Established in memory of Linda Gebar, The Lighthouse Award grants $5,000 to a female Victorian music manager who exhibits passion, creativity and integrity.

Linda Gebar died tragically in October 2008 soon after the birth of her second child. She was one of the few female managers in the 90s, and worked with The Killjoys, Frente and The Blackeyed Susans. She also booked the Punters Club, worked at PBS FM, had a record label and worked at APRA AMCOS.

Linda was a truly passionate believer in local music and the community that surrounded it, and was a mentor and colleague to many. This memorial award exists to continue Linda’s work, and support a forward-thinking manager who is dedicated to Australian music. Previous recipients of The Lighthouse Award include Sabrina Robertson, Charlotte AbromsJen Cloher, Bonnie Dalton and Bernadette Ryan.

"It's an incredible feeling to have my management work acknowledged this way. For the times I doubted myself and my abilities as a manager, this award is a reminder that there is no set path as managers, and we're making up our own." - Sabrina Robertson

Sabrina elaborated, "The award money has provided valuable support for international travel, both to the UK for The Great Escape and to South America for Sounds Australia's trade mission. Additionally, it's helped fund the website hosting of my Victorian music blog Mismatch, and allowed me to continue unofficially mentoring emerging managers and artists."

Female and female-identifying music managers or self-managed artists who reside in Victoria and are aged 18 or over are eligible to apply. You must be able to demonstrate experience as a manager and a commitment to sustaining a career in the music industry.

The funding is intended to support a female or female-identifying manager or self-managed artist with professional development. It is expected that the funding will be used to support business-related travel, education, conference attendance, the purchase of business equipment, or other expenses that will support a career in music.

In your application, you must outline how you would use the $5000 grant. The funds must be spent within 12 months.

In honour of Linda Gebar’s dedication to Australian music and her values of honesty, passion and integrity, the Lighthouse Award will be presented to a manager who can demonstrate:

  • Commitment to a career in the music industry
  • A passion for supporting Australian music
  • Integrity, creativity and professionalism in their work
  • Willingness to act as a mentor within the music community
  • A history of broader engagement with the music community
  • Achievements as a music manager
  • A plan for using the grant to further their career

Complete the online application form with details of your music management experience, response to selection criteria and a budget outlining how you would spend the $5000 grant.

Applications will be reviewed by a peer board comprising music industry professionals and chaired by APRA AMCOS.

Applications open: 8 March 2019
Applications close:  18 April 2019, 5pm (AEST)
Recipient announced: May 2019

Please direct all queries to:
Andrew Tuttle, Team Leader - National Engagement:
General queries to: 1800 642 634

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