Virginia Braden OAMChairman

Virginia established her firm Arts Management Pty Limited in 1979, providing personal management for over one hundred and fifty Australian and international conductors, instrumentalists, singers, directors, designers and lighting designers and undertaking a number of projects in all fields of the Arts. She handed the firm on to new owners in 2008 and now works freelance.

Over time she has served on many boards including Deputy Chairman, then Chairman of the UK based International Artist Managers’ Association which has a membership of over 500 firms of artist managers worldwide and she has had an ongoing association with it;  Director of Opera Australia, Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and Director of Craft Australia.  She has had a long involvement with the management and governance of the Sydney International Piano Competition and was elected Chairman in 2017.

Virginia was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Arts Administration in 2010 and the 2021 International Society of the Performing Arts “Angel Award” for her contribution to the arts across all borders.  She is an Honorary Life Member of the International Artist Managers’ Association and the Australian Music Centre.