South Australia's music peak body, Music SA, has appointed a new General Manager, with Kim Roberts to take up her new post next month.
With 20 years experience across artist management, festival work and music media, as well as being actively involved within the local music scene (either performing in one of her two bands or regularly attending gigs), Ms Roberts has spent the previous two years as Head of Training at Music SA, specialising in curriculum development, e-learning and teaching of nationally accredited certificate level courses.
"I'm really looking forward to working with the board, the Music SA team and the wider music community," Ms Roberts says.
"As a long-standing advocate for local music, I'm genuinely excited to drive initiatives that promote, support and develop the local contemporary music industry."
Aside from being a musician, Kim is also a skilled administrator, IT professional and vocational trainer. "Kim is well known to us and widely respected within the industry," Music SA Chair Anne Wiberg says.
"Her appointment marks a new chapter for Music SA. At a time when the industry is facing some very big challenges, I am confident that Kim will be able to provide both continuity and new directions for the organisation."
Ms Roberts is relieving present CEO Lisa Bishop, who was appointed to the role in January 2015.
"The significant work Lisa has done over her five years with our organisation has put Music SA in a strong position for Kim to take up the reins," Ms Wiberg says, "and we wish Lisa the very best with her future endeavours."
Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni says: "Thank you to Lisa Bishop for her hard work and dedication over the past five years, and congratulations to Kim Roberts on her appointment as Music SA's new General Manager in what will be a critical time for South Australia's music industry.
"I look forward to Kim's contribution to Music SA, as she works in partnership with the State Government's Music Development Office, to support and develop musicians and music businesses across the state."