The Australian Independent Labels Association (AIR) is thrilled to announce that applications open today 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 four-year nation-wide mentoring and training program aimed at empowering women in the Australian music industry. The program is open to all 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.
Feedback from the program’s inaugural round last year was extremely positive, with 95% rating the professional development offered as excellent, 92% of surveyed respondents saying their career in the music industry had benefited from their participation, and 80% saying the program had created new opportunities for them. (Roy Morgan)
“It has been such a wonderful program and I sincerely hope it never stops running. It’s incredibly valuable and means so much to emerging artists to have the backing of industry.” – Georgia, 2020 mentee
“Loved it. Thank you to Maria and the team at AIR for creating a terrific program. Was thrilled to be part of it and was impressed at the diversity and volume of offerings. WIM is setting a new benchmark for mentoring programs!” – Chelsea, 2020 mentee
“The best part for me wasn’t specific opportunities but was the growth and reshaping of my attitude and outlook. My mentor was incredible and helped me to think differently about my career and what is possible. That new attitude and way of thinking can be carried forward and used to secure future goals and opportunities.” – Victoria, 2020 mentee
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, corporate governance, and focus on developing skills in contract negotiation, financial literacy, marketing and leadership.
Mentees will be paired with mentors over a 5-month period and the program will also provide professional development training opportunities, for mentors and mentees. This will include workshops with industry professionals and leaders.
With a focus on developing skills in contract negotiation, financial literacy, marketing and leadership – applications for mentorships for the 2021/2022 financial year are open from June 8, 2021.
More information about the program, eligibility and how to apply can be found here: wim.air.org.au
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.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, welcomed the launch of the second year of the Women in Music Mentor Program.
“This important program is part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to supporting the ongoing sustainability of our music industry, and is delivering important opportunities for women in the industry to develop and advance their careers.”
“We look forward to announcing the mentees for round 2 of this nationwide program and to delivering professional development to help assist with career progression”
Maria Amato, AIR CEO
Applications close at 5pm on July 16, 2021