About us

About us

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

#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.

#Our Team


Her Excellency the Honourable 
Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM
Governor of Queensland.



Ann-Maree Willett

Darren Busine


Paul Lindstrom


Executive Team

Joel Edmondson
Chief Executive Officer 

Daryl Raven
Chief Operating Officer 

Katrina Torenbeek
Programming & Technical Director

Simon Buchanan
Business Development Director

Nicky Rowsell
Marketing & Communications Director 

Finance & Administration

Jodi Kelly Finance Manager

Peta Winters Administration Manager

Programming & Technical

Kerryanne Farrer
Executive Producer

Kylie Mitchell
Senior Technical Manager

Kate Wilson
Managing Producer

Gabby Gregory
Associate Producer

Kaylah Tyson
Producer - First Nations

Business Development

Abigail Dennis
Senior Grants & Research Manager

Matty Newton
Commercial Partnerships Manager

Sue Nelson
Senior Partnerships Administrator

Marketing & Communications

Liana Cassidy
Marketing Manager

#Join the team

Become part of an agency that helps communities unlock the power of music.

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