Music Victoria Announces New CEO: 'The Right Person To Drive Our Sector Back To Growth'

17 February 2021 | 9:14 am | Staff Writer

"We’re thrilled to have her at the helm."

The Music Victoria Board has today announced Simone Schinkel as its next CEO.

Following the departure of Patrick Donovan who held the role for 10 years, Schinkel joins the state peak body for contemporary music having previously worked as General Manager at Theatre Network Australia.

"When I got this gig, I celebrated by grabbing a drink at the Lomond Hotel and checking in on their live music situation. I can’t wait to be more than just a punter," Schinkel said.

"I’m looking forward to building on the impressive work of Paddy and Dale, and to driving the lasting change that is needed to see Victorian music flourish again."

Music Victoria Chair Sally Howland added, "In Simone we have found the person to lead our organisation and sector through its next critical stage.

"COVID -19 has decimated our industry and Simone is absolutely the right person to drive our sector back to growth. Her astute thinking and  demonstrated abilities at capacity building gives the Music Victoria Board every confidence that she will be an ardent advocate on behalf of our membership, our stakeholders and our wider music community.

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"We’re thrilled to have her at the helm."

Schinkel will officially take over as Music Victoria CEO on 8 March.