Music SA in partnership with moshtix, is thrilled to announce the creation of a new scholarship to assist in developing the career of a female South Australian music industry professional.

The announcement was unveiled at the Jade Monkey last night at Music SA’s workshop entitled “Gender Diversity in Music”. The discussion lead by AU Review Editor-in-Chief Sose Fuamoli, featured a panel of music industry professionals including Karina Utomo (High Tension), Chloe Turner (Listen Records/Music Victoria), Emily Retsas (Rock Camp For Girls/High Violet) and Hannah Fairlamb (Ponytail Kink/Office For Women) discussing the gender imbalance in the music industry.

After discussing the many barriers for women trying to forge a career in the music industry, the announcement of this scholarship was a welcome addition to a list of goals set out by Music SA to address these issues.

The scholarship, for a Certificate IV in Music Industry, funded by moshtix and will be offered to a South Australian woman through applications on Music SA’s website.

Harley Evans, CEO and owner of moshtix said, “We first started working with Music SA in 2015 and we’ve seen them go from strength to strength ever since, so we naturally jumped at the opportunity to work with Music SA to fund this scholarship. It’s a fantastic initiative to help increase the presence of women in the music industry and to give them real-world experiences along with a nationally accredited Certificate IV in Music Industry.”

“Lisa and her team have been absolutely killing it in Adelaide, and it’s opening up great opportunities for businesses like moshtix to give back to the industry, spread the good news nationally, and help feed the appetite for live music both in-front and back stage. We can’t wait to see who the successful graduate will be and what they will achieve.”

Lisa Bishop, Music SA General Manager said, “Networks, relationships and confidence are key enablers for women accessing opportunities in the music industry. The moshtix scholarship to study a Certificate IV in the Music Industry at Music SA will provide the scholarship recipient with vital access to mentors and direct experience in building relationships with music industry professionals.”

“I’m thrilled that moshtix has come on board to support this important initiative because they have established partnerships with many live music venues and events in Adelaide that will open further opportunities for the scholarship recipient.”

The full time Certificate IV in Music Industry course commences in March 2018 through Music SA, located at the St Paul’s Creative Centre in the CBD.

Some of the inequalities and barriers that women face 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.

• 30% of public board members on peak music industry bodies are women.

• 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.

• Even in the “world’s biggest musical democracy”, Triple J’s Hottest 100, women have an equal vote but not equal representation with women constituting 48% of voters but only 21% of acts.

• 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.

Applications will open September 2017 – Stay tuned!