Jacqui Smith

Board Director
Name
Jacqui Smith
Biography
Jacqui Smith is a cultural connector and committed arts leader, advocate and education specialist with over 20 years’ experience in external engagement, international business development, marketing and communications, and event and project management. Jacqui has facilitated change through active engagement by connecting people for innovative arts and education projects around the world; her approach to partnerships and programs is deeply practical. Her career focus is to ensure education is accessible to all. Jacqui grew up in regional NSW – born in Wagga Wagga, primary school in Lithgow and secondary school in Bathurst – before moving to Sydney to complete university studies in music, history, law, editing and publishing. Jacqui is an avid recorder player, performing recorder music from c1200 to the late 1700s, and music written yesterday. She became interested in music from a young age. Jacqui was fortunate to hear the Renaissance Players at her primary school in Lithgow, and years later performed with them while studying recorder at the University of Sydney. Jacqui subsequently became the University of Sydney’s first recorder graduate. Jacqui has worked in marketing, communications, engagement and operations for the Australian Youth Orchestra, Gondwana Choirs, classikON, Australia Piano Quartet, Moorambilla Voices, UTS, Murdoch Books and the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, Law School and Power Institute of Fine Arts. Jacqui was recently a Peer of the Australia Council for the Arts and has assessed grants for Create NSW and the University of Sydney. Most recently, Jacqui has worked for the Hume Conservatorium (Goulburn) as CEO, managing a team of 25 staff, a multi-million dollar heritage arts precinct and a large music education program in regional NSW. She successful acquired $250,000 funding for 14 pianos, a music tech lab and technology upgrade to the Rock Con facilities, as well as significant funding for the inaugural Hume Chamber Music Festival in 2022. As Strategic Relations Manager and Marketing Communications Specialist at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jacqui reinvigorated the Conservatorium’s international engagement program, including developing relationships with university partners for student exchange, research and collaborative projects. She also managed relationships with Australian and international arts partners to enable a robust arts internship program and school engagement strategy. Jacqui has represented the University of Sydney at an international level, including managing the Conservatorium’s 2015 Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School in Italy, and attending the 2016 Chicago Midwest Clinic, Association of European Conservatoriums in 2018 and 2019, and was the secretariat for the Pacific Alliance of Music Schools from 2017 to 2021. She currently consults to a number of performing arts organisations and is Engagement Manager at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.