2019 Music Industry Pathways: Applications Now Open!

The Music Industry Pathways program offers the exciting opportunity for young and/or emerging performers and industry practitioners to be teamed up with an established music industry professional to gain advice, get hands-on training and experience, and learn more about the career opportunities that exist within the industry. The program includes one-on-one mentoring, access to tailored Masterclasses, networking activities and skills development opportunities. Mentoring is offered to not only artists but also those with an interest in artist management, record labels, events, technical & production and marketing, media & publicity.

Participants maybe selected for further opportunities including:

  • The Corner Group Diversity in Audio
  • Native Tongue Songwriters Stream
  • Her Sound Her Story photography and videography stream

While the Music Industry Pathways program is open to everyone over the age of 18 and emerging, priority participation areas have been identified to support a more representative music community. Priority participation areas include:

  • First Nations young people
  • Young people of colour
  • Young women
  • Non-binary young people
  • LGBTQIA+ young people
  • Young people with a disability

The program will run from March – November 2019 and mentees will also get the opportunity to work at Changes Festival.

To apply you must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Victoria.
Check out the application preview before you apply to get an idea of what kinds of questions you’ll need to answer.

Applications for the 2019 program are now closed.

Selection Criteria

Mentoring places are limited to 65 participants and a competitive and thorough selection process will be undertaken. Participation is via application only.

For all programs:

  • Live in Victoria
  • At least 18 years old
  • Represent young and/or emerging (no more than three years industry experience)
  • Have some current and recent experience in the music industry
  • Be able to demonstrate your aptitude for a career in the music industry
  • Be able to demonstrate that you would benefit from participation in the Mentoring Program
  • Be able to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility criteria
  • Be able to commit to at least 30 hours of activity during the mentoring period
  • Be willing to work with a mentor as engaged and endorsed by The Push
  • Be willing to adhere to all Push policies and procedures
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with the Music Industry Pathways Project Manager
  • Complete the Music Industry Pathways Program selection procedures
  • Always provide factual information through the recruitment process and Music Industry Pathways
  • Can demonstrate you have taken steps towards building a long-term career in the music industry

What will I get from the Music Industry Pathways Program?

As a Music Industry Pathways program participant, you will get support, information and encouragement from people who are already established in the music industry. You will also have a range of opportunities for professional development at Changes Festival, as well as access to a series of masterclasses, an online network where regular opportunities will be posted and more.

You will be mentored by an industry professional who will have regular contact with you as agreed on at the start of the program.

The mentors may:

  • Talk with you about how they got started and their day-to-day working life
  • Help you develop your skills and identify your skill gaps
  • Explain aspects of the music industry or their profession
  • Introduce you to relevant people in the industry
  • Help you explore your work and training options
  • Support you in skill development activities that are part of the program


Who will mentor me?

The Push has a great track record with mentoring and helping young people connect with like-minded music industry personnel. On the basis of your application and career ambitions, The Push will review their database of industry professionals and approach a mentor that will suit you and your skill gaps. Industry Mentors are people with skills and expertise in one or more areas of the music industry. All mentors are volunteers and provide their time to you free of charge.

Through contact with The Push, you will also get regular feedback and career guidance from The Push staff themselves. All staff have either worked, or currently work, in the industry in different roles along with their work at The Push. Your mentoring relationship will be monitored and guided by The Push throughout the mentoring period.


How much time will I need to commit to the Music Industry Pathways Program?

You will need to commit about 30 hours of time over the duration of the mentoring program. Some of this will be for group sessions and some will be one-on-one with your mentor. You will have at least 10 hours of direct contact with your mentor with four hours face to face time, the rest can be via email/phone/skype or whichever way suits both you and your mentor. There will also be a series of events you will have to be available for including the mentee induction and graduation. A series of five masterclasses are also presented for all participants where we will all come together and learn from an industry professional and hear more from your mentoring peers.


What does it cost?

Participation in the Music Industry Pathways Program is free. The Push may also cover, where appropriate, approved travel costs and accommodation for regional participants.


Supervision and our duty of care
The Push Inc accepts a duty of care for all participants in Music Industry Pathways activities and is committed to maintaining high safety and security standards in all its programs and events.


The Music Industry Pathways program is presented by The Push and is brought to you by Music Under Wings and FReeZA, a Victorian Government initiative.

If you have any further questions about the program, please contact The Push on (03) 9380 1277 or email Mel@thepush.com.au and lou@thepush.com.au