Female mentoring program gets down to work with WA members

Thursday, 02 Aug 2018

It was heartening to receive so many impressive applications to our first female mentoring program for Western Australia members, a program initiated by Senior Writer Services Rep Tenille Elkins. Tenille kept hearing a common thread through her work at APRA AMCOS and as a TAFE instructor of how that first major creative project for a songwriter can be daunting. Her aim is to provide guidance, resources and contacts for members forging their own path and to help them see the project realised.

We're excited to announce the four participants, who are already getting to down to work two days per week at Cleaver Street & Co as part of the mentorship running through the end of the year. 

Let's meet the mentees and find out about their respective projects (in order of photos L-R):

Claudia Wade-Garcia (Clauds) 

I am currently working on successfully planning and holding a single launch before the end of this year, and successfully releasing an EP early next year!  I am excited to get these project’s up and off of the ground.

Being able to openly discuss music business, music plans and career paths with mentors familiar with the music industry is a valuable asset to my current path right now. It enables me to not only grow within the industry but enables me to work effectively in the industry.

Georgina Cramond (Ribs)

I'm going to be recording and releasing my first official music under my solo project Ribs! It has been a long time coming for me as I've been songwriting my heart out for the past few years and I feel like I'm finally at a stage, with the support of the mentorship, to record, release and launch a single and then EP. 

I've been songwriting my heart out for the past few years and I feel like I'm finally at a stage, with the support of the mentorship, to record, release and launch a single and then EP. 

I'm really looking forward to meeting and working with the other emerging songwriters, as well as utilizing the advice and support from industry and established musicians to work towards creating the best project I can make.

Paige Savill (I Call Val)

Releasing my band's next single Erase Her, and subsequent launch is the task at hand. This track, in addition to our debut single System Is Failing, will appear on our upcoming 5 track EP. Building a functional team to execute these plans will be consuming a majority of my focus at this point.

I felt like I got to this point where I knew there was so much to be doing offstage, however I had no idea what those things were! It riddled me with this anxiety and sleeplessness trying to complete tasks I couldn't understand, or even fathom...The most valuable thing I could walk away with will be knowledge. I'm treating this program like a pool of experience, advice, and criticism that I hope to drench myself in. 

I'm treating this program like a pool of experience, advice, and criticism that I hope to drench myself in. 

Stevie-Leigh Lane (Stevie-Leigh)

I have written a song about the cycles of Domestic Violence from both my own experience and experiences of those close to me. I hope to inspire and encourage change and support with regards to domestic violence and mental health awareness. 

My biggest goal with this experience is to learn how to promote myself and my music in the way of reaching a larger audience. I think it’s brilliant that we not only get our mentors' insight but also that of other industry guests.

And the mentors:

We are grateful to all of the industry mentors who have agreed to come on board for the program to share their knowledge and experience over the coming months. Thank you so far to artist managers Matt Johnson (Boatshow, Denise Le Menice, Downsyde, The Love Junkies) and Alexander Miller (The Southern River Band) for their time and advice.


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