Apply now for Mentorships for Women in Music

Friday, 27 Mar 2020

After two fruitful years of our mentoring program for women, we are pleased to announce the return of Mentorships for Women In Music, with nine 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
  • Film Composition, in partnership with the AGSC
  • 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.

Who can apply?
Songwriters and composers who identify as women, and gender minorities who feel they would benefit from a program designed for women in music. You must be an APRA AMCOS member to apply. Read about the 2018 and 2019 mentees.

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.

Each mentorship is offered for a three month period and mentees will receive some financial support over that time. The suggested timeframe is July - September 2020, however timings can be negotiated between mentor and mentee depending on availability

Applications close Thursday 16 April, at 5PM AEST. Full details below. CLOSED.

We look forward to receiving your application and if you have any questions, please contact us on writer@apra.com.au.


 

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 Kate Miller-Heidke, Megan Washington, Ainslie Wills, Amba Shepherd, L-FRESH The LION, Ella Hooper, Isabella Manfredi, Milan Ring and Barney McAll, producers Anna Laverty and Andy Garvey, artist managers Cathy Oates and Claire Collins and A&Rs Brent ‘Quincy’ Buchanan (Universal), Julian McGruther (Mushroom), Craig Hawker (Sony/ATV) and Gregg Donovan (Wonderlick). Mentors will be matched to a mentee based on musical style and availability.

Mentors commit to conducting six meetings over the 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.

Applications closed.


FILM COMPOSITION, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AGSC - 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, who may be a man or a woman, will be available to conduct six meetings over the 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.

Applications closed.


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 for a three month period. An initial meeting will provide a brief on the work ahead and the mentee will then continue to work closely with Jay on delivering 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 receive $5,000 to cover any travel or work-related expenses over that three month period.

Applications closed.


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