Some of the artist managers and industry professionals involved in our free professional development workshop series Industry Connect have divulged their industry insider tips and lessons learnt.
QMusic is proud to announce the Women in Music Mentoring program. Queensland women working in the music industry can apply for one of eight mentorships and learn in a one-on-one environment from female leaders in the Queensland business community.
By creating the program, QMusic is ensuring that Queensland leads the way in encouraging and supporting women in their participation, innovation and dedication to creating the music business of the future.
“Our industry is undergoing rapid change and providing support for women to be at the forefront of remaking the music business is not just a good thing to do, but something that will make us stronger as we welcome a broader range of skills, opinions and experiences into the tapestry of what supports Australian music,” said QMusic General Manager Kim Pengelly.
This program will provide mentees with the right resources to not only inspire them in working in the music industry but also to improve their skills and provide a vast amount of networking opportunities with women in leadership roles.
This program is designed completely by women for women, so together we can address the appalling statistics found in a recent study by APRA, AMCOS and RMIT, indicating a staggering 50% of women feel their gender has negatively impacted their career. By comparison to only 1% of men who felt the same.
Currently only 28% of women hold a senior industry position, by comparison to 54% of female high school students who are studying music; creating a wave of talent moving through both the artistic and commercial sides of the industry.
Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said QMusic is a well-deserved recipient of one of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Women in Business grants in what is an important and growing industry for business development.
"You can’t be what you can’t see, so having more women supporting each other through participation in a focused mentoring program for the music business will encourage more women to give it a go,” said Minister Fentiman. “Apply for a mentorship or a scholarship to enhance their business capability and look at how we can get more women stepping up into the world of owning and running their own business.”
Mentors aboard for the inaugural program span a variety of specialty areas including change management, public speaking, marketing, tourism and export management.
The program will take place in early 2019, mentees will be given the opportunity to determine their mentorships, choosing learning opportunities to increase their skills. Included in this program, mentees will prepare an investment pitch with a pool of $16,000 to be distributed across eight mentees for further professional development.
Applications will be open on Tuesday, November 27 and close January 13, 2019.
QMusic's Annual General Meeting took place on April 16 at X CARGO in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley. The committee presented the results for 2018 with QMusic President Michael Crutcher noting that "QMusic will look back on its 24th year as another success, building on the excellent work that has been done across the last decade". Read the full report.
Riverstage has presented countless diverse and memorable shows over the years and this September will celebrate its 30th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, they want to hear about your experiences and memories from 30 years of celebrating music and culture at this iconic venue. Take the survey or upload your digital artifacts to go into the draw to win a double pass to any gig at the Riverstage in 2019!
Australian and international artists have the rare chance to perform in front of some of the most influential figures in the international music industry by showcasing at BIGSOUND. Taking place on the nights of Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 September in Brisbane, BIGSOUND Festival is the showcase opportunity that puts artists in front of the local, national and international music industry delegates. Applications close 2 May.
BIGSOUND is back from September 3-6 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct, with this year’s theme revealed as ‘The Artist As CEO’. For the first time in the event’s history, BIGSOUND will also be waving goodbye to its traditional conference home at the Judith Wright Centre and saying hello to Cloudland, providing expanded conference and meeting facilities right in the heart of the BIGSOUND Festival precinct.
Now in its 3rd year, BIGSOUND Tech will significantly expand opportunities and skill development for new creative tech developers. Apply by June 16 to be eligible for this exciting opportunity!