Topology’s mentor program Launchpad has opened for applications from rural and regional creative Queenslanders and is seeking expressions of interest from regional emerging composers, musicians, songwriters and performers who are within the first five years of their professional careers.

In 2021, Launchpad will be a 12-month program with one-on-one mentoring delivered by Topology’s artists and company staff. The goal of Launchpad is to encourage and increase the creative potential of participants within the first five years of their professional careers, to connect participants with industry professionals, and provide networking opportunities to showcase their work.

“Launchpad is currently a component of our award-winning Top-Up Program which includes Top Up Education, Creative Bootcamp, Backstage Bootcamp, and Creative workshops,” says Christa Powell, Creative Director. “Through the support of Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and Arts Queensland, mentorees from outside of Brisbane are provided travel and accommodation for up to two intensive creative development sessions in Brisbane.”

“Unlike other mentoring programs available, Launchpad celebrates Topology’s values of inclusivity and adventurousness by offering the program with no barrier of age, genre, or style. Topology matches participants with mentors than work collaboratively to achieve their goals”.

Launchpad mentorees are invited to an intensive week in Brisbane at Creative Bootcamp in October where participants have the opportunity to work with like-minded musicians and the Topology staff and tutors at the camp. Their newly composed works will also be professionally recorded and showcased via YouTube, Spotify, and other social media sites.

Previous participants include Georgie Taylor composer, singer-songwriter, and musical theatre artist. Multi-award winner, Georgie worked with Topology for two years and is now majoring in Musical Theatre at Griffith Queensland Conservatorium, Ray Lin jazz guitarist and composer now majoring in classical composition at Griffith Queensland Conservatorium, and Isabella Lauf who focused on film composition during her Launchpad mentorship. Isy is now working on the award-winning show Bluey as assistant composer and sound editor.

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