Meet your mentors: Sound States announces industry gurus for 2022 program

Meet your mentors: Sound States announces industry gurus for 2022 program

With a focus on self-made industry professionals, Sound States announce their first round of mentors to empower creative minds at next year’s program.

Following the announcement last month that Sound States will be returning in 2022, the three-day emerging music manager and self managed artist program announces the first round of nine mentors that will be sharing their stories of success at the three-day February program. Consisting of some familiar, and some new faces, there is no doubt that the gurus this year have written their own success stories and cultivated inspiring career paths that will be both inspiring and educational for the mentees. 

The brainchild of Perth's own 360 Artist Logistics, Sound States is an initiative that aims to “deliver a continuous DIY message and dismantle the idea that there are industry gate-keepers helping or hindering artistic success”, giving fifteen West Australians the opportunity to to grow their career as a self-managed artist or independent artist manager. The program incurs no cost to the individuals participating - and if you’re located regionally in WA, the program will cover all affiliated travel costs. 

Giving insights to all the industry ins and outs, this year’s lineup of mentors consists of (from left to right in the image below);

Award winning First nations singer/songwriter and music producer Candice Lorrae (The Merindas). Band manager of 27 years (including Illy, Morgan Evans, Dune Rats, Thelma Plum, Busby Marou, and Kita Alexander to name a few) Heath Bradby (Fidelity Corp)Kelsie Miller (Across The Road Music) who currently manages Great Gable and The Money War. Winner of over a dozen WAM awards and ARIA nominee Grace Barbé (Afrotropic Records). Senior Writer Services Representative at APRA AMCOS and Music Industry Skills Lecturer at North Metropolitan TAFE Tenille Elkins. Our very own editor and all-round legend Hayden Davies (Pilerats). Golden WAMi winner and coordinator of Mowanjum Festival as well as Nannup Music Festival Phaedra Watts. Treasurer of the WAM board, and Certified Practising Accountant with a passion for assisting creative artists Kylie Thompson (Sorrento Strategic). And Murray Curnow (hat. Agency) who currently manages local WA acts Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Dulcie & People Taking Pictures, previously managing Royal Blood and assisting other companies artists from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane & Kae Tempest. 

Applications are still open to West Australian residents currently active in the music industry, managing at least one artist (which can be yourself), are over the age of 18, and have previously not participated in the program. To be one of the fifteen lucky participants mentored by this incredible group, be sure to apply before 11:59PM Sunday 19th December 2021. 

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