17 Queensland Women Herald The First Class Of QMusic's QMentorship Initiative

L-R, Top Row - Mentees: Carli Willis, Mel De Regt, Monique Matthews, Bre Capell, Brittney Kahl, Rachael Hart, Lauren Woods. Second Row - Mentors: Deb Suckling, Kristy Gostelow, Lori Lee Cash, Melania Jack. Third Row - Mentors: Patty Preece, Samantha Morris, Sarah Ponturo and Larissa Ryan.
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QMusic has unveiled the first class of its inaugural QMentorship programme, which will see nine emerging Queensland music industry professionals mentored by eight industry experts to produce a Far North Queensland regional tour.

Part of the Women In Music programme, the QMentorship initiative will see participants from Cairns and Mackay, to Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Ipswich come together (across at least three, ninety-minute one-on-one sessions and fortnightly collaborative meetings) to plan a tour circuit, develop budgets, book venues and artists, and manage the events.

With the aim to support and train early-career music industry professionals, QMentorship will also showcase local artists as well as injecting much needed economic activity into regional areas.

"Q​Mentorship is an important initiative under our W​omen In Music​ ​programme and supports early-career industry professionals w​ho are pursuing a career within our industry, or who want to explore other skills for gaining employment," QMusic CEO, Angela Samut says.

"QMentorship is designed to have e​xperienced industry practitioners​ share their knowledge with their mentees in the areas of: business development, artist management, venue booking, tour management, sound engineering and marketing and publicity.

"It is a vital capacity building programme and one which will produce a tour in north Queensland showcasing local artists and injecting much needed economic activity into our regions."

QMentorship Mentors
Kristy Gostelow - artist management (Mackay)
Deb Suckling - business development (Brisbane)
Larissa Ryan - First Nations artist management (Melbourne, Bundaberg)
Melania Jack - project management (Cairns)
Samantha Morris - promotions and marketing (Gold Coast)
Patty Preece - sound engineering (Cairns)
Sarah Ponturo - tour management (Brisbane)
Lori Lee Cash - venue booking/ producing (Brisbane)

QMentorship Mentees
Bre Capell - project management (Cairns)
Brittney Kahl - venue booking/ producing (Ipswich)
Carli Willis - First Nations artist management (Cairns)
Ellen Hartwig - sound engineering (Brisbane)
Lauren Woods - project management (Gold Coast)
Mel De Regt - tour management (Gold Coast)
Monique Matthews - business development (Brisbane)
Rachael Hart - promotions and marketing (Brisbane)
Sophia De Marco - artist management (Brisbane)

QMentorship is a QMusic Women In Music programme, produced by QMusic and supported by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's Advancing Women in Business initiative.

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