Robert Stigwood Fellowships issued for 2018-19

After four successful years, the Robert Stigwood Fellowship will again help kickstart the careers of South Australia’s best artists and industry entrepreneurs.


This year’s chosen fellows will have access to opportunities including funding and mentorship from high level industry professionals, assistance with song writing, production, marketing and publicity, development of business skills and attendance at conferences, including high level industry meetings.

2018 Artist Fellows:

  • Paradise Club - Mid 90's inspired indie rock with a touch of emo
  • Jess Day - Glorious, emotion-infused acoustic pop
  • Wing Defence - Fun and edgy take on indie pop
  • Sleep talk - Post Hardcore with a dash of Alternative Rock
  • Mario Spate - Electronic soundscapes and film score atmosphere

2018 Industry Fellows:

  • Alice Fraser - Tour managing Company
  • Planet Shhh - Management Team
  • Hobbledehoy Records - Record Label

“The Fellowships, named after Adelaide expat Robert Stigwood, provide tailored and specific professional development, and global connections in the commercial music industry, focusing on accelerating skills, knowledge and career advancement,” said Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni.

“In the past, mentoring and tailored funding has led to recording and publishing deals being entered into and sold out headline tours.

“It has also led to some of Adelaide’s best artists being showcased at the world-renowned Great Escape Festival in the UK and Bigsound in Brisbane, as well as collaborations with Grammy-award winning producers and having songs played on high rotation on major radio stations.

“The career development assistance the Fellows gain from the program means they have opportunities open up for them in South Australia that they might otherwise have had to leave the State to pursue. It boosts our homegrown talent base, which in turn is good for the local sector.”

The Robert Stigwood program aims to encourage and cultivate the best emerging South Australian artists and music industry entrepreneurs, whilst celebrating Robert Stigwood and his achievements throughout his career.

As one of the most successful figures in the entertainment industry in the 1960s and 1970s Robert Stigwood managed acts such as The Bee Gees and Cream, produced films including Saturday Night Fever theatre productions such as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar.

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