QMusic has selected eight inspiring women in music business to participate in a first of its kind program to foster gender equality within the Queensland music industry. Nicole Cross, Ash Kerley, Tyler McLoughlan, Emma Bosworth, Martine Cotton, Noella Nix, Ella Fence, and Carlia Fuller will participate in the 2019 program.

Since its launch in November 2018, QMusic was 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. QMusic General Manager Kim Pengelly said she was thrilled with the number of applications. “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,” said Kim.

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.

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.

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