New mentorship positions for female composers

Monday, 13 Nov 2017

APRA AMCOS is pleased to announce two new mentoring opportunities for women composing music for film and television.

Earlier this year we released research that identified the pathways and barriers for women working in music with a particular focus on screen composers. This has led to a commitment from APRA AMCOS to provide support to women through the development of programs to effect immediate and sustainable gender participation and equitable financial success for our female songwriter and composer members. The mentorships launched today are a key component of our commitment.

These mentorship positions complement the following genre programs already underway or launching soon:

  • Jazz - Emerging Jazz Composer Mentorship administered by SIMA (already allocated and underway)
  • Classical - National Women Composers Development program administered by Sydney Conservatorium of Music (already allocated and underway)
  • Art Music - Women Composers Project administered by Soundstream in partnership with Decibel  (opening soon)
  • Heavy Music / UNFD - (apply now)
  • Pop/Contemporary - administered by APRA AMCOS (apply now)

We are inviting our screen composer members who identify as female to apply for the two mentorship opportunities below - one dedicated to film composition and one dedicated to TV. This is a priceless opportunity to work in tandem on real life projects and receive practical advice to help you establish a career as a screen composer while extending and honing your craft.

Both mentorships are offered for a three month period (between March and June 2018) and mentees will receive some financial support over that time. Applications close on Friday 2 February 2018.

We look forward to receiving your applications and if you have any questions, please contact us on or contact your local Writer Services Representative.


The Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) is the national industry association for professional composers working in film, television, documentary and multimedia. The AGSC is committed to equality, inclusion and diversity and is actively working to develop initiatives and create impact resulting in positive change for women screen composers at every stage of their career.

This program has been designed to offer a mentorship for women currently composing for film, and will provide a connection to an established and accomplished composer in the industry. This mentorship is design to provide the mentee with guidance and practical advice on projects they already have underway.

The mentor, who may be male or female, will be available for six meetings over the period and the initial meeting will be face to face with ongoing meetings either via Skype or in person - depending on availabilities.

The mentee will receive $4,000 to cover any travel or work related expenses during the mentorship.

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 examples of work composing for film.

Jay Stewart has composed the music for countless television shows including My Kitchen Rules, The Block, House Rules, Reno Rumble, Channel 7 News and various documentaries. Jay is a multiple Screen Music Awards winner including eight-time winner of the 'Most Performed Composer - Australia' category.

“Creating music for television requires not only an obvious talent for composition but a unique understanding of the demands of this media. After 15 years as a full time television composer I hope to be able to impart some specific insights to assist a young composer sustain a career in this field,” said Jay.

One female television composer will be selected to work with Jay and his team on a television program starting in March 2018 for three months. An initial meeting will provide a brief on the work ahead and the mentee will then continue to work closely with Jay on delivering a completed work for a TV series over the following three months.

The recipient will need to be based in Sydney for the duration of this project and will receive $5,000 to cover expenses over that three month period.
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 examples of work composing for TV.
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