After a stellar partnership year in 2018, Moshtix and Music SA are today proud to announce that they will again be offering a scholarship to assist in developing the career of an aspiring South Australian female music industry professional in 2019.

The 2018 scholarship saw winner Elli Cleary receive her Certificate IV in Music Business, and allowed her to build connections and network with some of the best in the business at major events such as Bigsound, the AIR Awards, Umbrella: Winter City Sounds, and the South Australian Music Awards, alongside the Moshtix team. 

Cleary said of the opportunities the scholarship has provided her “It’s been such an incredible year of learning and gaining experience, and I’m so grateful to Moshtix and Music SA for the endless support throughout it all. I’m really excited for what’s to come and I feel confident moving forward. If you’re thinking about applying, I really encourage you to do so!”

Funded by Moshtix, women interested in obtaining their Certificate IV in Music Business may apply on Music SA’s website, with a scholarship winner to be chosen by Christmas-time this year.

Harley Evans, CEO and owner of Moshtix said, “We’re thrilled to be offering this opportunity once again to an aspiring female music professional, and really enjoyed seeing Elli Cleary’s progress through the 2018 scholarship. It was also terrific to be able to introduce her to some of our industry peers and friends to help her develop a network of contacts that will hopefully be of value to her as her career evolves. Elli has a great future in music ahead of her and we’re thrilled that Moshtix and Music SA were able to help her along the way.

Lisa Bishop, Music SA General Manager said, “Every opportunity counts and this demonstrates that it takes one small partnership between two music businesses to bring about change for women. It’s an important practical part of the increased attention on closing the gender gap we’ve seen the industry focus on in the last 3 years”.

The full time Certificate IV in Music Business course commences in February 2019 through Music SA, located at the St Paul’s Creative Centre in the CBD. 

There are many barriers for women trying to forge a career in the music industry, and this scholarship was a welcome addition to a list of goals set out by Music SA last year to address these issues.

Some of the current stats around women in the music industry include:

  • According to the Australia Council for the Arts, 80% of songwriters are men. 70% of music teachers are women.
  • 1 in 5 musicians (21.5%) registered with APRA (royalties collection agency) in Australia are women.In 2008, women only earned 10.5 per cent of the total royalty payments APRA made to its members.
  • In the past three Australian censuses, women have only made up 29 per cent of people who listed “music professional” as their job.
  • For the third-year running, there were more men than women on public boards for music organisations, managing artists, and managing independent record labels.
  • Women have only made up about a quarter of people listed in AMID’s annual Power 50 list — which details the most powerful people in the Australian music industry — since its inception in 2012.
  • Out of 225 artist managers surveyed in 2016 102 were women.
  • 80% of independent record labels in Australia are managed by men.
  • Music Victoria research in 2016 has shown that the confidence gap between men and women applies widely.
  • The national musical festival circuit is still dominated by male artists. None of Australia’s major touring festivals have reached gender parity on their lineups in three years, however Laneway remains Australia’s most gender-diverse festival, with female-identifying acts (or acts featuring both men and women) making up 44 per cent of its most recent line-up.
  • Research at La Trobe University has found that unwanted sexual attention is a significant problem faced by women going to live music events.
  • Most job opportunities in the music industry are not formally advertised,  and so this limits merit-based selection and highlights the importance of informal networks and connections.
  • In 2017, the gender split of music grant recipients from the Australia Council for the Arts was at its most balanced in three years, with women receiving 53 per cent of their spend on music grants.
  • In 2018 there was APRA AMCOS, Australia’s music royalty collecting body, which announced sweeping changes to increase gender diversity among its members.

Apply here:

Applications close 5pm 14th December 2018.

About Moshtix    
Moshtix is Australia’s most trusted ticketing company, selling live experiences to Australia’s best music, sport, exhibitions and entertainment events. Founded in 2003, Moshtix stands for the fan, being first to market with e-ticketing in 2003 and introducing Australia’s first authorised ticket re-sale platform in conjunction with the iconic Splendour in The Grass back in 2010. With more than 1.3 million active event goers in its database, Moshtix continues to feed the appetite for live entertainment, and remove the barriers between the artist and the fan to “make live easy”.
About Music SA
For over 20 years not-for-profit company Music SA has delivered programs and services to develop and promote South Australian contemporary original musicians, build their audiences and strengthen the industry. Music SA runs music business training programs and songwriting workshops, provides high profile performance opportunities for emerging musicians, conducts an annual live music census, runs the Umbrella winter live music festival and stages the SA Music Awards.

Photo of Elli Cleary by Chloe Warrick