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Dr Helen Rusak

Senior Lecturer Arts Management

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6160, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML3.230
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6160
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML3.230  


Helen is a Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator for Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Current teaching

  • ADM1415 Arts Management
  • ADM1130 Arts MarketingFundamentals
  • ADM2310 OrganisationalBehaviour
  • ADM2435 Cultural Critique
  • ADM3520 BusinessDevelopment in the Arts
  • ADM3530 Arts ManagementPrinciples and Practice
  • ADM3540 Industry Placement
  • Arts Management andMusic postgraduate supervision


DrRusak studied musicology and arts management in Adelaide. She has worked as amusic teacher, academic, concerts and festivals manager. Prior to working atECU she was Acting Program Director for the Arts and Cultural Management, UniSA.Her school was awarded a national education award in events training, for herstudent industry placement project developing the Inaugural National IndigenousArts Festival. She served on the School’s research committee as ResearchSeminar co-ordinator. She also won research funding for her research on theeffects of YouTube and social networking on the music industry. She haspresented at conferences and published on the arts, music and new media. Shehas broad experience in arts management practice and has held senior governmentadvisory roles.

Professional Associations

  • 2017 - Musicological Society of Australia
  • 2017 - International Alliance for Women in Music


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Adelaide, 2005.
  • Arts Administration, South Australian Institute of Technology, 1989.
  • Master of Arts, The University of Adelaide, 1987.
  • Associate Diploma Piano (AMEB), The University of Adelaide, 1985.
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours, The University of Adelaide, 1982.
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Adelaide, 1981.


Recent Research Grants

  • Audiences for artmusic and sound art in Western Australia: Understanding and evaluating Tura New Music programs. ,  Tura New Music Ltd,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2016 - 2020,  $35,000.
  • Curating the Performing Arts: Improvisation as a mechanism to engage diverse and local communities in arts programs.,  Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Ltd,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2017 - 2020,  $58,000.
  • Measuring the Value of Cultural Activity in Regional Western Australia,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2016 (Round 1),  2016 - 2017,  $61,500.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Rusak, H., McKenzie, S., (2013), YouTube as Nascent practice: A MacIntyrean Analysis of User-Generated Content. The Heart of the Good Institution, 111-126, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5473-7_9.

Journal Articles

  • Rusak, H., (2016), Corporate entrepreneurship in the arts in Western Australia. The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 46(4), 153-163, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10632921.2016.1211049.
  • Rusak, H., (2014), Mr Barbecue by Elena Kats-Chernin: The Raw and the Cooked. Journal of Music Research on Line, 5(2), 1-24,, Music Council of Australia.

Conference Publications

  • Rusak, H., (2014), The Charisma of Tango in Australia. The Charisma of Dissonance: Proceedings from the 37th National MSA Conference, 105, Musicological Society of Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Spectromorphology And Spatiomorphology: Wave Terrain Synthesis As A Framework For Controlling Timbre Spatialisation In The Frequency Domain
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