The Creative Industries Advisory Board (CIAB) is responsible, under delegated authority from the Board of Directors, for providing high level strategic advice on the relevance of creative industry opportunities and expectations of graduates to inform and guide Institute engagement with professional music, arts and entertainment activities in support of AIM’s Mission, Vision and Values. 




General Manager & CFO, Australian Independent Record Association (AIR)

Maria Amato is the General Manager of the Australian Independent Record Labels (AIR) and the founder of Results Management, a company she founded in 1994 to provide management accounting services to a broad range of clients. Maria is also the Chair of the Creative Industries Advisory board for the Australian Institute of Music. Maria has over 25 years’ experience in the arts, entertainment and not-for-profit sectors and was formerly board member and Treasurer of Music Victoria and CEO/CFO of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).

External Industry Expert


General Manager Australasian Music Publishers Association Ltd. (AMPAL)

Matthew is the General Manager of the Australasian Music Publishers' Association Limited (AMPAL).  Matthew holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws.

External Industry Expert



Executive Director, Association of Artist Managers (AAM)

Leanne de Souza has over 25 years’ experience in the Australian music industry, working in artist management and events, representing various high profile and award winning contemporary musicians.

External Academic Expert


Director, Foresight Consulting

Nonie Malone is a consultant specialising in public policy and governance.  She works with governments across Australia and New Zealand and beyond and has worked with arts policy and funding bodies. She has also developed, and continues to deliver for the University of Queensland, a work-readiness program for final-year undergraduate students who wish to work in public policy.

External Industry Expert



Executive Director: Australian Guild of Screen Composers

Biography forthcoming.

CIAB Member


Director of Sales & Marketing

Jerry’s experience in the post-secondary education sector spans over 20 years with a majority of those in sales and marketing roles within institutions in Australia, United States of America and New Zealand. His experience in the student recruitment scene has lead him to receiving the 2015 Global Product Services Awards for Leadership by Laureate Education in recognition for his contribution towards the student enrolment growth within the organisation.

CIAB Member



AIM Chief Executive Officer

Guy Bentley has worked in both the hospitality and education industries for over thirty-five years in numerous leadership positions.
In 2015, he was awarded the Ashley Spencer Award for 'Service to the Industry' at the HM awards. In 2011, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Accommodation Association of Australia for his contribution to Industry Education.

CIAB Member


Director of Academic Affairs

Alistair studied a Masters Degree in Musicology, based upon extensive archival research. Alistair found that music analysis is a way to bring together many of his diverse interests in composition, performance, and critique of music. Alistair completed his PhD at the Australian National University.




Head of Quality, Planning & Registration

Chair Nominee, Course Review & Advisory Committee

Patrick has composed music for the 2008-2010 'Australian of the Year' ceremonies for Channel Nine; also collaborating with ‘Roving Enterprises’ to compose music for ‘The Project’ on Channel 10. Patrick is also actively involved in Interactive and Adaptive Learning, curriculum development and course design.


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