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Jacqui Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Jacqui Smith is a committed arts leader, advocate and education specialist with over 20 years’ experience in external engagement, international business development, strategy, financial reporting, marketing and communications, curriculum evaluation, 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 career focus is to ensure education is accessible to all.


Jacqui is an avid recorder player, performing recorder music from c1200 to the late 1700s, and music written yesterday. She has played music ever since hearing the internationally regarded Australian group the Renaissance Players at her primary school in Lithgow and ended up playing recorders and whistles with them at the University of Sydney, before becoming the first graduate on recorder in 1999. Jacqui also has postgraduate degrees in editing, publishing and copyright law. 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 Law School and Power Institute. Jacqui is also a Peer of the Australia Council for the Arts and has assessed grants for Create NSW and the University of Sydney.


Jacqui has recently been working for the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, as Marketing Communications Specialist and more recently as Strategic Relations Manager. Her last role was to manage the international engagement program, including developing relationships with university partners for student exchange, research and collaborative projects. She also managed relationships with arts partners in Sydney and regional New South Wales for the Conservatorium’s arts internship program and manages the Conservatorium’s school engagement strategy. Jacqui has represented the University of Sydney at several domestic and international events – she managed the Conservatorium’s 2015 Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School in Italy, and attended 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.

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