PREPARATIONS for the 2012 Gympie Music Muster, headlined by international country music legend Kenny Rogers, are forging ahead with a completely new team running the event.
The Muster will be held in Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, August 21-26, with the main entertainment from Thursday to Sunday night in a host of great venues.
Chief executive officer James Dein has assembled a new team with many years experience in event management and the music industry, to manage and run the Muster.
Gympie Apex Muster chairman for 2012 and 2013 is Chris Anderson, who is working with Mr Dein to make sure this year's event grows on previous years.
He said the aim was to get the community massively involved in the Muster again.
"I'm trying to get community groups back and involved and returning to the core principle of doing it for the community," Mr Anderson said.
Added to the team are operations manager Ray Maguire, business development manager John O'Brien, marketing and artist services manager Jeff Chandler and administration manager Kaitlyn Anderson.
Ray Maguire's involvement in the music industry includes being involved with Elvis Presley's second-last concert and he toured America with LRB.
His job involves being chief of all the invisible jobs nobody thinks about, including liaison with sponsors and the community groups and other contractors that make the Muster work.
There could be up to 100 sub-contractors working at the Muster, many of them community groups
His first event was in 1964 and one of his more recent ones was Towoomba's Spirit of Australia concert, the one Prince William came to, after all the floods.
Earlier he was production manager of World Expo '88.
"I've been tour managing all my life, everyone from Kamahl to Guns and Roses, Lee Kernigan for a few years," Mr Maguire said.
"I have a passion for the Muster. We all do.
"I look after all the operational aspects of the site, from whether the toilets are clean, whether there's ice at the bars, making sure the sponsors are comfortable, liaising with the police, fire brigade, QAS, security, first aid etc.
John O'Brien's main role is maintaining and generating sponsorship and other forms of income.
He is also in charge of partnerships with businesses and groups on different projects.
"For example with the kids' club, businesses sponsor it and we have people, qualified in the field, who run it for them," Mr O'Brien said.
"We don't run a lot of these services personally. We get people who are better able and better qualified.
"We try to involve local businesses as well as major companies, because that's what it's all about. It's about Gympie."
Jeff Chandler's role is marketing through all media, including social media, broadcast and print. And artist services which involves looking after the performers, including their accommodation, transport and passes to get in.
He manages Sara Storer and has done so for the past 11 years.
Over the years, his stable of performers has included Lee Kernigan during the Boys from the Bush era, and James Blundell, when he put out Way out West.
He formed the Compas Brothers recording label which had Adam Brand and Melinda Schneider.
Among the other artists he had contract work with are Kasey Chambers on The Captain and he worked with Jon Williamson and Slim Dusty. Others include Troy Cassar-Daley, Becky Cole and Shane Nicholson.