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 2022 Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program are now closed.
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.
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.
KEY DATES (2023 Fellows)
Applications open: TBC October 2022
Applications close: TBC October 2022
Tech support ends at 5pm. Due to the expected high volume of applications, we encourage you to submit well in advance of 11:59pm to avoid delays in the online system.
Notification: December 2022
All applicants will be notified of the results of their application via email from firstname.lastname@example.org. We are not able to provide a precise date of notification due administrative processes. If you have not received an email from email@example.com, then we are still processing applications. Please check your spam settings to enable mail from this address.
All applications will be assessed by an industry formed panel. 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: Teenage Joans, East Av3, George Alice, Towns, Jess Day, West Thebarton, Tkay Maidza, Electric Fields, Bad Dreems and Stellie.
This program is a key initiative from the State Government’s Music Development Office.
2022 Robert Stigwood Fellows
- Kanada The Loop – Punk-pop hip-hop
- Wanderers – Funked up nu-soul
- Sarah Saint James – Anthemic pop ballads
- Tilly Tjala Thomas – Indigenous folk, indie & traditional storytelling
- Yorke Heath – Orchestral rock
- Estee – R&B infused indie pop
- Bianca Nilsson – Founder and CEO at Renegade Records
- Christina Lauren & Ben Whaley – Founders and Producers at Small Poppy
- Jessi Tilbrook and Sam Szabo – Founders and Producers at PAK Music
- Kelsee Pedler Freelance – Artist Services & Event Producer
- Sebastian James – Co-Director at Management Company 27 Music
See past Fellows…