• Dr Gary Holgate
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    Dr Gary Holgate
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    Postgraduate Program
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Strengthen your thinking with robust entrepreneurial strategies 


    Your Master of Arts and Entertainment Management will speak volumes:
    • Explore, develop and express your creativity through advanced critical thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation that allows you to better navigate the dynamics and ever-changing facets of the arts and entertainment industry.
    • Develop your high level professional, leadership, collaboration and global skills with a program that balance robust business strategies with blue sky entrepreneurial thinking; recognising that innovation is key to developing new markets and ways how art and entertainment are consumed.
    • Develop your research, analytical and writing skills, as well as critical and creative thinking
    • Explore more through electives that amplify and extend your experience in other fields
    • Be guided and mentored by industry experts who are determined to help you grow as a performer and will support you through your academic research

    Download our Program Guide for course structure and subject details.


    The Master of Arts and Entertainment Management will not only allow you to specialise and further progress in your chosen musical career, it will also open up the possibility of further career options in the leadership or management positions and subject details.


    Applicants applying for Postgraduate Studies in Music must:

    • Provide copies of academic transcripts of previous study for us to keep (these copies must be in English). If you do not have a relevant undergraduate degree, you must provide evidence of professional work in your desired field.
    • Provide a copy of your Passport or Birth Certificate.
    • Provide a resume (in English) that covers all previous music study, experiences and interests.
    • Provide copies of any certificates or references that may support your application to study at AIM.
    • All International Applicants must submit an IELTS (or Equivalent) of 6.5 with no overall band score less than 6.0.
    • Complete online Application Form


    Please also refer to individual department graduate entry requirements as follows:

    • Audio
    • Composition & Music Production
    • Classical Performance
    • Music Theatre
    • Contemporary Performance

    For more information on the specific entry and admissions processes relevant to your program of interest and your student status, please follow the links below:

    Domestic Students

    How to Apply

    Admissions Criteria


    International Students

    How to Apply

    Admissions Criteria

    Dr Alistair Noble
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    Dr Alistair Noble

    • Leadership

      Executive Dean of Academic Affairs

    • Campus

      Sydney & Melbourne

    • Departments

    Dr Alistair Noble began his life in music as a pianist, studying with Isobel Grigor, Alan Jenkins, and Larry Sitsky. A subsequent interest in the work of Winifred Burston (a remarkable Australian pianist who had studied with Busoni in Berlin) led to a Masters Degree in musicology, based upon extensive archival research. Alongside this historical research, Alistair found that music analysis is a way to bring together many of his diverse interests in composition, performance, and critique of music. A PhD in this field, completed at the Australian National University, presented groundbreaking work on the music of American composer Morton Feldman.

    Alistair taught in the School of Music at the Australian National University for some years, in musicology, music theory, analysis, composition, and chamber music. He served as Head of Theory and Convenor of Graduate Studies. As an award-winning PhD supervisor, he has enjoyed working with many graduate-level researchers in a wide range of music-related areas and also in cognate fields such as film studies. He has been a guest-lecturer in many places, including the University of the Philippines, the Colloquium of the Paul Sacher Foundation, UNSW, and National Taiwan University. While at ANU, Alistair served for three years as  Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences. 

    In 2013, Alistair published his updated Feldman research as Composing Ambiguity: the early music of Morton Feldman (Ashgate), which has been acclaimed internationally as a fundamentally important publication in this field.  

    During 2014, Alistair was an invited Visiting Associate Professor in the College of Music at the National Taiwan Normal University, teaching orchestration, composition, and graduate seminars in the analysis of pop music and the sociology of music. While in Taiwan, he had the opportunity to accompany colleagues on fieldwork trips to several remote indigenous villages during major festivals, in addition to experiencing first-hand a wide range of musical performances, including Beijing-style operas, Taiwanese Nanguan, and the interesting local noise/sound-art scenes (about which Alistair has since published articles). 

    In December 2015, he lectured on post-tonal music at the first Melbourne Music Analysis Summer School, held at Medley Hall, University of Melbourne. Recent compositions include the Glasteppich series (three pieces for piano, flute, and string orchestra) premiered by Arcko Symphonic with Michael Kieran Harvey and Kim Tan in December 2014, and Hauteurs/Temps (2015) for viola and percussion, to be premiered by Phoebe Green and Leah Scholes in 2016.

    Dr Alistair Noble
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      Mark Ashton

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        Academic Lecturer

      • Campus


      • Departments

      Mark comes from a background in Event Management and Digital Marketing, having previously worked at the Sydney Opera House and not-for-profit charity organisation Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. Mark has worked on a wide range of projects, from the complexities and extravagance of big budget productions such as Vivid LIVE, to small scale fundraisers run on a shoestring budget.

      These days Mark is Co-Founder, Operations/Business Development at IMPAK Records, a boutique Artist Management and Label Services company tailored for emerging artists.  In these roles he oversees all aspects of the business, with a particular emphasis on growth strategies for developing artists’ careers, social media & digital marketing, as well as business development. 

      In addition, Mark works as the Program Leader for the Entertainment & Arts Management Department at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. As well as supervising the administrative operations of the department, he also enjoys applying his real world experiences into a classroom context, teaching several units of study.

      Mark loves his tech, gadgets and guitars - and has a wildly irrational mistrust of anyone who doesn’t like Radiohead.