Member Profile : Phillipa van Helden


I’ve just graduated from UNSW Sydney with a Bachelor of Music (Honours). My studies culminated in the completion of a research thesis which examined the management and development of the Newcastle Music Festival. Only in its third year in August 2018, I was drawn to the NMF’s unique offering of predominantly classical music, performed by both brilliant local musicians and inspiring world-class guests. I find such community-centric events very inspiring, and admire the Festival’s mission of providing a platform for the growth of local talent. I was also a part of the Hunter Research Foundation Centre’s evaluation of the economic social and cultural contributions of the Newcastle Music Festival to Newcastle and the region. The quantitative and qualitative evidence we generated painted a powerful picture of the scope of contributions the Arts can make in this respect. My vision is for such evidence to be more recognised by government and policy makers.

I’m currently working with the Newcastle-based concert series, Twilight Musical Dialogues, as Operations and Social Media Assistant, as well as being a member of the small but passionate organising committee.

I would love to attend the ArtsFront Under 30s Symposium because it presents a unique opportunity to connect with other like-minded young arts professionals who are passionate about the future of arts and culture in Australia. By networking and collaborating, our generation can unite to share a vision for Australia’s arts sector.