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Ashleigh Hills - General Manager, UNIFIED Artist Management | Artist Manager

Ashleigh Hills - General Manager, UNIFIED Artist Management | Artist Manager

“I cannot thank the team at Music Victoria enough for inviting me to be a part of the Cultivate Program this year. Despite not being able to complete any of the sessions in person each one was incredible and the time spent with my mentor Michelle, the other participants and the coaches is something that is going to help me hugely in my career moving forward.”

Danielle Rzik (Mz Rzik) - Broadcaster, DJ & Event Curator

Danielle Rzik (Mz Rzik) - Broadcaster, DJ & Event Curator

“The Cultivate Program provided me with tools and skills that I didn't realise I needed. Navigating the music industry with these new found tools has inspired and motivated me to create and collaborate more. The mentoring and leadership sessions have been essential for my growth as a leader in this industry."

 

Moira Mckenzie - Senior Associate, Sanicki Lawyers

Moira Mckenzie - Senior Associate, Sanicki Lawyers

"Being part of Cultivate has opened my mind up to new ways of thinking and communicating which I know will be a huge assistance across different aspects of my life. I feel like my confidence as a leader has developed throughout the program as I have felt supported and encouraged by my mentor, coach and the Masterclass facilitators. I look forward to putting into practice the things I’ve learned and passing on this knowledge to those I work with. I’ve really enjoyed working with the small group of incredibly talented and dedicated program participants and have found their openness and enthusiasm inspiring especially given everything that has been happening around us.”

Paige X. Cho - Senior Music Strategist, Bolster

Paige X. Cho - Senior Music Strategist, Bolster

"I always knew that the Cultivate program was going to add value to my career, but I definitely didn't realise how life changing it would be! Not only has it equipped me to be a better leader, but it's also given me life skills and confidence that have already created change across other areas of my life. The group masterclasses were inspiring and shone a light on areas of leadership that I would never have looked into on my own accord. My mentor Shamini was a sound board and gave me practical advice using her life experience as a CEO and a leader. This paired up beautifully with my coach Dana, who shared useful psychological frameworks and management tools. I've already seen huge differences in my work at Bolster as a team leader and employee, and can't wait to pay it forward! The amount of care, effort and time invested in me as a Cultivate participant has been tremendous and hasn't gone unnoticed. Huge thanks to the Music Victoria team for delivering such an incredible program with real world outcomes.”

Shannon Driscoll - Executive Director, Girls Rock! Melbourne

Shannon Driscoll - Executive Director, Girls Rock! Melbourne

“Participating in Cultivate has been an incredibly rewarding experience. The program has encouraged me to think critically and more in-depth about what I believe it means to be a good leader, and has helped me identify and take steps towards my goals. It's been so wonderful to have such strong, competent, and experienced role models to learn from, as that's not something I have had much of previously.”

 

Victoria Sweetie Zamora - Head of Labels & Promotions, Remote Control Records

Victoria Sweetie Zamora - Head of Labels & Promotions, Remote Control Records

“Cultivate has been a phenomenal program to be involved in. It's meant an incredible amount to me both professionally and personally. Being connected to a strong mentor outside of the music industry, taking part in masterclasses and having individual coaching sessions has been an immense resource during an incredibly challenging time. I've learnt somuch and been equipped with many new resources and tools. Building a new camaraderie and learning alongside Paige, Dan, Ash, Moira and Shannon has been unforgettable! I can't thank Sarah DeBorre and Music Victoria enough for including me aspart of Cultivate 2020!”

Coco Eke - Label Manager, Bad Apples Music

Coco Eke - Label Manager, Bad Apples Music

"Cultivate has catapulted my confidence to a new level. The program has enveloped me with an extraordinary mentor, a productive coach and a group of friends I treasure."

 

 

Dallas Frasca - Director, A Hitch to the Sticks Festival

Dallas Frasca - Director, A Hitch to the Sticks Festival

"Cultivate has been one of the most rewarding opportunities of my career to date and given me a wealth of great leadership skills that I will apply for years to come in the music industry. Having the one-on-one supportand guidance from handpicked coaches and mentors has nurtured my growth and facilitated some hugely positive results, both personally and on a grand business scale. Cultivate has totally changed the game."

Kate Duncan - CEO, The Push Inc.

Kate Duncan - CEO, The Push Inc.

“Having the opportunity to participate in Cultivate over the past three months has provided me with the most important learnings and insights as a younger female CEO transitioning into being a leader across the creative industries and not for profit space. As a sector, we need more opportunities for women to be connected with other female leaders, to help us develop our confidence and skills, and to normalise the experiences around what can be an incredibly challenging career progression.”

Katie Besgrove - Co-Owner, Look Out Kid / General Manager, Barely Dressed Records

Katie Besgrove - Co-Owner, Look Out Kid / General Manager, Barely Dressed Records

“Cultivate truly exceeded my expectations. Through the incredible coaching and mentoring relationships which were fostered, I was really encouraged to think in-depth about the leadership and communication practices within my business. Surprisingly, it also challenged me to evaluate and work on what I wanted in regards to my individual career. Most importantly, Cultivate has also provided me with a space to have an open, collaborative and ongoing conversation with my peers in the program - which will be invaluable."

Sally Mather - Programming & Commercial Manager, Forum Melbourne

Sally Mather - Programming & Commercial Manager, Forum Melbourne

"Cultivate has been a great way to connect with some incredible women and build on our leadership skills, as well as recognizing and work my own areas for development. I’ve learnt new concepts thatI’ll take with me far beyond the program and will positively influence myself and my team."

 

 

 


Cultivate is an initiative of the Victorian Government.

 


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