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Who Can Apply?

Tomorrow is My Turn is a leadership program that supports the career development of an emerging Victorian female* jazz leader (including vocalists and instrumentalists), while championing diversity in leadership amongst middle-late secondary school students across Victoria.

The successful applicant will be an artist who is already on the path to creative leadership in the jazz sector, and who displays exemplary musicianship and leadership potential.

* MIJF acknowledges that gender is a diverse spectrum and when referring to women and men it includes those who identify as female and male, and those who are trans, intersex and gender non-conforming

Program Objectives

Tomorrow is my turn will:

  • Provide leadership, remuneration and professional development opportunities for an emerging jazz leader
  • Showcase aspirational and relatable role models during a key development stage for young musicians – “if you can see it you can be it”
  • Encourage increased participation in jazz by young students, particularly women, and encourage greater long-term intake rates into tertiary courses and the sector itself
  • Mainstream female creative leaders among the next generation
  • Raise awareness of the gender diversity issue in music, and its contributing factors, in order to spark new ideas to create a diverse future for jazz in Australia.

Program Details

The selected applicant will receive:

  • $5,000 cash prize
  • A Career Development package valued at $5,000
  • Regional and metropolitan touring engagements
  • A performance at 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, plus ticketing package and networking opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible for Tomorrow is My Turn if you:

  • Identify as female
  • Are aged between 18-45 within the period ending 31 December 2019
  • Reside in Victoria (proof of address may be required)
  • Currently work as a professional musician in the Victorian jazz industry, with relevant experience

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, the successful applicant must:

  • Commit to being available for media/promotional opportunities as reasonably requested from time-to-time by MIJF
  • Create an individual career development plan in conjunction with MIJF team members 
  • Attend a number of personalised career development sessions throughout the program period
  • Be available to tour, with an agreed ensemble, to undertake workshops and performances in regional and metropolitan schools during the dates nominated by MIJF (currently regional between 18-22 March & 25-28 March, and 1-4 April metro)
  • Be available to perform at MIJF during the period 31 May – 9 June 2019, at a date and time nominated by MIJF
  • Commit to obtaining a Police Check and Working with Children Check
  • Be willing to adhere to all relevant MIJF policies and procedures.

 Application Process

To enter, you’ll need to submit:

  1. A one-page CV/bio outlining your career achievements to date, particularly highlighting relevant examples of exemplary musicianship and leadership potential you have already displayed
  2. A max two-page statement outlining
    1. why you feel you are the best candidate to lead this program
    2. what you would like to achieve from it
    3. what your approach will be to maximising the success of the experience for both you and students participating in the program
  3. Up to 3 representative audio samples of your performance work (online links preferred – ie Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Dropbox, Google Drive)
  4. A max 300-word outline of the career development areas that you would like to explore (such as business, marketing, tour planning skills)
  5. Proof of age (via drivers licence or other relevant photo ID)

Applications which do not provide all of the material outlined above will be automatically removed from consideration.

MIJF will convene a panel of relevant professionals to select the successful applicant. Applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 6 February 2019.

Please email applications to with the subject line: Tomorrow is my turn application

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by MIJF to arrange a short in-person interview on Friday 8 or Tuesday 12 February. The successful applicant will be announced on Thursday 14 February 2019.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The successful applicant (hereafter known as the Artist) will receive an Agreement between MIJF and the Artist outlining the full terms and conditions of the engagement, including payment of fees and touring costs covered by MIJF (such as transport, meals and accommodation).
  2. The Artist warrants that they meet the Eligibility Criteria outlined above.
  3. Employees and family members of MIJF employees or Board of Directors are ineligible to enter.
  4. MIJF will contract the Artist separately for the tour and performance at MIJF. The Artist will be required to book additional musicians for the tour, with personnel to be mutually agreed with MIJF.
  5. The Artist must be aware that any additional musical personnel engaged by the Artist must also undergo Police Check and Working with Children Checks and be willing to adhere to all relevant MIJF policies and procedures.
  6. MIJF will mutually determine a Career Development plan with the Artist, and the Artist agrees to undertake all agreed activities outlined in the plan.
  7. The selection of the successful applicant is a matter of discretion for the Selection Panel nominated by MIJF. Any decisions made regarding the selection are final and no correspondence will be entered into.


By submitting this application you acknowledge that you have read and understood the terms and conditions outlined above and declare you are qualified to enter as a contestant. You also consent to MIJF collecting and storing your personal information for the purposes of conducting and promoting Tomorrow is My Turn and any related purposes which MIJF deems reasonable.