The Producers

Working as co-producer alongside Rea and Arnove, Bill Shipsey is the founder of Art for Amnesty, Amnesty International’s global artist engagement program. He is also the creator, producer and director of Amnesty’s most prestigious international human rights Award event — the Ambassador of Conscience Award — an accolade that has been bestowed on such diverse activists as Nelson Mandela, Václav Havel, Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai, Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, Ai Weiwei and U2. He was co-executive producer of Instant Karma — Amnesty’s multi-star benefit album of John Lennon compositions. He has consulted widely with other human rights organisations around the world seeking to partner with artists in the promotion of human rights. In 2012 he produced and directed the hugely successful Electric Burma concert in honour of Aung San Suu Kyi in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

 

Executive Producer Michael Watt is an entrepreneur and owner of renowned London jazz club Ronnie Scott's.  Michael has interests in many Broadway, West End and Australian theatre productions as well as music. He is the only New Zealander to have received a Tony and with partner Korda Marshall, he owns the record label Infectious, which includes the major Australian band The Temper Trap, the American band, Local Natives, and Mercury Music Prize 2012 winners Alt-J.

A dedicated conservationist and supporter of a wide range of charitable organisations including ventures in Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria, Mozambique and a music school in South Africa, he was awarded the ONZ for International Philanthropy.