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Women In Music

Mentoring Program 2019

Participants Announced

QMusic is proud to announce eight inspiring women in music business selected to participate in a first of its kind program to foster gender equality within the Queensland music industry.

Since its launch in November 2018, QMusic has been overwhelmed with applications for the program which encourages and supports women in their participation, innovation and dedication to creating the music business of the future.

“We were thrilled with the number of applications we received to participate in this program” said Kim Pengelly from QMusic. “It showed there is a strong demand for more programs like this to exist and we hope we can continue to run the program annually.”

Developed by women for women, the program is supported by the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Women in Business grants, and is strengthen by a $16,000 funding pool for professional development, creating real opportunities in an industry undergoing a cultural transformation.


2019 Participants

Nicole Cross
Nicole Cross is the Co-Founder of Neighbourhood Sessions and Neck Of The Woods Music Festival. Neighbourhood Sessions was born in January 2017 from a vision to bring original music events to Townsville's backyards, marketplaces, beaches and secret locations. After Townsville's largest music venue "The Venue" closed down in late 2016, Nicole and her partner Sam Wright were determined to bring original musicians together with the Townsville community. July 2017 saw the first Neck Of The Woods Music Festival, a celebration of the Australian music scene, showcasing some of Australia’s spotlight acts, and a selection of Queensland’s most exciting emerging artists.

Ash Kerley
Ash Kerley is co-facilitator and founder of the Brisbane (AU) chapter of international program Girls Rock!, and recording/touring musician as the front person & driving force behind 2017 Billy Thorpe Scholarship recipients Marville. A passionate believer in the power of a diverse, self-empowered community, Ash’s work is informed by her DIY and feminist values. With Marville, Ash’s “virtuosic” approach to noise guitar spans across two LPs (Vaya Con Dios 2013 and Terra Alpha 2018), which received accolades from community radio and online press, spurring several national and regional tours with acts like Camp Cope, Cable Ties, Dark Fair and more.

Tyler McLoughlan

In 2011 Tyler McLoughlan founded The Sound Pound, a Brisbane based business specialising in music supervision and clearances, composition, and representation of independent music across advertising, film and TV. Tyler is a passionate copyright educator and sessional lecturer who regularly leads workshops for music creators and music users alike. As a manager, Tyler looks after the international career of tropical roots artist Bobby Alu.

Emma Bosworth
Emma is a songwriter and music business professional who threads her love for the environment into everything that she puts her hand to. With a background working for APRA AMCOS and more recently as Co-CEO and campaigner at Green Music Australia she is a strong and well respected female leader. To Emma, her most cherished musical achievements to date are the highly publicised Stop Adani protest at Bluesfest 2018, securing funding for her annual songwriters retreat Wild Mountains Songs, and performing at the Sydney Opera House for song writing project The Soldiers Wife.

Martine Cotton
Martine Cotton founded the much-loved music industry professional development resource, Music Industry Inside Out in 2014. She’s been kicking around live music since she was a teen and worn many many different hats over the years, including Splendour in the Grass staffing manager, The Zoo venue manager & booker, artist manager, booking agent, program manager, festival booker, event producer, event manager, stage manager, tour promoter and tour manager. Her work as MIIO founder and director has been her most challenging and rewarding endeavour to date. Also, coffee.

Noella Nix
Australian Producer and Singer/Songwriter Noella Nix creates magnetic blends of catchy Pop/Electronic & Alternative Rnb music. A true Independent Artist, Nix has managed to achieve large scale exposure all on her own. Within a year of releasing her first bunch of Singles, Nix surpassed 1 Million Pandora Streams and was featured on over 10 Official Spotify and Apple Music Playlists with no management or PR team. Nix was introduced to the world in a feature on BBC RADIO 1 Presented by Peter Robinson (Popjustice.com) and Huw Stephens in 2017. She was also named 'Under the Radar Artist' by Entertainment Weekly magazine USA.

Ella Fence
Award winning songwriter & performer Ella Fence is a power-femme electro pop artist who has toured and performed in USA, Berlin, England (including Great Escape Alternative Festival), Canada (Canadian Music Week), and Norway, as well nationally across Australia. 2018 was a huge year for Ella Fence – growing her live show and band, as well as a string of exciting live shows including performing at Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 supporting Kate Miller-Heidke and Regurgitator. 2019 sees more exciting times ahead for Ella, who is now working hard on her first album.

Carlia Fuller
Fanatic of all things creative and data-driven, Carlia is a publicist, digital marketer and project manager who loves to take on unique projects in the music and creative industries. Her specialisation lies in digital marketing strategy, marketing management and implementing plans for crazy ideas. With a penchant for working with emerging entrepreneurs and musicians, Carlia pushes the envelope to build lasting connections within the creative community. Her portfolio includes working with brands and companies such as Jungle Love Festival, Brisbane Street Art Festival and Heapsaflash Music Publicity.


Mentorships begin in February 2019 to provide mentees with the right resources to not only inspire them in working in the music industry but also to improve their skills and deliver a vast amount of networking opportunities with women in leadership roles. At its conclusion, mentees will pitch for a slice of the $16,000 funding pool to enable them to up-skill and succeed through further professional development.

Mentors aboard for the inaugural Women In Music program are Jill Brennan, Cathy James, Kayleen Allen, Lindy Chen, Pushpa Bakshi, Jayne Arlett and Karen Schmidt who span a variety of specialty areas including change management, public speaking, marketing, tourism and export management.

Supported by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training - Advancing Women in Business Initiative

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