The Australian Recording Industry Association has announced the appointment of four women to its previously all-male Board. Libby Blakey, Business Affair Director at Warner Music Australia; Karen Don, Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, Australia and New Zealand at Universal Music Australia; Sophie McArthur, General Manager, Digital & Business Development Australia, New Zealand & Asia at Sony Music Entertainment; and Natalie Waller, Head of ABC Music & Events, have all been appointed to the ARIA Board following changes to the Constitution last November that allow for a larger Board and were designed to increase diversity and inclusiveness. Prior to these appointments, the ARIA Board had historically only included two women, Vicki Gordon and Bonita Boezeman.

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ARIA has also announced that Emily Crews, who is Head of Synchronisation at Warner Music Australia, has been selected as the inaugural participant for the ARIA Observership program. The program aims to provide professional development experience for rising talent within ARIA member companies. As part of the program, Crews will observe all 2019 ARIA Board meetings.

“I congratulate Emily on becoming the inaugural participant for the ARIA Observership program. ARIA is pleased to be able to offer Emily this unique opportunity and we look forward to her joining us at our Board meetings in 2019,” Dan Rosen, Chief Executive of ARIA said. “I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Libby, Karen, Sophie and Natalie to the ARIA Board of Directors. It is extremely exciting to have four of our industry’s most respected and passionate people to bring their experience to the ARIA Board.”