APPLICATIONS OPEN – Kiwi Music Professionals sign up as Mentors

Applications are now open for the IGNITE programme, which kicks off on April 7th, and will see 10 music industry professionals mentoring the next generation of aspiring young event managers.

The youth development initiative was first launched in 2016 with the aim of empowering young people to pursue their passion in music and events. Now the 12-week, Auckland-based programme returns, offering placements for 10 young people, aged 15-18 years old. Each participant will be paired with an industry mentor, who will provide one-on-one support, advice and practical information.

Participants will also further their skills at hands-on workshops, seminars and venue tours and get the opportunity to apply their skills learnt to produce a music-based event at the end of the programme. One deserving graduate will be awarded the MAINZ Scholarship to study a Diploma in Music and Event Management in 2019.

Applications for the programme, which is free, can be found HERE and close on Sunday 4th March, 6pm.


Mentors include a mix of high profile industry heavyweights, and up-and-comers who are fast establishing a name for themselves, all offering invaluable event experience and industry knowledge.

The final two mentors will be selected once the applications close, taking into consideration their musical interests and aspirations, to best match the participant.

Dylan Keating & Riccardo Ball’s involvement is thanks to the support of Music Managers Forum (MMF).

The inaugural IGNITE programme in 2016 was met with great success, resulting in many of its participants moving on to tertiary education and gaining work placements and internship opportunities across the industry. HUNTER KEANE, who was then a student at Western Springs College, was awarded the MAINZ Scholarship to study Diploma in Music and Event Management. He was supported by mentor Anthony Metcalf and ran a concert featuring the band The Leers. Watch his story!