The annual fellowship program, named after Adelaide expat Robert Stigwood, provides local musicians and industry entrepreneurs with intensive mentoring and personalised professional development from project deliverers Stu MacQueen and Dan Crannitch of Wonderlick Entertainment (behind some of the industry’s big names including Amy Shark, Japanese Wallpaper, Holy Holy and Montaigne.)
Applications for the Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program supports two streams:
Mentoring for emerging South Australian music industry entrepreneurs who are working in music management or other areas of artist representation. Focus areas include identifying strengths, weaknesses and ambitions for the future. Each fellow will receive one-on-one help developing and achieving a business plan for the following 12 months.
Tailored to the needs of participating artists, mentoring may include songwriting, production, business skills, marketing and public relations, and attendance at conferences and high-level industry meetings. The arrangement is akin to a surrogate record label/ management team.
Each year program deliverers convene an industry panel to assess applications. Successful Artist Fellowship recipients will receive up to $25,000 in grants with Industry Fellow recipients receiving up to $5,000 in grants to use during the mentorship.
Now in its seventh year, the program has played a significant role in helping South Australian artists develop both creatively and professionally, with many securing recording, publishing and management deals.
Previous Stigwood Fellows include: Tkay Maidza, Bad//Dreems, George Alice, Stellie, Jess Day, Timberwolf, Electric Fields, West Thebarton, Heaps Good Friends.
This program is a key initiative from the State Government’s Music Development Office.
2021 Robert Stigwood Fellows
- East Av3 – genre-pushing hip hop group
- Kiah Gossner – nationally acclaimed producer/ songwriter
- Teenage Joans – all female rock band and recent Triple J Unearthed High winners
- Colourblind – four piece alt-rock/emo band
- Siberian Tiger – indie pop two-piece band
- Nick O’Connor – awarded music educator and record label founder
- Rachel Whitford – artist manager and founder of 27 Music
- Matthew Khabbaz – artist manager and founder of Way Rare Records
- Courtney Duka – music events producer
See past Fellows…