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Helen is a Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator for Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Dr Rusak studied musicology and arts management in Adelaide. She has worked as a music teacher, academic, concerts and festivals manager. Prior to working at ECU she was Acting Program Director for the Arts and Cultural Management, Uni SA. Her school was awarded a national education award in events training, for her student industry placement project developing the Inaugural National Indigenous Arts Festival. She served on the School’s research committee as Research Seminar co-ordinator. She also won research funding for her research on the effects of YouTube and social networking on the music industry. She has presented at conferences and published on the arts, music and new media. She has broad experience in arts management practice and has held senior government advisory roles.