After 32 years as Managing Director of Mushroom Publishing, respected Australian music industry icon Ian James is standing down.
Linda Bosidis, Publishing Head of A&R for Mushroom Publishing has accepted the position of Managing Director and will replace James as of January 1, 2019.
Ian will maintain a Senior Consultant position with the company.
“When I started with Mushroom Music in 1986 it was a fantastic environment. The three exceptional albums that year were the first Crowded House album, Paul Kelly’s Gossip and Hunters and Collectors’ Human Frailty. They’re still iconic,” Ian James said in a statement.
In his time at Mushroom Music Publishing Ian made signed some of the world largest and most prestigious catalogues (including Chrysalis, Kobalt, BMG, Reservoir, Big Deal and Downtown) and artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the White Stripes for publishing in Australia and New Zealand.
“Michael (Gudinski) was a unique character then and always will be. He has been my mentor, my professor. It’s been an honour to work with the extended Mushroom family and Linda has been a valued member since she started. She will be great. I’m pleased to continue this adventure in a new role.”
Michael Gudinski said, “We are incredibly proud to make this appointment. Linda’s success in A&R speaks for itself but it’s her integrity and ability to get the best out of our staff and writers that will make her a great Mushroom leader. Linda has the respect, ideas and drive to truly modernise Mushroom Music and we look forward to her taking the company, that she has been a part of for twenty years, to even greater heights.”
Says Linda, “I’m honoured and excited to be taking on the role of MD at an independent company that I love working for and among people who I love working with. As MD, my focus will be to continue the dedication to our incredible songwriters who are first and foremost the priority, they are and always have been the heart and soul of Mushroom Music. It will be a privilege to lead the team at Mushroom Music – an inspiring group of proactive, creative thinkers who listen to the individual needs of our writers and encourage meaningful change to enhance the art.
“I want to say a big thank you to Michael and Matt for the opportunity and to Ian James who has always shared his extensive knowledge and encouraged individual growth.”
In 2019 will continue to provide strategic advice to MMP and remain as Mushroom’s representative on the boards of APRA, AMCOS, the International Confederation of Music Publishers and the Independent Music Publishers Forum.