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Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program

Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program provides mentorship and professional development to local musicians and industry entrepreneurs.

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 who were behind some of the industry’s big names including Amy Shark, Japanese Wallpaper, Holy Holy and Montaigne.


Application details for the 2023 fellowships are now closed.

The current round of the Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program is for fellowships that take place from January to December 2023. There are two distinct streams: artist fellows and industry fellows.

Key dates

Round opens for applicationsFriday 23 September 2022
Closing date for applicationsSunday 16 October 2022
Fellowship period / Funding period1 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

Artist Fellowship

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.

Industry Fellowship

Offers 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.

Through the service the fellowship provides to the local music community, Stigwood alumni are well on their way to long and fruitful careers in the industry.

All applications are assessed by an industry formed panel. Successful Artist Fellowship recipients receive up to $25,000 in grants with Industry Fellowship recipients receiving up to $5,000 in grants to use during the mentorship.

Now in its eighth 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 South Australian Government’s Music Development Office.

Dan Stu at Bigsound 2019

Congratulations to the 2022 Robert Stigwood Fellows



  • 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