Queensland women to take part in music mentorship program

QMusic, Queensland’s music industry development association, today announced 17 outstanding QMentorship recipients who will be mentored by eight industry experts to produce a regional tour in Far North Queensland.

Proudly supported by the Queensland Government via the Advancing Women in Business initiative from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, QMentorship
supports women to start and grow their own businesses and attain positions of leadership.

QMusic CEO, Angela Samut congratulated the 17 women saying, “QMentorship is an important initiative under our Women in Music program and supports early-career industry professionals who are pursuing a career within our industry, or who want to explore other skills for gaining employment.

“QMentorship is designed to have experienced 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,” said Ms Samut.

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

From Cairns and Mackay, to Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Ipswich, the 2021 QMentorship recipients are:


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


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

Mentors and mentees are paired up for at least three 90 minute one-on-one sessions and fortnightly collaborative meetings to plan the tour circuit, develop budgets, book venues and artists and manage events.

QMusic partners with regional councils and the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) to develop and deliver the QMentorship program.

Funding for QMentorship is from the Queensland Government via the Advancing Women in Business initiative from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. This initiative supports and encourages more women to start and grow their own business and attain positions of leadership.

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