Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Chief Executive Officer
Emma Dunch was appointed CEO of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in January 2018.
Emma lived and worked in New York City from 1999-2017, where she served in senior US Arts roles before launching the cultural management consultancy, DUNCH, in 2008. She was selected for the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac Growth Venture entrepreneurship accelerator, her company ranked in the top 1% of women-owned businesses in the U.S. DUNCH and its clients have been featured in The Australian, Crain’s New York Business, Fundraising & Philanthropy Australasia, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
During her 20-year cultural management career, Emma has partnered with more than 125 creative organizations in the United States, the U.K., and Australia, and served in leadership capacities across every artistic discipline. She is a respected authority on strategy, finance, and fundraising for culture and has presented internationally on these topics.
Emma holds a Bachelor of Music Performance in Opera from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Charles Sturt University; in the United States, she has pursued advanced studies at New York University’s Heymann Center for Philanthropy, the American Management Association, and the Support Center for Non-Profit Management.
Emma has been a prolific presenter and publisher including in 2017 The Dunch Report "The $2B Arts Funding List", in 2016 The Dunch Report "What will Arts Leadership Look Like in 2040?“ and in 2016 for the New York Foundation for the Arts she published "Strategic Planning for Impact". She has presented for organisations such as the Australian Council for the Arts, Columbia University, The Culture Business Sydney Conference, Dance/NYC, the League of American Orchestras, New York Foundations for the Arts, New York University's Heymann Centre for Philanthropy and Opera America.