Damian Rinaldi will join iconic Aussie indie Albert Music next week as head of legal and business affairs. Rinaldi recently returned to Australia after a stint in London as VP of legal and business affairs at Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

In 2000 he joined Sony Music Australia (as it was known then), as GM of legal and business affairs.

In his new role, Rinaldi will report to Albert Music's Sydney-based CEO Tim Prescott, and will be involved in the company's publishing arm J. Albert & Son, recording division Albert Productions and in new business development and acquisitions. "Damian's experience in the music business and his knowledge of emerging technologies in the digital world will be a great asset to our company," said Prescott in a statement.

Albert Music, which began as a publisher at the turn of the 20th century, is best known as the Australian home of AC/DC and the Easybeats. In the '70s it enjoyed global success with other acts as Rose Tattoo, the Angels and John Paul Young.

In the past year, it has gone through a restructure and signaled plans to find global success for its current roster, which includes the Beasts Of Bourbon and Skybombers.