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Applications open for The Lighthouse Award 2024

Media Published Tuesday 12 March 2024

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 Tuesday 16 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, Charlotte Abroms, Lorrae McKenna, Maggie Collins, Kristy Gostelow, Simone Ubaldi and more.

"The Lighthouse Award allowed me to expand my business by helping to fund a part-time assistant. I was able to clear a lot of administrative work off of my desk to focus on strategy development for my artists, while at the same time training another enthusiastic woman in some of the fundamentals of music management. It has been a blessing and a relief over the last twelve months,” said Simone Ubaldi, 2023 recipient and manager of internationally-acclaimed and 3x ARIA Award winners Amyl and The Sniffers.

“Music managers are the unsung heroes of the music industry. They wear so many different hats, juggle multiple business demands, all fuelled by a passion for their artists’ and songwriters’ talent. At APRA AMCOS we recognise the critical role that women and non-binary music managers play, both in supporting exceptional local musicians and fostering supportive and inclusive communities,” said Karen Don, Head of Membership, APRA AMCOS.

“We are proud to honour Linda Geber’s spirit and legacy 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.

Applications are open now until Tuesday 16 April, 5pm (AEST).

Applications close 16 April 2024, and the recipient will be announced at the Association of Artist Managers Awards on 1 May.