The Andrews Labor Government is inviting young people with a passion for the music industry to get hands-on experience through the 2015-16 FReeZA Mentoring Program.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced the opening of applications for the mentoring program, delivered by youth music organisation The Push to around 30 young people a year.

Successful participants are matched to a mentor in their area of interest, such as event management, performance, technical production, marketing and publicity, and music business.

They participate in a series of tailored industry training and master classes to be able to successfully stage a number of high profile events and complete a professionally produced recording project.

Young people who participate in the FReeZA mentoring program also receive assistance to consolidate their career opportunities in the music industry through:

  • development of industry standard Press Kits, folios and CVs
  • support to access further training, employment and other volunteering opportunities
  • referrals to larger scale industry events, festivals and other internships with leading music businesses

The mentoring program forms part of the Labor Government’s 2016-18 FReeZA program.

Further information can be found at:

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos

“More than 90 young people over the past three years have been assisted through this program, getting hands-on experience and establishing contacts and networks in the music industry.”

“I encourage young Victorians to get involved in this program, and congratulate the graduates from this year’s program, many of whom have secured work in the industry.”

Quotes attributable to FReeZA mentor Tibor Gede

“It was a pleasure to be a mentor on the FReeZA Mentoring program in 2015, seeing the determination of young people who feel passionate about local Australian music.”

“The mentee I worked with has shown me the backbone of the next generation of Victoria’s thriving music culture.”