Apply now for Mentorships for Women in Music

Monday, 15 Apr 2019

Applications are now closed. Announcement coming soon!

After the success of last year's inaugural mentoring program for women, we are pleased to announce the return of Mentorships for Women in Music, with ten new mentoring opportunities for songwriters and composers available across a variety of genres and disciplines. Applications are now open for the following mentorships:

  • Popular/Contemporary Music, in partnership with APRA AMCOS
  • Heavy Music, in partnership with UNFD
  • Film Composition, in partnership with the AGSC, with mentor Elliott Wheeler
  • TV Composition with Jay Stewart

We invite women at any stage in their career to apply. Whether you are starting out, returning to the industry or looking for advice on moving to the next level, you will be seriously considered for the program. Each mentorship is offered for a three month period, and mentees will receive some financial support over that time. 

Who can apply?
Songwriters and composers who identify as women, and those who feel they would benefit from a program designed for women in music. You must be an APRA AMCOS member to apply. 

Why is mentoring important?
In 2017, we released research that identified the pathways and barriers for women working in music. This has led to our commitment to provide support to women through the development of programs to effect immediate and sustainable gender participation and equitable financial success for our female songwriter and composer members. The mentorship program is a key component of our commitment, which has also included the EQUALIZE music production workshops and the Professional Development Series for Women, featuring Viv Fantin.

I think it’s really important to identify those women who feel a little bit on the outside and bring them together and offer them support in getting to the next stage of whatever it is their goals are, whatever level they are at. - Demi Louise, mentored by artist manager John Watson

Applications are now closed. For any questions, please contact writer@apra.com.au, your local Writer Services rep, live chat during business hours.


 

POPULAR/CONTEMPORARY, PROVIDED BY APRA AMCOS - SEVEN POSITIONS AVAILABLE

With a focus on popular/contemporary music, this mentorship will pair a songwriter with an established songwriter or manager in the industry. The mentor will provide guidance and practical advice on projects the mentee already has underway. Seven mentorships will be offered.

With a breadth of industry experience, mentors committed to being involved include songwriters Ella Hooper, Amba Shepherd, Amanda Brown, Felicity Urqhuart, Montaigne, and Jodi Phillis, and artist managers Eva Trifonas and Charlotte Abroms. Mentors will be matched to a mentee based on musical style and availability; please note this is not the final list of mentors and is subject to change.

Mentors commit to conducting six meetings over the three-month period with an initial face-to-face meeting and ongoing meetings via Skype or in person depending on availability. 

This mentorship is open to applicants who:

  • are available to work in the timelines outlined above, and

  • can provide an example of their work

The mentee will receive $4,000 to cover any travel or work-related expenses during the mentorship.

APPLY FOR POP/CONTEMPORARY


HEAVY MUSIC, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNFD - ONE POSITION AVAILABLE

UNFD work with inspiring artists across the broad spectrum of heavy music (metal, punk, hardcore, hard rock) and are dedicated to making their artists' vision a reality. Partnering with UNFD for the mentorship reflects the values of the organisation and their commitment to increase the representation of women within the heavy music scene.

UNFD will provide mentoring from staff across the business, so that the mentee can draw upon a range of expertise.

Mentors commit to conducting six meetings over the three-month period with an initial face-to-face meeting and ongoing meetings via Skype or in person depending on availabilities.

This mentorship is open to applicants who:

  • are available to work in the timelines outlined above, and
  • can provide an example of their work

The mentee will receive $4,000 to cover any travel or work-related expenses during the mentorship.

APPLY FOR HEAVY MUSIC/UNFD


FILM COMPOSITION, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AGSC, WITH ELLIOTT WHEELER - ONE POSITION AVAILABLE

The Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) is the national industry association for professional composers working in film, television, documentary and multimedia. The AGSC is committed to equality, inclusion and diversity and is actively working to develop initiatives and create impact resulting in positive change for women screen composers at every stage of their career.

This program has been designed to offer a mentorship for women currently composing for film, and will provide a connection to an established and accomplished composer in the industry.

This mentorship is designed to provide the mentee with guidance and practical advice on projects they already have underway. The mentor is US-based composer and producer Elliott Wheeler, a frequent collaborator of Baz Luhrman, and who has worked with artists including Nas and Bryan Ferry on projects that fuse contemporary music and film. Elliott will be available for six meetings via Skype/video conference over the three-month period.

This mentorship is open to applicants who:

  • are available to work in the timelines outlined above, and
  • can provide an example of their work

The mentee will receive $4,000 to cover any travel or work-related expenses during the mentorship.

APPLY FOR FILM COMPOSITION


TV COMPOSITION WITH JAY STEWART - ONE POSITION AVAILABLE

Jay Stewart has composed the music for countless television shows including My Kitchen Rules, The Block, House Rules, Reno Rumble, Channel 7 News and various documentaries. Jay is a multiple Screen Music Awards winner including eight-time winner of the 'Most Performed Composer - Australia' category.

“My insights and philosophy have assisted me in providing more music for television than anyone else in Australia over the last 10 years… and I am passionate about advising other composers who want to become full time professionals” said Jay.

One applicant will be selected to work with Jay and his team on a television program starting in July 2019 for three months. An initial meeting will provide a brief on the work ahead and the mentee will then continue to work closely with Jay on delivering a completed work for a TV series.

This mentorship is open to applicants who:

  • are available to work in the timelines outlined above, and
  • can provide an example of their work

The recipient will need to be based in Sydney for the duration of this project and will receive $5,000 to cover expenses over that three month period.

APPLY FOR TV COMPOSITION


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