Bachelor of Arts (Music), Diploma of Education, Diploma of Music.

Michael has spent the last 20 years in the Northern Territory, working with many indigenous people, including musicians in over 20 remote communities. As a musician (double bass player) he trained in classical, touring Australia and Europe. Once in the NT, his work as Coordinator of VET Contemporary Music Certificate for CDU incorporated course delivery into remote Aboriginal communities. After the establishment independent record label – Skinnyfish Music with Mark Grose in 1999, Michael produced numerous ARIA award winning albums (Gurrumul, Saltwater Band, Nabarlek) as well has achieving his own ARIA nomination for Producer of the Year 2008. Michael was awarded Australian of the Year (NT) 2013 (in partnership with Mark Grose).