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Being mentored through Co-Pilot can help:

  • With practical advice, encouragement and support to develop your career
  • Identify goals to help take the next steps in your career
  • Build confidence and feel empowered to make decisions
  • Gain insights, understanding and help identify how to develop your skills

Co-Pilot is a mentee-led mentoring network, which means that mentees submit match requests and are responsible for scheduling and the direction of the sessions.

As a mentee, you will be expected to come to sessions with topics to discuss and be prepared to invest time working towards your goals.

If you don’t have an active project or area of development you are ready to work on over the coming 9 – 12 months, then we recommend waiting until the next round of applications before applying.

Academy members will be informed through our fortnightly newsletter when future rounds of applications open.


  • Free access to a one-to-one specialist music industry mentor for eight hours of online mentoring
  • Access to networking opportunities through regular peer-to-peer sessions
  • Opportunities to enhance your learning with expert practitioner webinars, plus invites to Help Musicians’ business skills workshops and Get Set Sessions
  • Online resources, including a digital guidebook, induction videos and signposting to further Help Musicians’ support
  • Ongoing support from Co-Pilot’s mentoring team
  • Mentees are usually required to wait 12 months after completing their first round of mentoring before reapplying, but Academy members have an opportunity to reapply straight away for a second round of mentoring


To apply as a mentee through The Ivors Academy, you must:

  • Be a current Ivors Academy member
  • Be a music creator of any genre or discipline, with an active career and can demonstrate your work to date.
  • Be aged over 18
  • Be in financial need without significant backing (i.e. not receiving significant financial backing from a label, publisher or private investor)
  • Have an active music project or have identified an area of your career to discuss during mentoring sessions
  • Be able to commit to Co-Pilot activities and have time to put learning into practice between mentoring sessions
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Currently live in the UK

Apply as a member

Find out about becoming a member of The Ivors Academy and bursaries if you face financial barriers to join.

Please note that joining The Ivors Academy does not mean that you will be automatically approved to be a mentee or mentor.


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