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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 Course Co-ordinator of Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and post graduate supervisor at ECU.

Current teaching

  • ADM1415 - Arts Management
  • ADM1130 - Arts Marketing Fundamentals
  • ADM2310 - Organisational Behaviour
  • ADM2435 - Cultural Critique
  • ADM3520 - Business Development in the Arts
  • ADM3530 - Arts Management Principles and Practice
  • ADM3540 - Industry Placement
  • Arts Management and Music postgraduate supervision


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.

Professional associations

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

Research areas and interests

Helen's research areas are musicology, feminism, arts management and cultural policy. She welcome students who are interested in undergraduate study as well as post graduate research in these areas.


  • 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)

Journal Articles

  • Rusak, H., (2019), Wild Swans by Elena Kats-Chernin: The journey from Australian Ballet to UK Dance charts. Soundscripts, 6(1), Article 17, Perth, Western Australia.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Re-composing feminism: Australian women composers in the new millennium

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Performance practice in hungarian folk music and its relationship to the style hongrois
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Spectromorphology and spatiomorphology: Wave terrain synthesis as a framework for controlling timbre spatialisation in the frequency domain
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