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Report: Kingsmill Most Powerful In Aus Music

News posted Wednesday, April 4 2012 at 01:00 PM.
Related: Triple J, Richard Kingsmill.

Report: Kingsmill Most Powerful In Aus Music

The 48-year-old music director of our national youth broadcaster triple j has been named the second most powerful person in Australia’s “arts and culture” sector.

Richard Kingsmill, who’s held his post since 2003, has ranked second in The Power Index’s list of 20 influential people across the arts scene in Australia. He came second only to MONA founder and professional gambler David Walsh, but ahead of the likes of Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, TV powerhouse Andrew Denton, publisher Louise Adler and film-maker Baz Luhrmann. Kingsmill is the highest ranking music industry professional on the list, ahead of Lyndon Terracini from Opera Australia (#6).

He was praised for his “make-you-or-break-you” abilities. “As music director at youth radio network triple j, ‘The King’ sits in the driver's seat of one of the few outlets with the mandate to uncover (or ‘unearth’ in J's parlance) up-and-coming local artists,” the report said.

Related: Kingsmill Defends His Corner

The Power Index: Arts And Culture Top 10

  1. David Walsh
  2. Richard Kingsmill
  3. Andrew Denton
  4. Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton
  5. Tony Ellwood
  6. Lyndon Terracini
  7. Louise Adler
  8. Theatre’s Young Turks (Ralph Myers, artistic director of Belvoir St Theatre; Sam Strong, artistic director of Griffin Theatre Company; Simon Stone, Belvoir St resident writer/director; Lally Katz, playwright)
  9. Baz Luhrmann
  10. Kathy Keele

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Your Comments

mrmagoo  said about 2 years ago:

yet another pointless list


TheBastard  said about 2 years ago:

He was praised for his “make-you-or-break-you” abilities

Too much power in the wrong hands something something.....Gotye!


Evilio  said about 2 years ago:

‘The King’ sits in the driver's seat

Nice one


Coz  said about 2 years ago:

That list is pretty broad and good, but looking through the site's other lists now I'm kind of put off by their inclination to put at least one government minister in every list.


BigBoysSocks  said about 2 years ago:

Isn't he on long service leave at the moment?


andyr  said about 2 years ago:

11 . josejones


unvisible  said about 2 years ago:

I can only imagine that ''Theater's Young Turks'' form like Voltron into a single entity that is the eighth most powerful being in Australian arts. It must be quite a spectacle to behold.


Coz  said about 2 years ago:

Isn't he on long service leave at the moment?

Precisely. Anybody who is lucky enough to even qualify for long service leave in the arts industry is among the elite.


GrantleyBuffalo  said about 2 years ago:
  1. Anthony Gonzalez

ocelotl  said about 2 years ago:

I'm kind of put off by their inclination to put at least one government minister in every list.

Though notably not the Thinkers list. Which is kind of a weird label, especially if you include Ian Plimer.


Coz  said about 2 years ago:

Though notably not the Thinkers list.

Hahaha, of course not, politicians pay people to think for them.


dazmurray  said about 2 years ago:

David Walsh benchpresses more than The King? I find that hard to believe.


unvisible  said about 2 years ago:
  1. Gotye
  2. Max ''Tangles'' Walker
  3. The late Slim Dusty
  4. Danii Minogue
  5. Boy
  6. Bear
  7. That guy who pretends to be Chopper Reid
  8. Chopper Reid
  9. Kerri-Anne Kennerley
  10. INXS' next vocalist (TBA)

unvisible  said about 2 years ago:

(that was 11-20)


dimestorehood  said about 2 years ago:

great file photo M+N


Hazard_Man  said about 2 years ago:

No Richard Wilkins?


MarsAudiac  said about 2 years ago:

Whoever's the first to bring nukes to the table will gain ultimate power.


Bowie  said about 2 years ago:

grumble grumble dark side something something


dazmurray  said about 2 years ago:

No Richard Wilkins?

Bring back keynotes


sinbad  said about 2 years ago:

yeah the guys a tasteless cock, just another wanker that fucks australian music


unvisible  said about 2 years ago:

champagne wordplay!


blacklight  said about 2 years ago:

Well, duh.


ocelotl  said about 2 years ago:

tasteless cock

How does one achieve this?


lima  said about 2 years ago:

fodder, everywhere.


stevereich  said about 2 years ago:

I wish the king would fuck off and die. Sanctimonious wanker, responsible for the rise of oz hip hop and most annoying voice in radio


NiteShok  said about 2 years ago:

most annoying voice in radio

Ain't got shit on Lewi McKerdy.


flukazoid  said about 2 years ago:

And ain't that the truth


Slick Dave  said about 2 years ago:

Mmm much power he has, but wisdom he must seek!


dazmurray  said about 2 years ago:

mule  said about 2 years ago:

enough of these lists for farks sake!


anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

m+n made the ''almost in the list'' list.

you can all pat yourselves on the back for a job well done, and fire up to make the big time next year.

Yes, that includes you as well.


LoadMyRig  said about 2 years ago:

hahahahaaaaaaaaaaa


SnoopDoug  said about 2 years ago:

''the entertaining, cynical and often trend-setting collective that is the Mess+Noise forum community.''

I'll try and post more frequently, help y'all out.


blacklight  said about 2 years ago:

Wonder how Mikey Young feels about being in that 'power' list

Seems that JJJ gets half their news stories off M+ N though.


toadphoney  said about 2 years ago:

True. They were just taling about authorities like police and tram inspectors oppressing skateboarders.


toadphoney  said about 2 years ago:

taling = talking


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