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ARIA Board Members

 

Denis Handlin, AM
ARIA Chairman

 

Denis is the Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia. He commenced his career with the company in 1970 and has been leading it since 1984. 

 

Denis has a deep involvement in the music industry. He has served on the committees of several industry associations and has held various positions including Chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and of the Australian Record Industry Association.  He is the current Chairman of ARIA, a position he has held over many years since the early 90s including for 10 consecutive years from 1999 - 2008. 

 

In November 2012, Denis was elected to the position of Vice Chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Asia Regional Board and in November 2014, Denis was elected as Chairman of the IFPI Asia Pacific Board.

 

In May 1996, Denis became the first Australian and the first Sony Music Entertainment executive to be honoured with the CEO Special Recognition Award presented by Sony Corporation’s Chairman and CEO Norio Ohga.

 

Denis is the co-founder of the Sony Foundation which was established in 1998 and has raised $20 million for youth based causes. He is also very proud to be Patron of the Youth off the Streets Scholarship Program since its inaugural year in 2004.  He is also an inaugural board member of the Ricky Stuart Foundation established in 2012 to raise funds to establish awareness and services for autism.

 

In the Australia Day 2005 Honours List, Denis was made a Member of the Order of Australia receiving “AM” in recognition of his service to the music industry, particularly through the promotion of Australian musicians, to professional organisations in the industry and for the work he has done in the community for charitable organisations.

 

In June 2009, Denis received from the peak Composer and Music Publisher organisation APRA, their prestigious Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to the Music Industry.

 

In April 2012, Denis received the "Label Executive of the Year - Major" award from the Worldwide Radio Summit Industry Awards held in Los Angeles. 

 

Denis was awarded the ARIA Industry Icon Award by the ARIA Board in November 2014. The award is made in recognition of Denis’ outstanding contribution to the development of the Australian music industry, in particular Australian artists and industry copyright and reform matters.

 

Denis is renowned for his highly competitive spirit and his championing of local talent. Under his leadership, Australian artists such as Men At Work, Midnight Oil, Daryl Braithwaite, John Farnham, Delta Goodrem, Silverchair, Tina Arena, Human Nature, Pete Murray, Rogue Traders, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Timomatic, Justice Crew and The Veronicas have achieved international recognition and success.

 

Denis has been married to his wife Jan for longer than he has been leading Sony Music. They have been married for 37 years and have six children.

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George Ash
ARIA Board Member

George Ash is the Managing Director of Universal Music Australia (UMA), a division of the Universal Music Group.

Prior to George's current position with Universal Music Australia, he held positions as Managing Director, Universal Music NZ, Managing Director, MCA Geffen NZ and held key management roles at BMG NZ. George has also held roles in Polygram Manufacturing and in the Retail sector.

George's passion for the music industry began as a musician and has spanned 25 years including holding a variety of roles in key industry bodies within the NZ Industry before relocating to Australia in his current role in 2001.

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David Vodicka
ARIA Board Member

David Vodicka is the managing director of the Rubber Group of Companies which includes independent record label Rubber Records and music publisher Rubber Music Publishing. He is also Principal of entertainment law firm Media Arts Lawyers and has had extensive experience with 20 years practice representing all facets of the music industry.

He is a passionate advocate for local music and creative industries and in addition to his position on the ARIA Board, he is presently also chairman of the board of AIR (Australian Independent Record labels association), a current board member of MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival), the Vice President of the WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) and is also a board member of PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia).   

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Sebastian Chase
ARIA Board Member

Sebastian is the founder MGM Distribution, one of Australia’smost diverse distributors of Australian music, working with many indie  artists including John Butler, The Waifs and The Beautiful Girls. He has played an  integral role in the evolution of Australian music, starting his career by managing legendary bands such as Rose Tattoo, Dragon and the early days of Cold Chisel.

In the 80s, Sebastian established Chase Records, a pioneer at offering major distribution (via CBS, now Sony BMG) to other independent labels such as Survival Records. From there, he established rooArt Records together with Chris Murphy & Justin Van Stom, leaving in the 90s to become a partner in Phantom Records. He later went on to found the Black Yak label in partnership with Tim Freedman from The Whitlams.

Sebastian has become a key advisor to some of Australia’s most iconic talents and his DIY model is changing the way independent artists bring their music to the fans.

 

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Dan Rosen
ARIA Chief Executive Officer

Dan Rosen brings with him valuable experience across digital media, law, policy and music. Prior to joining ARIA as CEO, Rosen was based in New York working as Head of Americas for KIT Digital, a NASAQ listed digital media company.  Before leaving for the States, Dan worked as an Advisor to the Minister of Communications, Richard Alston, responsible for broadband and innovation policy after starting his career as a lawyer, specializing in media and technology, with Minter Ellison.

Rosen has been on both sides of the music business; his band ‘Second Dan’ won Triple J Unearthed in 2003 and has since independently released two albums and toured throughout the US and Australia. He continues to write and produce music.

Rosen was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to complete his Masters of International Law and Business at New York University. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University in Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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