians internationally, was inducted into the Yearly Music Conference Awards, UK (YMCA) Hall of Fame for Outstanding Achievement: Music Export and has placed in the Top 10 of the AMID ‘POWER 50’ list since its inception in 2012.

TRACY REDHEAD - Senior Research Assistant / Project Manager

Tracy is a musician, composer and researcher. Her last solo Album received 4 stars in the Sydney Morning Herald and single “Where it Fits” received 10,000+ downloads. She completed a Master of Arts by Research in 2013 where she designed her own interactive music app to investigate how audiences might interact. In 2014 she was awarded a PhD APA scholarship to compose and produce contemporary music that explores interactive technologies.

Now based in Linz Austria, she recently received a European Commission funded Music Bricks Incubation Award. She has worked on various projects including The International Space Time Concerto and was the founder of VROOM (Venue Resource of Original Music). She has held positions as Lecturer in Master of  Music Technology and Creative Industries programs, Executive officer for the MMF (Music Managers Forum) and NACTMUS (National Council of Tertiary Music Schools), Administrator for Melody Management (Hoodoo Gurus) and Project Manager at MusicNSW.


Scott Saunders has had a successful career in music spanning over three decades as; composer, performer, musical director, producer and educator. He is best known as the founder of dig (aka: Direction in Groove), a band that remains highly respected for their unique contribution to Australian musical culture. Dig recently performed at the 2016 APRA awards. He has composed and produced many scores for screen, music and sound design for theatre productions and been Composer/Musical Director on Large-scale community works for the Queensland Music Festival and Festival of Sydney.

Scott teaches The Australian Institute of Music, The University of Western Sydney and University of Technology Sydney. Currently he is developing a music project with DJ and Producer Peret Mako. He is a Master of Philosophy (Music) University of Newcastle with his thesis on the topic of “The Aesthetics of Groove” and is now a PhD candidate.