Established in memory of Linda Gebar, The Lighthouse Award grants $10,000 to a woman or gender minority in the field of artist management who exhibits passion, creativity and integrity. The grant is open to applicants Australia-wide.

Linda Gebar died tragically in October 2008 soon after the birth of her second child. She was one of the few women in music management  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 Lorrae McKennaSabrina Robertson, Charlotte AbromsJen Cloher, Bonnie Dalton and Bernadette Ryan.

"I felt incredibly honoured to be the recipient of the 2019 Lighthouse Award, and to be recognised alongside such esteemed and talented previous recipients was incredibly humbling and validating. Thanks to APRA and this award, I was able to travel to the USA twice in 2019, (first to SXSW and then to Indie Week in NYC later in the year), both of which were immeasurably valuable experiences for me, both personally and professionally." - Lorrae McKenna

Women and gender minority artist managers or self-managed artists who reside in Australia 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 woman or gender minority artist 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 $10,000 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 artist management experience, response to selection criteria and a budget outlining how you would spend the $10,000 grant.

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

Applications open: 6 March 2020
Applications close:  17 April 2020, 5pm (AEST) - extended
Recipient announced: May 2020

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

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