MMF Aotearoa Announces Co-Pilot Scheme

May 16th 2022
The Music Managers Forum Aotearoa is thrilled to announce a flagship professional development program, Co-Pilot, in partnership with Association of Artist Managers (AAM) Australia and Spotify.

Emerging and developing music managers play a critical role in the Australian and Aotearoa music landscape. Often at the forefront of discovery, experimentation and development, they are a vital part of the future of Australian and Aotearoa music. However, an ever-evolving industry landscape, economies of scale and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic means that emerging and developing managers face a series of challenges when facing critical career turning points.

To ensure a robust and healthy Australian and Aotearoa management industry now and into the future, emerging and developing managers who are approaching career turning points must be supported now, as they pivot, update, and re-future their businesses and those of their artists.

Delivered in partnership with Spotify and AAM, the 2022 Co-Pilot Program is a mentoring program that delivers tailored professional development and community connection for program participants. The Co-Pilot Programme was initiated in Australia in 2014, and for the first time this year, the programme has been expanded to include two New Zealand managers. With Spotify and AAM’s help, 12 emerging and developing managers from Australia (ten participants) and Aotearoa (two participants) will participate in;
  • A four-month mentorship with an established Australian manager
  • An in-person introductory workshop day at Spotify HQ in Sydney
  • A one-on-one session with Spotify
  • A series of virtual professional development workshops

In the process, participants will learn how to re-future their business models to the evolving music industry landscape, with a Spotify strategy being key to those plans. Participants will also receive a $2000 bursary upon completion of the program. 

Applications are now open to MMF Aotearoa members. Applications close 11.59PM, Tuesday 31 May.

For further information, and to apply:



Music Managers Forum Aotearoa is the collective voice for music managers and self-managed artists, both signed and independent. The MMF Aotearoa is an independent, non-profit trade association dedicated to helping grow artist manager businesses through education, networking and advocacy.

The MMF Aotearoa work towards a fairer, honest and more transparent music industry which operates with the highest of integrity in the interests of the artists our members represent. We aim to represent the wide diversity of voices and backgrounds of music managers and their artists.

The MMF Aotearoa is part of International Music Managers’ Forum (IMMF) and European Music Managers Association (EMMA), a worldwide community of music managers, with active organisations in:
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