Gudinski Tops
Australia’s Power 50

 Michael Gudinski, executive of Mushroom Group, headed the Australasian Music Industry Directory’s annual Power 50.

Photo: Eva Rinaldi

The live music components of Gudinski’s wide array of interests include Frontier Touring Company (just toured The Rolling Stones, with Foo FightersNasPaolo Nutini and Alt-J among those on the books for 2015), as well as the Harbour, Premier Artists and Artist Voice agencies. 

Other holdings include Future Music and Sugar Mountain festivals, event promoter Agent Mad, Australian Tour Merchandise and Roundhouse Entertainment, which runs the successful A Day On The Green winery shows through Australia and New Zealand.

“It’s a great pride to be number one,” Gudinski said. “It [holds] great significance, because we’re an independent group which gives me more power to make decisions myself.”

Gudinski replaced Soundwave festival promoter AJ Maddah at the top of the list. Maddah dropped to No. 7 after a rocky year during which the Soundwave and Warped tours had poor showings in some cities and he gave up his stake in the Big Day Out festival.

Other promoters, artist managers and artists on the list include Chugg Entertainment executive chairman Michael Chugg at No. 2, Sia Furler at No. 3, Splendour In The Grass co-directors Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco at No. 5, Gotye co-manager Danny Rogers of Lunatic Entertainment at No. 11, Live Nation Australasia CEO and president Michael Coppel at No, 15, Artist Voice CEO Brett Murrihy at No. 16, Bluesfest founder Peter Noble at No. 17, Tame Impala manager Jodie Regan of Spinning Top Music at No. 18 and Totem Onelove Group director Dror Erez at No. 19.

The rest of the list includes Mushroom Group executive director Matt Gudinski (21), Dainty Group CEO Paul Dainty (24), AEG Ogden chairman and CEO Harvey Lister (25), Groovin The Moo festival co-directors Stephen Halpin and Rodney Little (26), Bossy Music management director Claire Collins (28), hip-hop artist and label executive Tim Levinson aka Urthboy (30), bluesman John Butler (32), Wonder Management founder Matt Emsell (35), Nick Cave (37), club promoter Boomtick director Liam Mazzucchelli (39), Tasmanian experimental music festival curators David Walsh and Brian Ritchie (40), Mellen Events managing director Brad Mellen (41), festival, promoter and venue operators Staple Group director Ben Turnbull (43), Iggy Azalea (47) and Groovin’ The Moo and Falls Festival programmer Richard Moffat (48).