Women in Music
Mentor Program

The Women in Music Mentor program is a four-year nation-wide mentoring and training program aimed at empowering women in the Australian music industry. The program will run once a year from 2020 to 2023 and is designed to enable women to navigate their career and leadership pathways, develop professional decision making, governance, commercial and corporate engagement skills.

With a focus on developing skills in contract negotiation, financial literacy, marketing and leadership,  the program will pair mentees with mentors based on the goals the mentee wishes to achieve. Mentors commit to conducting meetings with their mentees and providing mentees with guidance and practical advice over the duration of the program to help them take their careers to the next level.

In addition to the mentorship, the Women in Music Mentor program will deliver professional development training opportunities, for mentors and mentees. This will include workshops with industry professionals and leaders.

The program is open to 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.

We invite those of 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.

As a Women in Music Mentor program participant, successful applicants will be individually matched with a mentor based on the assistance the mentee is seeking to further their career. Each mentorship is offered for a 5-month period in which mentors and mentees must undertake a minimum of 4 x one-hour meetings.

In addition to the mentoring relationship, mentees and mentors will also be invited to attend curated professional development delivered as part of the Women in Music Mentor program

Please note the Covid-19 restrictions may require the delivery of the professional development to be provided in digital form for 2020)

Participants are selected through a competitive application process in which applications will be assessed by an independent industry advisory committee based on the strength of the following:

  •  – Outcomes the participant hopes to achieve as a result of being mentored over a 5-month period
  •  – Outline of how the participant believes the mentorship will benefit their career

If selected as a participant of the Women In Music Mentor program, participants will need to submit a report at the conclusion of their mentorship addressing their projected and actual outcomes from the program and how the mentorship has helped them grow their careers in the Australian music industry.

Key Dates

  • Applications open

  • Applications close

  • Assessment of applications by advisory committee begins

  • Assessment of applications by advisory comittee concludes

  • Successful mentees notified

  • Mentorships announced and begin

Frequently Asked Questions

The Women in Music Mentor program operates Australia wide but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all mentorship and professional development sessions will be conducted online until further notice. We have removed the initial face-to-face meeting element of the program so all mentorships can go ahead in isolation and in the comfort and safety of your own homes. If the outbreak is contained by the end of the year then the mentees and mentors can meet in person for their initial meeting, but it is not a requirement.

Not necessarily! As the timing is flexible and is to be worked out between mentor/mentee, working schedules can be taken into consideration

No, the Women in Music Mentor program is open to all Australian musicians and/or professionals identifying as a woman or non-binary regardless of their affiliation with specific industry companies, organisations or bodies.

There is no upper or lower age restriction however if the applicant is under 18 they will need to have a guardian present for any mentorship meetings.

Unfortunately, we cannot give specific advice on how to write an application. Applicants should use their applications as on opportunity to explain how they believe this mentorship will help their career. The applicant is the best person to tell us about themselves so they should really think about the ways they would utilise a mentorship.

Due to the large amount of applications submitted, feedback will not be provided to applicants.

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