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Kristy Gostelow wins The Lighthouse Award

Media Published Monday 31 May 2021

$5,000 grant for a woman or non-binary person in artist management, in memory of Linda Gebar

Kristy Gostelow manages Aodhan, Busby Marou, Colin Lillie and Tia Gostelow

Awarded to an artist manager who exhibits passion, creativity and integrity


We are proud to announce that Kristy Gostelow, director of Kadence Group and managing director of Lovely Records, is the 2021 recipient of The Lighthouse Award. The honour was established in memory of pioneering artist manager Linda Gebar and comes with a $5,000 cash prize.

The award goes to an artist manager who identifies as a woman or non-binary person who exhibits passion, creativity and integrity. Mackay, Queensland-based Gostelow joins the list of highly accomplished previous honourees Lorrae McKenna, Charlotte Abroms, Jen Cloher, Bonnie Dalton, Bernadette Ryan, Sabrina Robertson and 2020's recipient Maggie Collins.

Gostelow's boutique music services business Kadence Group specialises in artist management, music business mentoring and grant writing assistance. Her artist roster features some of Australia's most exciting musical talents including Aodhan, Busby Marou, Colin Lillie and Tia Gostelow.

Gostelow has held senior management positions across a diverse range of fields, managing teams, budgets, training, government contracts, events and sponsorship deals. She won an Australia Day Award for Community Development and was nominated for Young Business Person of the Year for Queensland's AIM Awards.

Kristy Gostelow on winning The Lighthouse Award:

"Being selected as the 2021 Lighthouse Award recipient and to be associated with Linda Gebar and the incredible recipients over the years is such an honour. Also, a little overwhelming but I am incredibly grateful!

"Thank you to APRA AMCOS for facilitating this award that celebrates women and non-binary artist managers. As an artist manager, I’m always happy to stay under the radar and revel in the success of my artists, so this is a really lovely award to be recognised for. I’m looking forward to using the award towards expanding my knowledge and business, that will in turn have a positive impact on both my roster and the wider music community.

"A huge shoutout to my family, business partner Graham Ashton and artists who have entrusted me with their careers and businesses."

Linda Gebar died tragically in October 2008 soon after the birth of her second child. She was one of the few female managers 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.

Gebar 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.

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