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AAM and MMF announce the return of their flagship mentoring programme Co-Pilot

Story Published Friday 28 July 2023

Delivered in partnership with Spotify and MMF Aotearoa, and running from November 2023 – April 2024, the program will support 10 early-mid career music artist managers, with 8 AAM members from Australia and 2 MMF Aotearoa members from New Zealand being selected for this year’s program.

Artist managers are creative entrepreneurs, and amongst the most nimble creative business leaders that Australia and Aotearoa produces. They’re the CEO of the artist’s business, required to demonstrate skill, agility and leadership across all facets of the artist’s creative and business endeavours, nurturing diverse pathways and income streams to support thriving careers for artists. In today’s climate, managers must be prepared to pursue, develop and manage global careers for their artists, and the disruption of the pandemic years has only accelerated changes in how artists and their managers are approaching all facets of an artist’s career.

The AAM’s core vision for Co-Pilot is to strengthen the management sector and promote sustainable career growth for this next generation of creative entrepreneurs. Co-Pilot provides selected participants with access to essential peer-to-peer mentoring, professional development, networking opportunities and the latest industry-relevant information, supporting them as they navigate changes in the music industry and the next steps in their careers.

Backed by the invaluable support of Spotify, the AAM - Australia's peak body for Australian contemporary music managers - is uniquely equipped to lead with experience and expertise, guiding this next generation of managers to upskill, update and re-future their businesses and those of their artists. 

The Co-Pilot program will kick off with a 2 day, in-person workshop series at Spotify offices in Sydney/Eora on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd November, 2023 (flights, accommodation and catering at workshops provided), and will be followed by peer-to-peer mentoring, one-on-one sessions with a Spotify team member, online professional development webinars and more, between November 2023 and April 2024. Upon completion of the program, participants will each receive a $1500 AUD bursary to support their career and professional development.

Applications for Co-Pilot 2023 are now open and close Wednesday 30 August, 2023 at midnight AEST.

See details below for full program details, key dates and activities, eligibility criteria and a link to apply.

Please note: Australian applicants must be members of the AAM - and New Zealand applicants members of the MMF Aotearoa - to apply, as well as meeting other eligibility criteria.