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Prof Andy Arthurs


B Mus Tonmeister (Hons), University of Surrey, England

Emeritus Prof Andy Arthurs has an international reputation as a creative entrepreneur, producer, publisher, songwriter, composer and performer: with significant worldwide success.


He worked with Sir George Martin (the famed producer of the Beatles) for four years in the early 1970s and has had numerous hit records in the UK, Europe and Australia. He was awarded a platinum disc in 1997 for his production of The Ten Tenors.


Additionally, he was a CEO of three music companies in the UK and a director of Creative Media Warehouse Pty Ltd in Australia: the parent company of the innovative orchestra DeepBlue (founded in 2005 from an ARC Linkage grant). DeepBlue has had “a significant impact as a new performance group”.

Key positions held


  • 2005–2018: Brisbane Powerhouse Board Member

  • 2015-2016: Exec and Artistic Director of CreateX – Art, Performance, Technology festival at QUT

  • 2009-2012: Appointed QUT Bid leader for CRC for Arts and Entertainment Futures

  • 2005-2017: Artistic Director Deep Blue. Deep Blue have performed across Australia, Asia and USA during this time and recorded 4 CDs and many videos.

  • 2005-2010: The Australia Council Music Board (acting chair in 2008/9)

  • 2007–2009: Federal Minister’s Music Education Advisory Group

  • 2009: Director of the Independent Music Project for the Institute of Creative Industries and Innovation

  • 1997–2009: Head of Music and Sound, QUT Creative Industries

  • 2008: Program Leader for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for the QUT Institute of Creative Industries

  • 2004-2008: Chair of National Council for Tertiary Music (NACTMUS)

  • 2004-2008: Executive Member of the Music Council of Australia (MCA)

  • 2006-2007: Member of steering committee member for the National Review of School Music Education for the Federal Education Minister

  • 2003-2008: Member of the Queensland Fulbright Scholarship Committee

  • 2003-2005: Member of The Queensland Orchestra Board

  • 2005: Appointed to the Queensland State Development and Innovation Creative Industries Sectoral Development Group for Music

  • 2005: Project Manager of Australasian Cooperative Research Centre for Interactive Design (ACID).




  • QUT Emeritus Professor of Music, 2016 

  • 2 platinum discs in Australia as producer and songwriter for The Ten Tenors, 2006

  • QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in “Innovative and Creative Practice,” 2009 

  • Winner of Australian Performing Arts Association Drover Awards in the category of Excellent Audience response, Deep Blue, 2009

  • “Best Financial Plan” and “Overall Winner” in Queensland State Development/ Achaeus Vortex4

  • Enterprise Developer Program (2006) for the Deep Blue business plan (together with Darren Clark and DJ Wendt) 2006


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