Meet the VMDO Staff
Bonnie Dalton | General Manager
Bonnie Dalton is the General Manager of the brand new Victorian Music Development Office, where she will be responsible for working with artists and the businesses that support them, to foster sustainable music industry careers and partnering with music organisations and businesses. Prior to the VMDO, Bonnie worked predominantly as an artist manager but also across events, production, and programming. A recipient of the Lighthouse Award for management, she has previously worked with Little Red, The Vasco Era and more recently Ali Barter and Oscar Dawson. She was the producer of the Melbourne St Jerome’s Laneway Festival for ten years, worked in senior management at Falls Festival and has programmed line-ups at a range of festivals and events from Low Light, Queenscliff to Melbourne’s House of Vans.
Katie Stewart | Music Business Manager
Katie Stewart is the Music Business Manager at the Victorian Music Development Office. Previously, she was the General Manager of Lunatic Entertainment and St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
Katie’s experience in event management has been quite diverse over the years, evolving from managing local event volunteers through to overseeing all festival departments. She also has international experience in live music and touring, having advanced many international tours for the likes of The Temper Trap, Gotye and CHVRCHES and joining them on the road in as Tour Manager/Assistant Tour Manager. She was named as one of the New Bosses for 2016 in the IQ Magazine Awards.
Katie’s favourite festival experiences globally include Coachella, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Roskilde, Sonar Barcelona and Fuji Rock. On the bucket list includes Primavera, Form Arcosanti and Austin City Limits.
Neil Morris | Music Business Manager, First Peoples
Neil Morris is a Yorta Yorta man, born and raised on Yorta Yorta country around the towns of Shepparton and Mooroopna. He has a very powerful connection to the landscape and his culture. It is central to his being and how he functions in this world and led him to return to Shepparton in 2010 after a number of years away, and to start working on projects, on country and with fellow Yorta Yorta peoples. A musician, who performs as DRMGNOW, Neil regularly performs across a range of venues and festivals. Neil also hosts an incredible program on Triple R called Still Here which showcases some of the best indigenous music on the airwaves. It is a strong passion of Neil’s to provide a platform for non Indigenous people to be exposed to Indigenous culture, and also have an appreciation of this fostered. He has actively pursued this endeavour and has been involved in this through work with organisations like Multicultural Arts Victoria, SheppARTon Festival and more.
Sianne van Abkoude | Communications Coordinator
Sianne is an Alice Springs export (with a few years in Adelaide between then and now). An avid member of the Australian music community, and a new member of the Melbourne one, Sianne is excited to be contributing to the VMDO team as Communications Coordinator.
She is an illustrator, designer, DIY enthusiast and recent Music Industry Pathways mentee at The Push. You can generally find her persisting with her passion-project Extended Family or as part of the Girls Rock! Australia team as Co-Director of Girls Rock! Adelaide.