Tracee Hutchison and Ian James join AIM

Journalist Tracee Hutchison, music publishing expert Ian James and music industry veteran Tim Kelly have joined the Australian Institute of Music’s reinvigorated team of music industry professionals, who will be connecting the university to the industry and enriching AIM’s academic faculty with a new level of industry expertise and insight.

“Tracee starts in the newly formed position of Head of Partnerships. She will be linking AIM with the many music and arts worlds of Melbourne and Victoria, where she is already deeply involved and widely respected,” AIM CEO Dr. Greg Clarke says. With roles at triple j, the 7:30 Report and SBS on her impressive resume, Hutchison had also been the Australian College of Arts’ head of journalism and the chair of Music Victoria’s women’s advisory panel. “Look out for Tracee at special events on the Melbourne campus very soon!” Dr. Clarke adds.

Ian James brings his decades of unmatched experience in music publishing to the AIM classroom as a new lecturer. We will no doubt see him also involved in our industry events, with a full calendar planned for 2021.

Tracee and Ian join Tim Kelly, who recently began as Program Director for Arts and Entertainment Management.  “All three make great additions to our already impressive faculty. I’m very excited about the quality and diversity of staff we can offer our students,” Dr. Clarke says.

These new appointments are a part of AIM’s energetic reinvention that has gathered enormous steam since AIM’s Sydney and Melbourne campuses have opened up post-lockdown. Preparing students for the new, post-COVID music industry is AIM’s key focus for the future.

“AIM is a centre of music and music education excellence, and we strive to be a community where students and industry professionals can find what they are looking for. Usually, that is great people with experience, and the ability to share it,” Greg continues.

 As things open up on both campuses and students return to in-person study, AIM is becoming a buzz of activity. We want to see great events on campus most days of the week, with lots of opportunities for students and staff to interact with today’s emerging artists and industry leaders. These appointments are all about establishing AIM’s place at the heart of the Australian music scene, and giving the best opportunities to the leaders of tomorrow.


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