He’s been called the rock guru, the music mogul, the mushroom man, and is widely recognised as one of the most important figures in the history of the Australian music industry. Irrefutably he is a man of many faces and his many business interests reflect the multiple facets of both his personality and his talents.
Michael Gudinski founded Mushroom Group in 1973 with the inception of Mushroom Records and Mushroom Music Publishing. Mushroom Group is now Australia’s largest independent music entertainment group with a collective of nearly two dozen specialist brands incorporating international and domestic touring, booking agencies, record labels, merchandising, music publishing, creative and marketing services, venues, exhibition and events production, film and television production.
Mushroom’s international touring arm Frontier Touring is now one of the most respected and well-known concert promoters in the Australian region repeatedly reported by Billboard and Pollstar rankings as Australia’s #1 concert promoter and in 2018 was recognized as # 3 Top Promoter Award at the Billboard Live Music Awards – the highest result ever for an Australian/NZ promoter. Frontier Touring has toured some of the world’s finest artists such as Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney amongst many more.
With regards to personal achievements Michael has received many accolades and honors over the years:
2006 – awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to the entertainment industry;
2006 – listed in The Bulletin’s “100 Most Influential Australians”;
2009 – presented with the prestigious J.C. Williamson Award at the Helpmann Awards – foremost honour that the Australian live entertainment industry can bestow.
2009 – listed in The Age Melbourne Magazine’s 2009 Top 100 for his work on the Sound Relief benefit concerts which raised more than $8 million for victims;
2012 – honored by the city of Melbourne as Melburnian of the Year – presented to an inspiration role model who has made an outstanding contribution to the city through their chosen field;
2013 – presented the GQ award for Lifetime Entrepreneur on behalf of GQ Magazine at their GQ Men Of the Year awards;
2013 – inducted into The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame for his services to the local music industry:
presented with an ARIA Industry Icon Award;
2012-2019 – awarded the # 1 position in the Australian Music Industry Directory (AMID) Power 50 on 4 separate occasions.
Michael was part owner on the 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin and the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling
Michael Gudinski continues to work with enormous enthusiasm across all facets of his companies, and is frequently seen trekking from pub gig to entertainment centre, in Australia and abroad, looking for the next big thing to promote – be it through his record labels, touring companies, agencies or publishing arm.