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Applications are open for The Lighthouse Award 2023

Media Published Tuesday 21 February 2023

Established in memory of pioneering artist manager Linda Gebar, The Lighthouse Award provides a $5,000 grant annually to a woman-identifying or non-binary artist manager. Applications are now open to those in the field who exhibit passion, creativity and integrity, and is open to applicants nationally.

The Lighthouse Award, established in memory of pioneering artist manager Linda Gebar, returns in 2023 with submissions now open for women-identifying or non-binary artist managers to apply for the $5,000 grant. The individual must exhibit passion, creativity and integrity, and is open to applicants nationwide.

Applications are open now until Thursday 6 April, 5pm (AEST).

Linda Gebar died tragically in October 2008 soon after the birth of her second child. She was one of the few women in artist management in the 90s, and worked with The Killjoys, Frente and The Blackeyed Susans. She also booked the Punters Club, worked at PBS FM, had a record label and worked at APRA AMCOS.

Linda was a truly passionate believer in local music and the community that surrounded it, and was a mentor and colleague to many. This memorial award exists to continue Linda’s work, and support a forward-thinking manager who is dedicated to Australian music.

Previous recipients of The Lighthouse Award include Jen Cloher, Bonnie Dalton, Bernadette Ryan, Charlotte Abroms, Sabrina Robertson, Lorrae McKenna, Maggie Collins, and Kristy Gostelow.

"Being awarded the APRA AMCOS Lighthouse Award was such a positive experience for me. It gave me the confidence that I was doing the right things in my Artist Management business and the focus to keep on going in that direction," said Kristy Gostelow, 2021 recipient and director of Kadence Group, with clients including Aodhan, Busby Marou and Tia Gostelow.

"The Lighthouse Award gives financial support and acknowledgement to women-identifying and non-binary artist managers, and we can see the flow-on effect that has to recipients’ diverse artist rosters," said Alison Wright, Head of Member Services, APRA AMCOS.

"We are proud to honour the pioneering work and spirit of Linda Gebar with this award."

The Lighthouse Award represents APRA AMCOS’ commitment to addressing the gender imbalance within the music industry and encouraging women and gender diverse individuals to pursue a career in music.

Please read eligibility criteria and application details.

Applications close 6 April 2023, and the recipient will be announced at the Association of Artist Managers Awards on 27 April.