Applications are now open for the IGNITE 2018 programme, which kicks off on April 7, and will see 10 music industry professionals mentoring the next generation of aspiring young event managers.
The youth development initiative was first launched in 2016 with the aim of empowering young people to pursue their passion in music and events. Now the 12-week, Auckland-based, programme returns, offering placements for 10 young people, aged 15-18. Each participant will be paired with an industry mentor, who will provide one-on-one support, advice and practical information.
Participants will also further their skills at hands-on workshops, seminars and venue tours and get the opportunity to apply their skills learnt to produce a music-based event at the end of the programme.
One deserving graduate will be awarded the MAINZ Scholarship to study a Diploma in Music and Event Management in 2019.
Applications for the programme, which is free, can be found HERE and close on Sunday, March 4, 6pm.
MEET THE MENTORS:
This year's mentors include a mix of high profile industry heavyweights, and up-and-comers who are fast establishing a name for themselves in New Zealand music. They offer invaluable event experience and industry knowledge.
- Dylan Keating (Moretone Music)
- Ellie Smith (Freelance Tour Manager / Production Assistant)
- Fenella Stratton (Twice The Hype)
- Josh Smith (Rhythm and Vines)
- Poppy Tohill (CRS Management, Auckland City Limits)
- Riccardo Ball (Wrecking Ball Media)
- Tim Richards (Music in Parks / Auckland Marathon)
- Tom Anderson (Freelance Production / Whammy Bar)
*Dylan Keating and Riccardo Ball’s involvement is thanks to the support of the
Music Managers Forum (MMF).
The final two mentors will be selected once the applications close, taking into consideration their musical interests and aspirations, to best match the participant with an industry mentor.
The inaugural IGNITE programme in 2016 was met with great success, resulting in many of its participants moving on to tertiary education and gaining work placements and internship opportunities across the industry. Hunter Keane, who was then a student at Western Springs College, was awarded the MAINZ Scholarship to study a Diploma in Music and Event Management. He was supported by mentor Anthony Metcalf and ran a concert featuring the band The Leers.
Watch Hunter's story here
IGNITE believes when young people discover their passion they will thrive and reach their full potential. Music is a powerful artform via which IGNITE supports the personal and professional development of young people, giving them a stepping stone to further education pathways and discover the various careers that exist within New Zealand's vibrant creative industries. Through the programme, our young people will also engage the wider community by producing truly authentic youth events – run by young people for young people, whilst creating key performance opportunities for young and emerging artists. IGNITE is made possible in 2018 with generous support from Music and Audio Institute of NZ (MAINZ), NZ Music Commission and Creative Communities.
Full programme information, mentor bios and the application form are available at: www.igniteprogramme.org.nz