Melbourne, Australia: Jesse Hooper has been nominated to represent Australia’s songwriters and performers as a Writer Director on the APRA board this year.
The four-time ARIA-award-winning songwriter and performer is best known for founding the music groups Killing Heidi and The Verses, which achieved critical acclaim and multiple-platinum status.
In 2001 he won the APRA Song Writer Of The Year award with sister Ella Hooper, has penned eight top 20 hit singles including the number one single Mascara and number two album Reflector, and has toured with acts including Placebo, Fleetwood Mac, Counting Crows and INXS.
“In my professional work I have experienced great writing and performing support thanks to APRA and their wonderful staff over the years,” said Jesse.
“As an artist who emerged from a regional area, I understand the importance of advocating for writers and performers at all levels of the industry. APRA plays a vital role in supporting the domestic talent we have here in Australia and in taking our music to the world.
“I also have extensive experience in community arts and music programs, having worked with Multicultural Arts Victoria and The Artful Dodgers Studios in Collingwood for the past five years. The studios use songwriting, performance and production to engage some of the most disadvantaged young people across Victoria, including many refugee and asylum seeker musicians.
“I have recently taken a position at music college Collarts in Melbourne, where I oversee the song writing and performance streams. This work offers me the unique opportunity to nurture the next wave of musicians and songwriters in a progressive education context. The students’ creativity and writing talent constantly inspires me, and I am privileged to be in a position to share my experience in this way.”
“I am confident that I can draw upon my professional song writing, performing, community arts practice and my education roles to help bring a unique perspective to the APRA board. I would really value the opportunity to be a part of the APRA board to help sustain what is a great representative body for the craft we love.”
All APRA members are eligible to vote for the Board Positions. To vote in the election login to the APRA-AMCOS website and follow the board election prompt links.
If you’d like to know more about what Jesse has been up to, check out his website, which includes details of his community cultural development work and his work with Collarts, as well as personal projects and collaborations.