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Join the Co-Pilot Mentoring Network – deadline extended for group 2

Following the success of the 2020 Music Creators Mentoring Programme, Help Musicians opens Co-Pilot: the Musicians' Mentoring Programme in partnership with The Ivors Academy

Focus, grow and thrive in music with the help of a mentor

Co-Pilot: the Musicians’ Mentoring Network supports music creators with their development by pairing them with an experienced industry mentor.

Navigating the music business, as well as the creative, logistical, financial, and emotional pressures that come with being a music creator, can make sustaining a career in the industry incredibly challenging.

Co-Pilot empowers music creators to take the next step in their careers by matching them with an experienced professional from the world of music, who can share their skills, knowledge, and expertise to help talented creators focus, grow and thrive.


  • Can you help a musician to reach their full potential?
  • Can you encourage and inspire a musician to take the next steps in their career?
  • Can you use your expert knowledge and lived experience of the music industry to support a musicians’ creative and professional development?
  • Can you listen, provide guidance and offer constructive feedback in an open, honest and diplomatic way?
  • Can you commit to a mentoring relationship with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, share your skills, knowledge, and expertise?

If this sounds like you, then you could be a mentor.

What are the benefits?

  • Songwriter and composer mentors receive a free professional membership to The Ivors Academy for the duration of the programme
  • A new learning experience and the opportunity to share knowledge with music
    creators and performers.
  • A sense of fulfilment and personal growth through ‘giving back’ to individual
    peers and a wider community of music creators.
  • An opportunity to gain skills and training in mentoring through an online package
    of resources (digital guidebook and mentoring videos, Welcome Webinar, expert
    practitioner webinar and regular peer-to-peer support sessions).
  • An opportunity to reinforce your own skillset and knowledge of your subject(s).
    Improved communication, leadership and management skills.
  • Engagement with ‘new voices’/next generation music creators and performers at
    formative stages of their careers.
  • Friendship, rapport and a shared sense of purpose.
  • Developing techniques for being a more effective mentor (how to listen, ask
    questions and exercise patience).
  • Expanded career development possibilities.
  • Increased confidence and motivation.
  • Expanding and cultivating your networks.

To be a mentor you must be able to commit to:

  • Providing eight hours of one-to-one mentoring across a six-month
    period with your mentee via phone calls or video conferencing.
  • Completing a compulsory online induction by reading a digital
    guidebook and watching five mentoring videos (total duration of videos is 45mins).
  • Attending a compulsory one-hour Welcome Webinar
  • Engaging with a range of voluntary activities provided to support your
    mentoring journey, including an expert practitioner webinar, and peer-to-peer support sessions.
  • Taking part in the evaluation of the mentoring process through the
    completion of two online surveys (mid-point and end of mentoring

Download the full guidance document including programme schedule

Deadline for Group 1: 15th October 2021 at 5pm

Deadline for Group 2: 29th November 2021 at 5pm

Ready to join the network? Apply as a mentor now


  • Do you have a specific task that you need help with to further your career right now?
  • Are you looking to develop your knowledge and skills in a certain area?
  • Could guidance from an experienced musical or industry mentor help determine where you go next?
  • Do you need someone with professional understanding to guide your ideas?

What are the benefits?

  • Free access to a one-to-one specialist music industry mentor
  • Guaranteed eight hours of online mentoring
  • Access to online resources (i.e. digital guidebook and five mentoring videos, expert practitioner webinars and peer-to-peer support sessions)
  • Up-to-date access to resources and support from Help Musicians and the Ivors Academy.

To ensure your application is eligible you must:

  • Be a professional songwriter or composer (you do not need to be working full time).
  • Be 18 years or above at the time of application
  • Be a member of The Ivors Academy
  • Not have more than £16,000 in savings
  • Be a UK resident and have spent 183 or more days in the UK in the last 12 months

Download the full guidance document including programme schedule

Deadline for Group 1: 15th October 2021 at 5pm

Deadline for Group 2: 29th November 2021 at 5pm

Apply as a mentee here.

If you are not yet a member of The Ivors Academy and wish to apply, you can join today. We want to ensure that membership is accessible to all songwriters and composers, if there is a financial barrier preventing you from joining, we ask you to consider applying for a membership bursary.


Co-Pilot: the Musicians’ Mentoring Network is delivered by Help Musicians. The founding professional association partner is The Ivors Academy, with support from The Ivors Academy Trust. The founding record company partner is Universal Music Group.


Hear from some of the participants of the network to find out what impact the experience had on them:

Simon Rix: Ivors Academy professional member, songwriter and bassist of the Kaiser Chiefs

RéY: rapper and producer

Fabiola Morales: musician, singer and music industry professional

For questions please email Membership Manager Nicky Carder at nicky@ivorsacademy.com


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