There are not enough congratulations in the world to give our one and only Queen of Royalties, Gerry McKenna! Last week she accepted the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2019 AIR Awards for her significant and lasting contribution to the Australian music industry over the last 40 years.
Over that time she has worked with some of the leading independent music companies and artists in Australia and around the world. Starting as an accounts assistant at Charisma in the late seventies, through to joining Mute Records and associated labels Rhythm King, Blast First and Product Inc in the eighties. Then the relocation to Australia in the nineties and taking the royalty deparment reigns at Mushroom, (before it was sold to Murdoch and she bailed. Forget that idea!).
After years of seeing things from the ground level at these labels, she saw an opportunity to lend her expertise directly to other indie labels, artists and managers. She did this by starting her own company, Royalty Accounting Services, in early 2000, specializing in all thing royalties, the so-called lifeblood of the music industry.
And after 12 years out on her own she merged Royalty Accounting Services with White Sky Music who already offered a myriad of other back office services to an extensive list of clients … royalties now being one of those services.
So now, with Gerry’s expertise being on board for the last 7 years, we have the pleasure of accounting royalties on behalf of some of Australia’s best indie labels and finding missing royalties for some of the best bands in the world.
An amazing career, an inspiring achievement and fitting acknowledgement for an incredible woman.
Here’s to you Gerry!