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 recently taken up the position of senior vice president for AEG Presents, Asia Pacific, overseeing all touring, festivals and sports across the Pan-Asian Region. He is also the only Australian member of the Country Music Association Board, a global organisation based in Nashville, TN, dedicated to excelling and supporting country music, and serving as an industry leader for international country music.
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 General Manager for Uncommon Cord, responsible for event operations and planning, client management, artist liaison and creative development. She is also the General Manager for St Jerome's Laneway Festival across Australia and New Zealand.
Steph has worked across a variety of events around Australia including CMC Rocks Qld, Corona Sunsets and BIGSOUND Festival. Graduating from JMC Academy, after having received a full-time Bachelor scholarship to study Entertainment Business Management, Steph is a dedicated all-rounder, and extremely passionate about developing arts and music events.
Under her internship with Kath Rose & Associates, Marketing and Public Relations, Steph worked alongside large companies including Monster Jam as well as contributing to social and press releases for Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and Brisbane’s Festitalia.
With Uncommon Cord, Steph contributes to project planning and development, and drives event operations and delivery. Her contributions span a multitude of event departments including, site administration, traffic management, artist liaison and touring, venue and local government relations. Steph’s key roles currently include overseeing the Australian delivery of the Rob Potts International Exchange Program and working across Australia and New Zealand as the Festival Admin Coordinator for St Jerome's Laneway Festival.