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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Introducing the MusicNSW regional team


Sophie Jones has been appointed the regional music coordinator covering the NSW Central West (and beyond).

MusicNSW are delighted to welcome Dave Burgener, Ali Buckley, Kayne Mills, Sam Rees and Sophie Jones, to MusicNSW as the new regional team, to lead regional music development across the state.

Following a search that began in November 2022, five music professionals now join the MusicNSW team with a remit to deliver development opportunities and work to expand touring circuits across regional NSW. The newly-created roles have been made possible thanks to Create NSW following a landmark four-year funding commitment.

Dave, Ali, Kayne, Sam and Sophie, have already hit the ground running and, will lead MusicNSW’s regional development work over the next four years. They will build capacity and relationships between local industry and artists, and will provide on-the-ground support for regional musicians, venues and live music professionals to grow regional touring.

Sophie Jones is using the Arts OutWest office as a base and is supported by our team. Her remit covers the Arts OutWest, Outback Arts and West Darling Arts areas (see the purple area on the map at the bottom of the page) and she works 2 days per week. Arts OutWest are delighted to again support MusicNSW and the regional music officers.


Regional Coordinator, based on Wiradjuri Country, focusing across the Central WestOutback and West Darling regions.

Sophie is a musician, mentor and music teacher who grew up in Tamworth NSW before moving to Bathurst to complete her B.A Communications (Theatre/Media). Sophie has been actively involved in the Bathurst community and surrounds through touring and performing with her band Smith & Jones, running community choirs and workshops, event management and bookings such as The End Festival in Hill End and the Local Emerging Artists Program (as part of the Inland Sea of Sound Festival), running her own business teaching guitar and singing.



MusicNSW are hosting a dedicated Sound Advice session where you can come along and talk to us about live music in your region, and join in to make connections that will bring the industry closer and open up pathways for your own career.

Register now, and come let them know how we can bolster the industry in your area.

Pictured L-R: Kayne Mills, Ali Buckley, Sam Rees, Dave Burgener, Sophie Jones. Photographer: Georgia Jane Griffiths