Female songwriters: apply for mentoring across musical genres

The Summers Night Project for female composers is now open!

Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants for mentorships for Film/AGSC, Jay Stewart, Popular Contemporary, and UNFD are now closed and applicants will be notified by the beginning of March.

The Summers Project for female composers is open - applications close 5 March 2018.

As part of a firm commitment to tackling gender parity in our membership ranks, and on the heels of the recent announcement of new mentoring opportunities for women composing music for film and television, APRA AMCOS is facilitating five new mentorship placements in the fields of heavy music and popular/contemporary music. 

These opportunities are designed to provide the mentee with guidance on real life projects, practical advice on establishing a career, and support on expanding and honing the songwriter’s craft. 

These mentorship positions are:

Who can apply?

We invite female and female-identifying APRA AMCOS members at any stage in their career to apply. Whether you are starting out, returning to the industry or looking for advice on moving to the next level, your application will be seriously considered.

What does a mentorship include?

All mentorships are offered for a three month period (between March and June 2018) and mentees will receive some financial support over that time. Applications are now closed. Check back in for future opportunties.

We're here to help! If you have any questions, please contact APRA AMCOS at writer@apra.com.au or contact your local Writer Services Representative.


MENTORSHIPS FOR FEMALE POPULAR CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITERS - APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. GOOD LUCK TO APPLICANTS! Notifications will be sent early March.

With a focus on popular contemporary music, this mentorship will pair a female songwriter with an established male or female songwriter or manager in the industry. The mentor will provide guidance and practical advice on projects the mentee already has underway. With a variety of industry experience, mentors committed to being involved include songwriters: Ella HooperAmba ShepherdAmanda BrownMark LizotteTom BusbyFelicity UrqhuartMontaigneKLPJodi Phillis; and managers: Eva TrifonasCharlotte AbromsJohn Watson

Mentors will be matched to a mentee based on music style and availability. Mentors commit to conducting six meetings over the period with an initial face-to-face meeting and ongoing meetings via Skype or in person depending on availabilities.
This mentorship is open to APRA AMCOS members who identify as female and who:
  • are available to work in the timelines outlined above, and
  • can provide an example of their work 
The mentee will receive $4,000 to cover any travel or work-related expenses during the mentorship.

UNFD MENTORSHIP -  APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. GOOD LUCK TO APPLICANTS! Notifications will be sent early March.
UNFD work with inspiring artists across the broad spectrum of heavy music and are dedicated to making their artists' vision a reality.  Partnering with UNFD for the mentorship reflects the values of the organisation and their commitment to increase female representation within the heavy music scene.
“UNFD is thrilled to be partnering with APRA AMCOS to put the focus on female songwriters and break down the barriers to entry for female artists in the heavy music genre. We’ve built our label by finding and developing some of the best heavy music bands in Australia, and we’re excited to help to discover and support females to pursue careers within the genre,” said Maya Janeska, General Manager - UNFD.

UNFD will provide mentoring from staff across the business, so that the mentee can draw upon a range of expertise. Mentors commit to conducting six meetings over the period with an initial face-to-face meeting and ongoing meetings via Skype or in person depending on availabilities.

This mentorship is open to APRA AMCOS members who identify as female and who:

  • are available to work in the timelines outlined above, and
  • can provide an example of their work 
The mentee will receive $4,000 to cover any travel or work-related expenses during the mentorship.


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