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. 

Mentorships for Women in Music
Mentorships were allocated in 2018 and recipients for 2019 have been announced in August. Partners and genre focus have included:

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

Equalize: Music Production Workshops for Women
One day production workshops took place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with mentors from a range of genres and specialties. Read more.

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