The Victorian Government in partnership with Music Victoria announces a new women-only leadership program ‘Cultivate’ for industry professionals 

Victoria’s peak music body, Music Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Government has announced the commencement of a new leadership program, ‘Cultivate’, aimed at mid-career and established women in the Victorian music industry who wish to further their leadership and management skills. Supported by the Victorian Government, the ‘Cultivate’ program aims to foster the development of some of the state’s key decision makers, business owners, and industry leaders within the music sector, by partnering them up with CEOs, senior role holders and experienced mentors to support and guide the advancement of their careers. Participants will also be engaged in personalised leadership training programs and group, group masterclasses and networking opportunities.

The ‘Cultivate’ Program is excited to be taking its first ever applicants for their 2019 pilot program intake. Chelsea Wilson Music Victoria’s Board Deputy Chair: explains“I am thrilled Music Victoria is announcing our new Women’s Leadership initiative ‘Cultivate’. This program further demonstrates our commitment to inclusion in the music community through providing relevant training, support and mentoring to empower the future leaders in our sector. As shown through the University of Sydney’s ‘Skipping The Beat’ study, women are severely underrepresented in leadership roles in the music industry in Australia – this project is one positive action out of many that Music Victoria is undertaking to begin bridging that gap. Thank you to members of Music Victoria Women’s Advisory Panel and former board members Michelle Nichol and Tracee Hutchison for helping bring this project to fruition.’’

Eligible for Victorian residents who identify as a woman and currently hold leadership or management positions at their place of employment within the contemporary music sector, ‘Cultivate’ is a great opportunity for women who are already on the path to influential decision-making roles in music, to be mentored by recognised industry leaders and professionals in a similar field. Successful applicants will attend prepared induction and launch sessions, master classes and one-on-one mentorship meetings to identify, plan and implement upskilling opportunities and key developmental areas of their careers.

Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan is thrilled with their involvement in the new program, Music Victoria’s 2015 report Women in the Contemporary Music Industry, which surveyed women in the music industry about barriers to career development, found that 90% of recipients sought more networking opportunities, 51% wanted to attend more seminars and conferences and 45% said they would benefit from mentoring opportunities.Music Victoria is thrilled to partner with the Office for Women on the Cultivate Pilot Program to address these issues and to nurture and develop female music industry professionals.’’

So if you’re an artist manager, run your own music-based business, or work in a management or leadership position at a venue, festival, label, booking agency, PR company, music organisation, production company, etc and wish to build or strengthen professional networks, expand your knowledge, become an influential industry leader, implement change, and have a positive impact on the contemporary Victorian music sector then apply today!

Music Victoria’s Cultivate Pilot Program 2019
Applications open now and close Monday 14 January 2019
Apply now at:

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Cultivate Project Manager to arrange a short phone interview.  The Cultivate reference group will decide on the successful applicants.

Program enquiries can be directed to Music Victoria on (03) 9686 3411 or by emailing theProject Manager Sarah DeBorre:

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