Location of service: 
Nationally via digital, NSW
Services offered via digital means: 
Yes – videoconference via online services Zoom or Modron, Skype and teleconferencing.
IP Right: 
Trade marks, Designs
The Backing Group

Address: 15 Milton Place Frenchs Forest NSW 3 2086

Email: michael@thebackinggroup.com

Mobile: 0412 675 757


$200/hr to $1,600/day (plus GST). Rates negotiable for extended mediations. Please see website for details.

Mediation experience

Commenced practising mediation in 1998, conducting mediations in Australia, the USA, Canada and South East Asia in areas as diverse as design disputes (landscape, architectural, online games and websites, creator rights ownership (music, film, photography) and trademarks.

Mediation qualifications

Certificate in Conflict Management Coaching (Cinergy)

Accredited member of Resolution Institute under NMAS

Specialist experience and qualifications

Michael McMartin and Keith Welsh each have over 40 years experience in the Australian and International Creative Industries dealing with Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Patents, Copyright and Licensing across a wide range of sectors including Music, Film, Photography, Graphic Art, Design and Merchandising. Additionally Michael has worked extensively in the field of Landscape Design while Keith has worked in the field of Print Publishing


Additional information

Michael was born in Canada.

He gained his BA (Political Science) at Loyola College in Montreal. He moved to Australia in 1971 and started Trafalgar Records, an iconic independent recording and publishing entity.

In 1985 he formed Melody Management and signed as his first clients the Hoodoo Gurus, whom he manages to this day.

Michael was a founding member of the Music Managers’ Forum in Australia He served as Chairman and then Executive Director of the International Music Managers’ Forum (IMMF), the umbrella organisation for managers from some 24 countries which has NGO status at WIPO, the United Nations agency dealing with worldwide copyright issues.

Over the years he has been invited to work with the music industries in China and Egypt, has spoken at many international events and forums in Canada, the US, the UK, Europe , Tunisia and Brazil plus at countless local forums in Australia. For 19 years he was a board member of Support Act, a music industry benevolent organisation.

Michael served as a consultant for a major entertainment corporation in Thailand, redrafting their client contracts and workplace systems so as to make them more relevant in the western context and advising on contractual and marketing agreements with other Asian countries including Taiwan and China.

Recognition awards include Lifetime membership of the Music Managers Forum Australia and Patron of Association of Artist Managers (Aust);

Received the 2007 APRA Ted Albert Award for his lifetime contribution to Australian Music; elected to the ARIA Hall of Fame as part of the induction of the Hoodoo Gurus in 2009. In 2015 was awarded the Medal of the Order Of Australia (OAM) for ‘services to the performing arts, especially music.’

He has 18 years experience in mediation and conflict management. He is an accredited member of the mediation association Resolution Institute.