Let the mentoring begin: female songwriters and composers selected for inaugural program

Tuesday, 06 Mar 2018

DEMI LOUISE: I am currently in between stages of my career and focusing on a new direction- which is exciting! However, having mentoring to help guide me as a self-managed independent artist is invaluable.

Drawing from an incredibly impressive pool of applicants, we are excited to announce the mentees selected to be part of our inaugural female songwriter and composer mentoring programs. These APRA AMCOS members come from an array of musical backgrounds and impressed the selection committee not only with their accomplishments but also with their individual reasons for seeking a mentor.

Here they are, their respective genre/area of focus, and who they will be working with: 

Mentorship Mentee Genre Mentor
Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) Nicolette Boaz Film composing Nerida Tyson-Chew
 Jay Stewart Larissa Agosti  TV composing  Jay Stewart
Pop/Contemporary Bri Clark Singer-songwriter Mark Lizotte
Pop/Contemporary Gretta Ziller Americana Tom Busby
Pop/Contemporary Mookhi (Olympia Henshaw) Electronic KLP
Pop/Contemporary Demi Louise Pop John Watson
UNFD Grace Drummond Heavy music UNFD staff

The mentorships will take place over a three-month period, with the goal of helping and encouraging the mentees with a current project. Mentees do receive some financial support over that time. 

APRA AMCOS Ambassador and mentor KLP says, "I was fortunate enough to have a father that was in the music industry, so from such a young age (and still to this day!) I had someone I could honestly discuss the daily grind and the highs and the lows with. I am pretty excited to be able to be on the other end of that dynamic through working with Olympia (Moohki) on her next career steps, and to see the progress of all the mentees over the coming months.”

“Based on the sheer volume and the high quality of applications we received, it is very apparent that there are significant numbers of female songwriters and composers who are at a point where, with some meaningful professional guidance, they can continue to build their career. It will be insightful to see how both the mentees and mentors will benefit from the program, ” commented Jana Gibson, Director, Writer Services at APRA AMCOS.

This initiative is part of a firm commitment towards achieving gender parity in our membership ranks and supporting female and female-identifying songwriters and composers at all stages of their careers. A big thank you to all the members who submitted such thoughtful applications.

GRACE DRUMMOND: This mentorship will open my eyes to more of the business side of the music industry as well as inspire me to further my career as a musician. I’m excited to learn as much as I can from the team at UNFD, as well as network with industry professionals.

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If you applied for a mentorship or wish to find out more about future opportunities, we will be hosting a series of skills and career development workshops nationally later in the year and all applicants will be invited to attend. Stay tuned for more information.

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