It flew under the music radar at the recent QMusic awards but we think only the 3rd lifetime membership awarded needs a song and dance… especially when it’s one of our own.
Nightlife’s Director of Licensing & Business Affairs Stuart Watters has been awarded lifetime membership with QMusic in appreciation of his 19-year contribution to the organisation.
It’s recognition of his commitment to the industry and passion for music, that began as a 12-year-old drummer in a school boy band.
“I am so proud of what QMusic has become and am happy to have played a part in its growth, vision and direction over the years I have been involved either as the Executive Officer, strategic partner, consultant or board member,” he said.
Stuart took over the reins at QMusic in 1999 as a long-haired 24-year-old and in his 5 years there helped establish Australia’s biggest music industry conference BIGSOUND.
His foundation work and ongoing advisory role until becoming a board member in 2012 helped ensure BIGSOUND is firmly cemented as QMusic’s signature event.
“Anyone who knows me, knows that I am parochial almost to a fault but it is that love of what we do that has driven me to be involved with QMusic since 1999.”
Watters toured up and down the east coast as part of a band named Nebo (in honour of the north-western suburbs mountain) and that experience has turned into lifelong friendships.
It was serendipitous then that all band members were present to witness the moment, some as part of blues and roots outfit Alfanant which was nominated for an award.
Since 2004 Watters has helped run the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) and remains on the Digital Sub-Committee for QMusic.
“I have never been more buoyed and confident of the health and vitality of QMusic as a key industry organisation in the State, National and International environments.
As has been said before me about QMusic and in the vein of Hotel California, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!’””
Especially as Stuart now has two kids with music in their DNA, including one that has taken up the sticks in honour of his dad and is drumming in a school band.