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Music Creators Mentoring Programme

The Ivors Academy and Help Musicians, the nearly 100-year-old charity for professional musicians, with support from The Ivors Academy Trust, have launched a pilot of a new mentoring scheme for members of The Ivors Academy.

The Music Creators Mentoring Programme facilitates access to the wider music-making community, matching skills and knowledge. It provides creators with a space to learn, develop and maximise their potential.

Successful mentoring partnerships change lives by drawing out and developing talent, by providing career development advice and the impetus for lifelong professional relationships. They benefit mentors as well as mentees by providing opportunities to consider new ideas and perspectives, and developing coaching skills.

The Music Creators Mentoring Programme will run from September 2020 to March 2021, and forms part of a pilot project which will influence the development of Help Musicians’ National Mentoring Bank.

The programme will match 50 emerging music creators (mentees) with 50 suitable mentors from within the membership and the broader music industry. Recruitment for both mentees and mentors will be in two groups, with each group comprising 25 mentee-mentor pairs.

Each group will have different start and end dates for the mentoring process, as well as different dates for participation – please choose what will work best for your schedule.

Group 1

Applications open:  15 July 2020
Application deadline: 12 August 2020
Notification: 21 August 2020
Training: w/c 7 September 2020
Mentoring start date: 14 September 2020
Mentoring end date: 28 February 2021

Group 2

Applications open: 15 July 2020
Application deadline: 12 August 2020
Notification: 18 September 2020
Training: w/c 5 October 2020
Mentoring start date: 12 October 2020
Mentoring end date: 31 March 2021

Who can apply?

This programme is open to all members of The Ivors Academy, encouraging music creators across all styles, genres and applications.

The Music Creators Mentoring Programme aims to represent the diverse nature of the UK music sector and is open to music creators from all social and cultural backgrounds. The programme specially welcomes applications from women and gender minorities, and those with disabilities.

If you are not yet a member of The Ivors Academy you can find out more information about joining here.

There are a limited number of membership bursaries for those who may be experiencing financial hardship due to Covid-19. The bursary covers the cost of annual membership and is provided by The Ivors Academy Trust. For more information visit The Ivors Academy membership bursary webpage.

If you are applying to the Music Creators Mentoring Programme as a Mentor we are offering free membership for 6 months to both new and existing members of The Ivors Academy. For more information visit The Ivors Academy mentor membership application webpage.

For questions relating to membership or bursaries, please contact the membership team at membership@ivorsacademy.com

Apply to become a Mentee

Mentee benefits:

• Free access to specialist peer-to-peer mentoring
• Guaranteed eight hours of online mentoring
• An online register of available mentors (online portal)
• Facilitated matching via an online portal
• Two online training sessions (one introduction session of 1.5 hours at beginning of the programme and one check-in session of 1.5 hours at the mid-point of the programme)
• Access to online resources (i.e. mentoring handbook, action plans)

Eligibility

Mentees must:

• Be aged over 18
• Be a member of The Ivors Academy
• Be available between September 2020 and February 2021 (Group 1) or October 2020 and March 2021 (Group 2) and commit to up to eight hours of 1-to-1 mentoring with your mentor via phone call or video conferencing
• Be in financial need and without significant backing (not receiving significant financial backing from a record label, publisher or private investor and not having savings over £16,000)
• Be a UK resident (you spent 183 or more days in the UK in the tax year or your only home was in the UK – you must have owned, rented or lived in it for at least 91 days in total – and you spent at least 30 days there in the tax year)

Apply to become a Mentor

Mentor benefits:

• A new learning experience and the opportunity to share knowledge with music creators
• 6 months free membership at The Ivors Academy
• Satisfaction of ‘giving back’ to your peers and the music creator community
• An online register of available mentees (online portal)
• Facilitated matching via an online portal
• Two online training sessions (one x introduction session of 1.5 hours at beginning of the programme and one check-in session of 1.5 hours at the mid-point of the programme
• Access to online resources (i.e. mentoring handbook, action plans)

Eligibility

Mentors must:

• Have minimum of 7 years’ experience in the music industry
• Be a member or Friend of The Ivors Academy
• Be available between September 2020 and February 2021 (Group 1) or October 2020 and March 2021 (Group 2) to commit to up to eight hours of 1-to-1 mentoring with your mentee via phone call or video conferencing

Please make sure you read the full guidelines here before applying

Apply to the Music Creators Mentoring Programme as a Mentee here

Apply to the Music Creators Mentoring Programme as a Mentor here

If you have a disability which means you cannot fill in the application form, please contact the team at Help Musicians by emailing Creative@helpmusicians.org.uk with the title access enquiry.

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