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Women About Sound announce songwriting mentoring programme

Story Published Monday 4 September 2023

Women About Sound are excited to announce their songwriting mentoring programme for women and gender-diverse songwriters for 2023.

The programme costs $50 and consists of three mentoring sessions, a recording session, and the opportunity to collaborate with fellow participants.

Applications close Friday 15th September - link below.

We aim to develop your capability in songwriting and production in a safe and supportive space led by women and gender-diverse mentors and audio engineers. The programme is based in Tāmaki Makaurau. The programme allows you to develop a song idea into a finished track which will be recorded and mixed.

Our programme comprises of:

  • Three mentoring sessions from highly skilled songwriters and producers to gain feedback and advice on an original song
  • Recording a demo of the original song
  • An opportunity to collaborate with fellow participants

Mentoring Sessions: 3 x 2.5 hour sessions:

We will match you up with one of our talented mentors who is best suited to your genre of music. The sessions will focus on giving feedback and direction on the structure, arrangement, lyrics, instrumentation, and production of your song. There will be two weeks between each session to allow time for you to work on the song following feedback.

We will pair you up with another participant for the mentoring sessions. This gives you an opportunity to gain feedback, encouragement and connection with another songwriter. It also provides a chance to reflect and learn about the aspects of songwriting and production through observation of the development of someone else's song.

Recording Session: 4 hour session

We will provide half a day in a recording studio in which you can record a demo of the song you worked on with the mentors. The audio engineer will support your creative direction of the recording, providing you with knowledge that will be useful in future recording sessions. The audio engineer will mix your demo and you will get a chance to give them feedback on the mix before final sign-off.


Mentoring Sessions: 3 x 2.5 hour sessions

Three sessions every two weeks across October/Beginning of November

Recording Demo: 1 x 4 hour session: Morning or afternoon session



Mentoring Sessions: Parachute Studios, Kingsland + MoveSpace, Mt Eden

Recording Session: Depot Studio, Devonport

Requirements for participating:

  • Have a song idea/rough draft ready to work on
  • Must attend three mentoring sessions
  • Be willing to contribute ideas with paired buddy
  • Must attend and come prepared for the recording session

Fee: $50



A rough demo of a song/part of a song, (can be recorded on your phone), that you want to work on in mentoring sessions and record needs to be emailed through as part of the application. Note the song should not be fully complete. The programme is designed to work on a song that you want to develop and need assistance finishing. Please email to: [email protected]

Applications close on Friday 15th September

Any questions email [email protected]