Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program

Congratulations to our 2019-20 Stigwood Fellowship recipients

The annual Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program provides intensive mentoring and personalised professional development to local musicians and industry entrepreneurs.

The 2019-2020 Artist Fellows are:

  • Stellie – singer songwriter and recent Unearthed Feature Artist on triple j.
  • TOWNS – local punk rock duo who recently won the triple j Unearthed Spin-Off competition. 
  • Rory Adams – 19-year-old songwriter working with key industry names in the UK, US and Australia.
  • George Alice – soulful 16-year-old vocalist and songwriter, recently announced triple j Unearthed High’s 2019 national winner.
  • Pinkish Blu – indie pop band featured at last year’s BIGSOUND music industry conference in Brisbane.

The 2019-2020 Industry Fellows are:

  • Bella Caruso – PR entrepreneur looking to set up a music-focussed PR company servicing local artists nationally.
  • Diana Sautelle – manager of Electric Fields looking to further develop her business.
  • Leigh McGrane – owner of ATG Publicity, looking to broaden the scope of his business and leverage his years of experience and network building via his work with WOMADelaide.
  • Jordan Tito – artist manager and music industry entrepreneur.

Audiences will get to see a handful of the artists in their first performance as Stigwood Fellows when they are featured in a showcase at Bigsound – Australia’s preeminent annual music industry conference.

The showcase featuring Stellie, TOWNS and Pinkish Blu will be live streamed on the Music Development Office Facebook page on Wednesday the 4th September at 2PM ACST.

Background:

Over the past five years, the Stigwood team has worked with acts like Tkay Maidza, Bad//Dreems, Timberwolf, Electric Fields, West Thebarton, The Hard Aches, Heaps Good Friends and many, many more. The program has resulted in recording, management and publishing deals.

The program is run through the state government’s Music Development Office and named after international music legend Robert Stigwood, one of the most successful figures in the entertainment world in the 1960s and 70s. Adelaide-born Stigwood managed iconic groups the Bee Gees and Cream, theatrical productions Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar and films including Saturday Night Fever.

The Stigwood program has two streams:

  • Industry Fellowships
    Mentoring for emerging South Australian music industry entrepreneurs who are working in music management or other areas of artist representation. Areas of focus include identifying strengths, weaknesses and ambitions for the future. Each fellow will receive one-on-one help developing their business for the following 12 months.
  • Artist Fellowships
    Tailored to the needs of the participating artists and includes things like 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. Hear from Electric Fields, 2017 Artist Fellows, about their experience of the program here.

Who makes the Stigwood Fellowships fly?

  • Stuart MacQueen
    Stu is the Co-Founder and Director of Wonderlick Entertainment, behind some of the industry’s biggest names – including Amy Shark, Japanese Wallpaper, Holy Holy, Boy & Bear, The Paper Kites and Montaigne (to name just a few). Stu is responsible for the delivery of overarching mentor and strategic career advice for both Industry and Artist Fellows of the program.
  • Daniel Crannitch
    Dan is an A&R Manager at Wonderlick Entertainment. He is responsible for the delivery of A&R and surrogate management aspect of Artist Fellows in the program.
  • The Assessment Panel
    The panel comprises Jaddan Comerford, Director and Owner at UNIFIED Music; Paul Harris, Senior Director of A&R at Sony Music; Maree Hamblion, Head of A&R at Sony/ATV Publishing; Millie Millgate, Dom Alessio and Glenn Dickie of Sounds Australia (Australia’s Music Export Office) and Craig Hawker, Head of Creative Sony/ATV Publishing.
   
  


See past Fellows…