Women In Music Mentor Program – Applications Open

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is thrilled to announce that applications are now open for its next intake of mentees for its Women in Music Mentor Program thanks to support from the Australian Government.

 The Women In Music Mentor Program is a nationwide mentoring and training program aimed at empowering women in the Australian music industry. Since its inception in 2020, the program has helped connect and guide female, female-identifying and non-binary participants working in or aspiring to work in creative (solo artists, band members, songwriters), technical (engineers, producers, etc.) and/or business roles (managers, promoters, record labels, etc.) within the Australian music industry.

So far, 350 participants have received mentoring with the program, and the feedback has been extremely positive, with 97% rating the professional development offered as excellent, and an overwhelming number of mentees rating the mentorship as having an outstanding impact on their career progression. (Roy Morgan)

“I found the whole process of this mentorship program very rewarding. I enjoyed the resources that were provided prior to the mentorship beginning, and I’m sure I will refer to them often in future for other circumstances that might arrive – either in mentoring others or looking for mentorship myself in other areas. Thank you for this experience and congratulations to the AIR Women in Music team for putting together such a worthwhile program.”  Nicola, NT

“I have been able to connect with industry professionals to commence recording of what will be my first two singles for release in 2022. I have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful experience. Being selected and being able to meet and network with so many experienced, talented and professional women has been such a privilege and it is an experience I will never forget. thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity.” – Holly, TAS

“I have gained more confidence and knowledge of what is to be expected of me as a film composer. I have learned invaluable techniques and strategies that I can implement immediately in my future compositions.” – Candice, Perth 

Thanks to the WIM program, I have been able to provide the artists I manage with decisive strategies on improving the reach of their music. Through the collaboration with Deep Cuts, I have made international connections… I feel more assured in the work I can do, and confident I can provide my artists with a support network as their career progresses.” – Phoebe, Brisbane

 “I had an incredibly positive experience being part of this program. The amount of workshops, courses, mentor sessions and opportunities were so much more than I expected and such a pleasant surprise. It is such a well-rounded program and I am very grateful for the experience. – Sianne, Melbourne

The Women in Music Mentor Program is an Australian Government initiative delivered by AIR from 2020 to 2023. It is designed to assist with career and leadership progression pathways, strategic decision-making, and corporate governance, and focuses on developing skills in contract negotiation, financial literacy, marketing and leadership.

Mentees will be paired with mentors over a 5-month period commencing in November 2023, and the program will also provide professional development training opportunities, for mentees.

With a focus on developing skills to aid the progression of career aspirations, applications for mentorships are now open.

We invite those at any stage in their career to apply. Whether you are just starting out or looking to take your career to the next level, all applications will be considered.

First Nations people, people with disabilities, those who identify as culturally diverse and those who reside in regional Australia are strongly encouraged to apply.  

“Mentoring is an invaluable tool that can boost self-esteem and empower individuals to make decisions to progress their career development. We look forward to welcoming the next intake!” – Maria Amato, AIR CEO

Applications close at 5 pm on September 29, 2023 

 For media enquiries, contact: heidi@riothouse.com.au https://wim.air.org.au/

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