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Co-Pilot Mentoring
The Musicians’ Mentoring Network

Applications are open now. Apply by 2nd August 2024 at 5pm.

Find a music mentor with Co-Pilot. Be empowered to develop your career with support and guidance from an experienced songwriter, composer, musician or industry professional.

The music industry can be a lonely field, having a mentor can give you that ​one foot in’ feeling and make you feel like you’re not doing everything on your own.”

Dominique Levack, singer-songwriter

It is run by Help Musicians in partnership with The Ivors Academy and members can apply to become a mentee or mentor.

The initiative provides eight hours of mentoring across six months, but it is more than just mentoring. You will have access to resources, workshops and networking opportunities to develop your career. To make it as accessible as possible, Co-Pilot is an online network. Mentors and mentees can be located anywhere in the UK.

Mentees are usually required to wait 12 months after completing their first round of mentoring before reapplying, but as a founding partner, Academy members have an opportunity to reapply for Co-Pilot straight away for a second round of mentoring.

What’s involved in mentoring

Over six months, mentees and mentors:

  • Attend a 90-minute online welcome session
  • Have access to guides and induction videos
  • Meet your mentoring partner during a 30-minute chemistry session
  • Complete eight hours of mentoring over six months through one-to-one video conferencing
  • Attend optional peer-to-peer networking opportunities including a mentor/mentee meet up
  • Attend optional expert practitioner webinars and business skills workshops
  • Complete a midpoint and final evaluation survey

Be mentored

There’s no blueprint for having a successful career as a songwriter or composer. What advice, guidance and encouragement you need will be unique to your journey. Being mentored provides personalised support that can be valuable throughout your career.

Find out more and apply to be mentored

Mentor others

Mentoring is an important way to give back and support your fellow songwriters and composers at different stages of their careers. It also builds your skills and connections, providing new perspectives and ideas.

Find out more and apply to become a mentor

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