Women in Music
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 women 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Previous Women In Music Mentorship mentees are unable to apply for this round or future rounds of the program.
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
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.
Women In Music Mentorship program
Applications now closed
The next intake of Women In Music Mentor Program have been announced and successful mentees have been contacted.
Assessment of applications by advisory committee begins
Assessment of applications by advisory committee concludes
Successful mentees notified
As part of the program AIR will hold one in-person professional development event for its mentees in each capital city in Australia over the course of the 4-year program and has held events in Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin, and Sydney, see highlights and recorded content below.
AIR will hold events in Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, and Canberra in 2023.
Testimonials From Past Mentees
Listen to former mentors and mentees here.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
The Women in Music Mentor program operates Australia wide. Mentoring can be conducted online at times that suit both the mentor and mentee. In addition AIR will program online professional development sessions to make it easier for mentees to participate.
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 explain how they believe this mentorship will help their career progression and achieve specific outcomes.
Due to the large amount of applications submitted, feedback will not be provided to applicants.