We’re working to address the imbalance.

APRA AMCOS acknowledges the need to address the gender imbalance within the Australian and New Zealand music industry. Only 21.7% of APRA writer members identify as female. We partnered with RMIT University to undertake a research project that examines the gap, with the research recommendations leading to the establishment of skills development and mentoring programs which commenced in October 2017.

We have implemented initiatives and programs to help develop and advance women within our own organisation, and we've implemented a 40/40/20 measure on membership programs, which will see an increase in women within our programs and initiatives including the Ambassador program, SongHubs, SongMakers and Professional Development Awards, as well as judges, presenters and performers at our Awards series. At least 40% of our national event series panelists will be female, and we'll also address female representation in terms of topics specific to their career development. 

These mentorship positions in the following genre programs were awarded in 2018. Further mentorship programs will run in 2019.

  • Jazz - Emerging Jazz Composer Mentorship administered by SIMA (allocated and underway)
  • Classical - National Women Composers Development program administered by Sydney Conservatorium of Music (allocated and underway)
  • Film Mentorship for Female Composers in Partnership with the AGSC (allocated)
  • Jay Stewart Mentorship for Female Television Composer (allocated)
  • Mentorships for Female Popular Contemporary Songwriters (allocated)
  • UNFD Mentorship for Heavy Music Songwriters (allocated)
  • Female composers in WA, SA, VIC - The Summers Night Project, administered by Soundstream in partnership with Decibel (allocated)
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