19 December 2017
Four Victorian music industry professionals have been selected as the inaugural Music Passport Fast Track Fellows, enabling them to undertake residencies with major international music companies.
Artist managers Charlotte Abroms of Hear Hear Music and Guy Blackman of Chapter Music, and independent label managers Tom Fraser of Pieater and Amy Chapman of Wantok Music, are the first recipients of the Fellowships, a world-first initiative developed and funded by the Victorian Government
Part of the Victorian Government’s landmark $22.2 million Music Works strategy, which is bolstering the state’s music industry at every level, the fellowships are designed to strengthen global connections and pave the way for Victorian artists to break into international markets.
An investment in the people behind the success of Victoria’s best musicians and bands, the program is delivered in partnership with the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) and Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR).
Charlotte Abroms, who manages acts such as Gretta Ray, Ainslie Wills and Angie McMahon. will undertake a residency at Everybody’s Management in London, learning from the team behind the careers of Mumford & Sons and Jack Garratt.
Guy Blackman, who manages Twerps, Laura Jean and The Goon Sax, will partner with Forth William Management/Secretly Canadian in Los Angeles who represent Fleet Foxes and The War on Drugs.
Tom Fraser and Amy Chapman will work with AIR to finalise opportunities with significant international music organisations to expand opportunities for their labels and the growing roster of artists they represent.