Applications open for AIR’s Women In Music Mentor Program, empowering women in the Australian music industry

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Applications open for AIR’s Women In Music Mentor Program, empowering women in the Australian music industry

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The Australian Independent 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.

Returning for 2022 is The Women in Music Mentor program, 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.

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An Australian Government initiative delivered by AIR from 2020 to 2023, the Women In Music Mentor program 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 mentees. This will include workshops with industry professionals and leaders.

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


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So far, 190 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.

“I found the whole process of this mentorship program very rewarding. I enjoyed the resources that were provided prior 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,” says past participant Nicola, NT. “Thank you for this experience and congratulations to the AIR Women in Music team for putting together such a worthwhile program.”

“I have been able to connect with an industry professionals to commence recording of what will be my first two singles for release in 2022,” adds Holly, TAS.

“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.”

Women in any stage of their career are welcome 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 Arts, Tony Burke, said the Women in Music Mentor Program continues to play a vital role in empowering women in the Australian music industry.

“This program recognises the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting female, female-identifying and non-binary artists and music professionals. It provides participants with opportunities to advance their careers, build networks, and celebrate their dynamic skills.”

Applications close at 5pm on August 10, 2022. You can apply and find out more here