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Ahead of the Curve Demystifying Music Production Mentorship Program

In partnership with Harmonic Whale, MAV presents the Ahead of the Curve Demystifying Music Production Mentorship Program.

The Demystifying Music Production sessions will be delivered by Harmonic Whale’s director Daniel Jauregui, a Latin Grammy awarded musician, producer and composer, and an exciting list of established career artists and producers from the music industry.

Technology has made all the tools needed to become a music producer accessible; with an increase in bedroom beat makers and mobile studios.

However, the path to running a sustainable music production practice is long and not linear.

This mentorship program will provide tools, skills, knowledge and awareness on all aspects of music production and networking opportunities. There will be two workshops, followed by the opportunity to book a one on one session with one of the four industry professionals.

Program Information:

  • Introduction to Music Production Workshop 8 Nov, 6pm to 8.30pm
  • Sustainable and Cultural Artistic Practices in Music Production Workshop 10 Nov, 6pm to 8.30pm
  • One on one mentorship opportunity with Daniel Jauregui, Katie Symes, Allara or Paul Ah Chee. One hour session booked between 7 and 18 November 2022.

We have four mentors to guide the lucky music producers; Daniel Jauregui, Katie Symes, Allara and Paul Ah Chee.


  • You must be of BIPOC/ CALD background.
  • You must be above 18 years old.
  • You must be available through November 2022.

Applications close 25 October 2022, 11.59pm.

Apply now for the chance to jumpstart your music production career!

For questions, please direct them towards Daniel at

To qualify for the selection process, please fill in the application form below.

The Ahead of the Curve Demystifying Music Production Mentorship Program is supported by The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.


Paul Ah Chee 'Ngala'

Artist, Director at Ngala Music

Artist, Director at Ngala Music Paul Ah Chee is a proud Arrernte - Yankuntjarra and Wankangurru man from Alice Springs. Paul began his music journey as a young boy and in due course he formed the renowned Mparntwe/Alice Springs band, AMUNDA, in the late 80s. Over the ten-year period, the band enjoyed great success performing at major national festivals including Big Day Out, Sing Loud Play Strong, Survival, Barunga, Adelaide Fringe, Port Fairy and Moomba Festival, they eventually disbanded in 1997. His latest album best described as Contemporary Australian Soulful Rock, NowhereTo Hide features Paul’s talents as a powerfully evocative lyricist, singer, guitarist and composer. In this record, Paul reflects on attachment and connection to land, identity and experiences of trauma, finding ways to reframe and express these in a positive light. The record is a tribute to understanding where you have come from to move forward, presenting yourself as you are – with nowhere to hide. Paul has recently successfully performed songs off of his EP 'Nowhere to Hide' along with songs from his previous releases at the 2022 Sydney Fringe Festival over 5 nights.

Katie Symes

Producer Homelands and Music Victoria

Katie is co-producer (a role she shares with Maurial Spearim) of international touring music project the Homelands Collective bringing young and established First Nations singer-songwriters to connect stories and songs across oceans through music mentoring workshops and live performance opportunities at festivals and gatherings around the world. Katie’s years of experience in the music industry as a producer, artist and tour manager has seen her travel extensively to regional and remote locations, nationally and internationally working with numerous inspirational songwriters, musicians and music professionals.


Storyteller, Composer, Director, Producer, Musician and Soundscape Designer

Allara is a powerful Yorta Yorta winyarr. She is a storyteller, composer, director, producer, musician and soundscape designer. With humour and integrity, Allara uses the double-bass and sound samples from Country to weave textures for healing in her work “I am Sovereign, I am Free”. Allara's innovative music speaks to Blak justice and sovereignty.

Daniel Jauregui

Musician, Producer and Composer

Daniel Jauregui is a multiple Latin Grammy awarded musician, producer and composer.