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About

Jimmy Hornet is a multifarious curation of Music, Art, and Design. It’s a culmination of career experience and a lavish swirl of my great passion.
The following timeline demonstrates how all roads led to Jimmy Hornet –  Anthea Palmer (Founder)

1992

Singer and songwriter for original rock band “Drama Queen.” Played hundreds of gigs, recorded two independent EPs and worked alongside many fabulous Australian musicians and industry bods.

Anthea Palmer and Shane Reilly in the band Drama Queen

1998

Founded Watch Tower Studio in South Melbourne. An ever-changing gallery of paintings, photography, textiles, and sculpture. Supporting the careers of many local, visual Artists and Designers

2008

Founded The Chandelier Room (Live Music Venue) which focused on singer-songwriters and original bands, hosted hundreds of performances and launched many esteemed careers.

Interior of The Chandelier Room Live Music Venue

2009

Coached over two hundred teenaged musicians at Melbourne Rock School (2009 to 2015). This school holiday program covered musicianship, stage performance, songwriting and music industry knowledge.

Melbourne Rock School Students with Coach Anthea Palmer

2010

Opened the first Jimmy Hornet, a small retail outlet situated within The Chandelier Room complex. It stocked musical equipment, accessories, vintage clothing, art, and design pieces.

Display shelf at Jimmy Hornet

2012

Faced with so many talented but disillusioned Artists, Anthea founded Sound Music Business as a vehicle to coach musicians in business practice.

Sound Music Business Advert

2016

Opened Jimmy Hornet (Music Venue) in Zhongshan, CHINA. Introduced more than twenty International Artists to China, and created a community of local musicians. 

Stage at Jimmy Hornet China

2019

Back in Australia, the Jimmy Hornet Online Shop is now LIVE  and the blog has been expanded to include Music, Art, Design, and Places of interest.

Product Display for Jimmy Hornet

2020

The Jimmy Hornet emporium is scheduled to open May 2020 in Richmond (Melbourne). It will include a live music stage, bar, restaurant with a twist, and an Art and Design retail gallery.

Prospective Building for Jimmy Hornet Melbourne