MUSHROOM GROUP

MICHAEL GUDINSKI

Chairman

The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Leonard Cohen. When Michael Gudinski chases the big artists, he aims for the stars. His Frontier Touring had another massive year in 2013, either touring or announcing treks for all the aforementioned acts. Frontier promoted Springsteen last year, marking the Boss’ first visit Down Under in a decade. Remarkably, Springsteen is heading back in 2014, with Frontier again promoting. With Frontier at the reins, Swift in 2013 became the first female artist to undertake a stadium tour in the country since Madonna’s Girlie Show run 20 years earlier. Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age have a co-headlining tour in March. And in the same month, the Stones roll into the country—a tour that, for Gudinski, realizes a life-long ambition. “I’m feeling energized and I’m up for any challenge,” the industry icon says. Frontier is one of 20-plus affiliates of Gudinski’s independent powerhouse the Mushroom Group, for which he serves as chairman. Mushroom, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013, is an ever-growing empire that includes Premier Artists, Harbour Agency and Artist Voice; labels Ivy League and Liberation; and Mushroom Music Publishing. The Future Music Festival—which rolls out across Australia and has an event booked in Malaysia—was recently added to the Mushroom portfolio. In early 2013, the younger Gudinski, Matt, rose to group executive director, a central role that reflects his prominent standing in the company. Matt has “inspired the future of Mushroom,” the elder Gudinski says. —Lars Brandle

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