About us

About us

QMF is a strategic music agency that helps communities unlock the power of music to create a brighter future

#A Message from our CEO

Most of you know Queensland Music Festival as a biennial event that started in 1999 and has since engaged over 1 million people in more than 100 Queensland places. 

But as time has progressed, we’ve become so much more than a festival that happens every two years. We’ve also developed and delivered year-round community engagement, artist development and music education programs, and assisted with the launch of the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN). We’re also currently finalising the details of two significant new initiatives that will define the future of our work with Queensland communities...

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#Music brings people together, encourages participation and inspires change.

This makes music a critical tool in the effort to create a more cohesive, adaptive and vibrant society. 

The QMF team is an expert collective, brought together by the shared belief that music’s potential value to our society is yet to be fully realised.

The programs we facilitate are typically partnerships between leading artists and arts organisations, local communities, government, corporate and philanthropic partners. 

We like to think that we tie it all together.

#We deliver music initiatives that


Reimagine our places


Empower and elevate First Nations people


Diversify regional economies


Contribute to community health and wellbeing


Channel funds directly to artists, artsworkers and suppliers

#Our History

The Queensland Music Festival was created in 1999 to give all Queenslanders access to world-class live music. We have worked with leading artists and communities to produce signature events, tours, and mass-participation music experiences; created innovative public music installations; and commissioned 65 new works based on Queensland stories.

QMF’s remit has evolved over the past 20 years to incorporate a diverse range of music programs that respond to Queensland’s social, cultural and economic challenges. Our present transformation from biennial festival organisation to strategic music agency is a natural progression of this evolution, and a response to the demand for engaging, innovative solutions to the complex problems of today.

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#Our commitment to our First Nations peoples

QMF respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, waters and communities on which QMF and Queensland Music Trails events take place. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country on whose land works are created, performed and celebrated by QMF and Queensland Music Trails. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

We recognise the importance of First Nations leadership and collaboration, and we commit to walking together on a journey of shared learning.

#Artist Ambassadors

QMF is proud to have the support and involvement of the brightest musical minds in the country.

#Our Team


His Excellency the Honourable 
Paul de Jersey AC

Governor of Queensland.



Alison Mobbs

Diat Alferink
Deputy Chair


Jane Williams

Prof Margaret Barrett


Executive Team

Joel Edmondson
Chief Executive Officer 

Katrina Torenbeek
Programming & Technical Director

Simon Buchanan
Business Development Director

Matt Langler
Marketing & Communications Director

Programming & Technical

Bridget Garay
First Nations Senior Managing Producer 

Kylie Mitchell
Senior Technical Manager

Pip Boyce
Managing Producer

Jane Jennison
Managing Producer

Kate Wilson
Managing Producer

Kat Harch
Technical Manager

Gerty Benjamin
Associate Producer

Gabby Gregory
Associate Producer

Ruby Newport
Associate Producer

Oliver Samson
Associate Producer

Rebecca Day
Emerging Producer

Joshua Welter
Emerging Producer

Business Development

Abigail Dennis
Senior Grants & Research Manager

Sue Nelson
Senior Partnerships Administrator

State Coordination Office

Jess Cuddihy

Madonna Davies
Regional Arts officer

Amber Lenoy
Digital Marketing Coordinator

Marketing & Communications

Liana Praekelt
Marketing Manager

Alex Komarowski
Marketing Coordinator

Finance & Administration

Jodi Kelly
Finance Manager

Peta Winters
Administration Manager