Uncommon Cord represents the coming together of industry leaders, thought-provokers, game-changers and experts in experience. At our core, we are musicians, we are fans, we are ticket-holders. We get the detail that makes the difference, from the books to the barricade. We love the calm before the storm, the method to the madness and the moment before lights up. We are built on decades in live entertainment, from marketing and ticketing, production and site management, to strategy and sponsorship.
FOUNDER AND CEO
Matthew Lazarus-Hall is a dynamic entertainment executive with over 25 years in live entertainment. Highly regarded and a leader in his field, Matthew is the founder and CEO of Uncommon Cord, a company focused on providing consultancy in event strategy across touring, festivals, exhibitions and sport.
Matthew held the role of CEO at Chugg Entertainment for 12 years, Australia’s number one entertainment touring company. Under Matthew’s leadership, Chugg was the sixth biggest promoter in the world in 2010.
A well-respected individual, Matthew has promoted over 500 concerts and 100 festivals and sold, as a promoter, over 25 million tickets. Matthew has developed two of Australia’s biggest festivals from the ground up, now both more than 10 years old.
Prior to Chugg, Matthew held highly successful leadership roles at Ticketek, Australia’s largest ticketing agency, where he was the Operations Director, overseeing marquee major events such as the Sydney Olympic Games, Rugby World Cup and many theatrical concerts.
Matthew has also recently taken up the position of CEO and Chairman of global event company, Superheavy Management, to design and deliver world class events, specialising in global touring logistics, ticketing and marketing strategies.
Kuseah has worked in the entertainment industry for 15 years, beginning her career as the Creative Director for Sydney-based circus troupe, Circusoc. She went on to work as an independent booking agent with a personal focus on artist development, business strategy as well as reviving Sydney’s acclaimed music venue, Pacific Room.
Kuseah developed extensive ticketing expertise at Showbiz International, specialising in reseller management, client relationship management, customised ticketing solutions and user experience. She worked on over a hundred international tours including Michael Bublé, Bon Jovi, Cirque Du Soleil’s Immortal, Sydney Festival, Lionel Richie and John Farnham.
As the Client Services Manager of AEPG, Kuseah designed and managed high-end VIP/Hospitality packages focused on unforgettable customer experiences, with key tours including AC/DC, Billy Connolly, Andrea Bocelli and Elton John.
Kuseah is the Project Manager for Uncommon Cord, responsible for event operations and planning, client management, artist liaison and creative development.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR
After receiving a full-time Bachelor scholarship to study Entertainment Business Management, Stephanie has recently graduated from JMC Academy. During her degree studies, she developed strong skills in all aspects of events coordination and organisation focussing on digital talent and new event management. Stephanie has contributed to a number of Australia’s leading events including CMC Rocks, BIGSOUND festival, and Monster Jam, as well as completing an internship with Kath Rose & Associates, Marketing and Public Relations. Also, completing her Advanced Foundation level exams with the Royal Academy of Dance in ballet, Stephanie is a dedicated all-rounder, and extremely passionate about developing arts and music events.
Stephanie is the latest member to join the team at Uncommon Cord as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and also takes on the role of Project Coordinator involved in event operations and long-term business development planning.