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The Seed Fund Workshop 2019: The Future Makers

Up to 30 opportunities available

Our re-invigorated workshop is back in 2019 with an expanded focus. Participants will meet with peers, facilitators and panelists in a dynamic workshop format which will include discussions with leaders and change makers in our industry. Over the course of the workshop, participants will articulate and create a strategic and tailored 12 month plan to set them on their path to achieve their goals.

Applications will be accepted from artists, artist managers and self-managed artists. The Seed will provide and arrange transport, accommodation and meals for all successful applicants. Should you be successful all you need to do is get yourself to your closest major airport.

Who can apply? Australian artists, artist managers and self managed artists.

2019 Successful Applicants Announced….

After intense deliberation over some months we are so proud to announce this years SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS.

Our focus this year has been on integrating the artist's experience into the management world - to that end we invited artists who have external management to apply - alongside artist managers and self managed artists.

We had an incredibly overwhelming response to the call out and received 320+ applications. Our usual capacity is 25 but this year we absolutely had to extend it to 33, the competition was tough! Our selection process ensures we include a diverse range of backgrounds, genres of music, level of experience and geographical locations.

Alex Wilson‘s main project is sleepmakeswaves who have received 3 ARIA nominations for their last 3 full length albums, have had extensive radio play and the opportunity to tour over 25 countries. Alex is also a music producer and audio engineer. Self Managed, NSW

Amber Fresh (Rabbit Island) is a beloved artist in the Western Australian music scene and over the last ten years has released 2 exceptionally praised studio albums, and cult-loved home recordings. Amber also writes, hikes, records, and her most recent album 'Deep in The Big' was Bandcamp's Album of the Day, with an AMRAP #1 spot for the title track. Self Managed, WA

Ant Beard began writing songs at the age of 15 and began touring Western Australia with his band Carvana Sun 4 years later playing 4-5 shows a weekend. Carvana Sun began touring Europe the following year and have returned for the past 8 summers headlining festivals and performing to 5000+ crowds in Germany. Self Managed, NSW

Ashlyn Koh has managed FOAM for the last 6 years, in this time they have toured Australian 5 times, released 4 EPs and 1 album. Ashlyn recently joined FOAM as the 4th performing member on keys/synth and backing vocals. She also manages CALMLY, FKA and Childsaint and plays drums in CALMLY.  Self Managed, WA

Perth singer-songwriter Bri Clark surfaced in early 2015 on the waves of her debut single ‘Never Far Enough’. Receiving national airplay, the track was nominated for WAM Song of the Year for 2015/16. Bri was shortlisted for the 2018 Vanda and Young songwriting competition and has a 5-track EP due out in early 2019. Self Managed, WA

Damien Platt created Palms Management. Palms represent a diverse roster including Approachable Members Of Your Local Community, Rachel Maria Cox, Juno Disco and Tulliah. Damien was a representative on the board of The Push and Face the Music/Changes Conference. Currently he also works at Vicious Recordings (Peking Duk, Avicii, Madison Avenue) where he oversees five independent dance labels as a Product and Marketing Manager. Manager, VIC         

Emily Holler manages Black Rabbit George and has an enviable career story that includes working as music business mentor, festival director, music supervisor, blogger, digital marketer, publicist, booking agent, international promoter and record label coordinator across Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, London and Europe. Manager, NSW

Hailey Cramer has toured nationally and internationally with Blue King Brown, PEZ and 360. A guest performance on Rockwiz also saw her touring extensively around Australia with their live show. For the past year she has been collaborating with many different musicians and producers for her new project HAYCH which will be launched in 2019. Self Managed, VIC

Hayley Ayres  began her career booking shows for mates which quickly escalated to being employed as a venue booker. Hayley is a touring musician who established 360 Artist Logistics offering events crewing services as well as artist management services. 360 management and bookings roster currently represents Melody Pool, Timothy Nelson, The Floors, Demon Days, Your Girl Pho, Jacob Diamond and Jamilla. Manager, WA

Jake Mason of Cookin’ On 3 Burners is a Melbourne based ARIA-nominated songwriter and producer with over twenty years experience. Jake has released fourteen albums, gained platinum sales and established his own label and production house Soul Messin’ Records. Jake co-wrote and co-produced ‘The Girl’ which became the most shazammed dance song of 2016 worldwide. Self Managed, VIC

Jeremy Furze was previously head of Finance at Unified Music Group and started managing The Teskey Brothers in 2017. Jeremy is now a full time artist manager and has recently taken on the lease at The Bridge Hotel in his hometown of Castlemaine. Manager, VIC

Jessie Lloyd is a composer, performer, creative entrepreneur and a cultural practitioner of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music dedicated to the continuation of song traditions through stories and song. Self Managed, VIC      

Joel Byrne has spent the last 14 or so years touring nationally and internationally as a singer and guitarist in Adelaide rock band Wolf & Cub. Joel is currently the Industry Development Coordinator at Music SA and co-director of Sundial Productions. Sundial’s current roster includes Adelaide acts; Heaps Good Friends and engineer/producer Wade Keighran (Polish Club / Hockey Dad).  Manager, SA

Jack Carty is a songwriter who has been making, touring and releasing original music since 2010. In the last 8 years Jack has released five full-length studio albums; two EPs; received an APRA Professional Development Award and a #1 independent album. Jack has also extensively toured across Australia, the UK, North America, Europe and New Zealand. Self Managed, QLD

Josh Cutler performs with WAM-winning Dan Howls, programs live music at the four Clancy’s Fish Pub venues and in his spare time runs an artist services business, Catalyst Music. Josh manages two artists, Unearthed Falls Fest 2018 winner Elli Schoen and Dunsborough wunderkind Brayden Sibbald. Manager, WA.

Justin Lewis is one part of  Melbourne folk duo, Jack The Fox. The pair grew up on the surf coast of South West Victoria and released their first single 'Brother' in late 2015, the song made its way to #1 on the Global Viral charts and has had almost had 4 million streams. With the success of 'Brother' the Melbourne based duo signed a worldwide publishing deal under Universal Music Publishing Group.  Self Managed, VIC

Karl Smith busked for 7 years in Brisbane before he hit the stage in The Lyrical.  The Lyrical released an EP in 2010 and a full album independently in 2013 and Karl has been performing full time ever since.  Self Managed, QLD

Kim Williamson has been working as an artist manager since 2016 and currently manages Monkey Marc. She started Melbourne Minute, a social media marketing business for independent artists in 2017, specialising in marketing, social media strategy, and working with artists to get the most out of their online presence and music business. Manager, VIC.

Kim Williamson runs independent label Digikillaz with Melbourne producer Monkey Marc (who she manages), together releasing over 30 Jamaican and UK artists for a 3 year reggae-hip hop project with half a dozen releases, ending in an LP and Australasian tour at the end of 2019. She has produced videos for the project with over 10 millions views worldwide. Manager, VIC

Lauren Tarver grew up in the punk scene, began performing solo in 2014 and under ‘El Tee’ in 2018. Tarver previously played in post-punk goth band, Gomme. After releasing her demo album, 'Rough Light', El Tee released her first 2-track EP titled 'Radio Silence', getting airplay on community radio throughout Australia. Self Managed, VIC

Mojo Juju’s star is on the rise with the release of her third studio album, NATIVE TONGUE. Juju has taken her eclectic influences and created a seamless and authentically original sound, continuing her dedication to bucking labels, bending genres and doing her own thing. Self Managed, VIC

Ollie English is a 22 year old singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist from the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Ollie released 2 singles in 2018 'How Many Times' and 'Holy Water', and has supported Robbie Williams, Jason Isbell, Lake Street Drive, Gretta Ray and more.  Self Managed, SA

Paige Trantham performs under the moniker Valentine Music and has teamed up with producer Joel Quartemain, Valentine has started producing the work that will define her. Though still early in her career, Valentine is already a five-time WAM nominee and Vanda & Young International Song Competition finalist.  Self Managed, WA

Rachel Whitford started managing Dear Seattle in 2014 and since 2017 has  worked as a full time artist manager for VVV Management / 123.  Rachel’s previous experience includes working in tour operations for Chugg Entertainment and completing an internship with Destroy All Lines. Manager, VIC

Ruby-Jean McCabe is currently the primary booker for The Milk Factory in South Brisbane, manages Bugs and is the volunteer coordinator for Laneway Brisbane and an assistant agent for national artist booking agency New World Artists. Manager, QLD

Sabrina Robertson works at Native Tongue Music Publishing as Creative Manager and runs music management and publicity company, Maths & Magic and manages Alexander Biggs. Manager, VIC

Stu Larsen has released several independent EPs and two full length albums and over the last 8 years has toured extensively through Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Self Managed, QLD

Tanya Ransom is a soulful folk blues and alt country artist based in Broome, WA who for the last 6 years has been focused on managing her solo career, playing festivals and touring nationally. Tanya’s sophomore album ‘The Art of Departing’ received a string of WAM nominations. Self Managed, WA

Toby Finlayson is a hip hop artist, film maker and the Founder, Creative Director and CEO of Desert Pea Media as well as manager of B-Town Warriors. Toby has co-written, produced and released over 150 songs and music videos over 17 years with Indigenous young people and communities in regional and remote areas all around Australia. Manager, NSW

Udaravi Widanapathirana is an artist manager & founder at Mellum, where they represent Miss Blanks, HABITS, Mere Women, Rebel Yell and Jessica Says. Mellum’s work focuses upon image reconciliation; a term used to describe the fine line between visibility and tokenism for artists from marginalised groups. Udaravi is also currently the promotions coordinator for Inertia Music. Manager, NSW

Vivan Vo aka Small FRY is an artist manager and music publicist. Managing a nest for Rainbow Chan, Yeo and Kult Kyss, she also provides publicity services to various local and independent artists. Vivan has a background in radio and has been a panel speaker at industry conferences. Manager, VIC

Vyvienne Abla has been working in the music and entertainment industry for 15 years. She started out running nightclubs and radio hosting, which later lead into festivals, events, artist management/development and music business. In 2007 Vyvienne founded Vyva Entertainment who currently work with DOBBY (management), Luka Lesson (Project Manager, PR/Touring). Manager, NSW.

Will Watson started PS Music Group which was originally formed solely as a booking agency, the company is the home of bookings for Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Bustamento, Bobby Alu, Tijuana Cartel, Seaside and a host of other acts. In 2018, Will took on the mantle of management for emerging Zimbabwean artist, thando, following the success of her January 2018 single release 'Numb feat. Remi'. Manager, VIC

LANKS is the moniker of Australian songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Will Cuming. LANKS has supported the likes of Glass Animals, Toro Y Moi, RUFUS and Ry X, and has played at Groovin’ the Moo and The Plot festivals. In less than four years, LANKS has released a debut album and three EPs. Will Cuming is also a topline writer, vocalist, and producer.  Self Managed, NSW


Feedback from 2016 Participants

“The Seed Management Workshop was the most intense and inspiring four days to date in my career. To be able to pick the brains and listen to the outstanding panellists and also the chance to build relationships and networks with the other participants has been really rewarding.“ Ashleigh Hills. Manager, VIC

“The Seed Management Workshop was more than just a thorough guide to navigating management, it was a really powerful 'we're all in this together' community-building experience.” Davey Craddock. Self Managed, WA

“Knowledge is power. In the isolation of being a self-managed artist, one can become completely disenfranchised. The entire Seed team delivered a safe space to inspire, and bestow their message to us, one of hard work, passion and experience. I left The Seed feeling recharged and empowered to move forward.” Gabrielle Huber. Self Managed, NSW

“The Management Workshop exceeded all my expectations. It helped me develop specific strategies for achieving a long lasting, fulfilling career. I laughed, cried and connected with some amazing people on a very human level. Quite literally life changing.” Harry Jakamarra. Self Managed, WA

“The generosity of knowledge and time that the guest speakers and The Seed team gave us was an incredible and rare opportunity. I left feeling equipped, inspired, connected and with a strong sense of direction, for both my artists and my own business. I know the relationships I’ve built and what I’ve learnt this week is critical in my career development and, on a personal level, I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with such amazing people.” Kate Adams. Manager, VIC

“This course absolutely delivered the goods. The topics covered were broad and detailed, and the panelists were all subject matter experts. This was exactly what I believe everyone in the room needed, and has left a very inspired and committed group of young individuals ready to make their own mark on the world.” Patrick Davies. Manager, NSW

Important Dates

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED (9am Monday 15th Oct 2018)

APPLICANTS NOTIFIED  Monday 3rd Dec 2018                      

WORKSHOP March/April 2019