Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program: Artist Fellows

The Music Development Office has engaged South Australian music industry professional, Dan Crannitch as Project Manager to work with Stu MacQueen to deliver the Robert Stigwood Artist Fellow stream of the program.

As front man for Adelaide band Leader Cheetah, Dan performed with such internationally esteemed acts as Interpol, Dinosaur Jr, Blonde Redhead and The Dirty Three. His band received a feature album on Triple J along with a slew of high rotation singles and a ‘like a version’ performance. Dan has performed at some of the country’s biggest festivals, including Splendor in The Grass, Big Day Out and Laneway Festival, was a guest on SBS's Rockwiz where he dueted with Sarah Blasko, has received a Top 50 album listing from Rolling Stone and had both of his albums long listed for the prestigious Australian Music Prize. His latest project, The San Sebastian has just been signed to esteemed indie label Spunk!, the home of artists such as Jason Isbell, Broken Social Scene and My Morning Jacket with their debut album finished, produced by legendary producer Phil Ek (Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, The Shins)

Dan was employed by the university of Adelaide, through The Don Dunstan Foundation, to Project Managed the State Government's 'Thinker in Residence' project where he worked side by side with Martin Elbourne, chief booker of Glastonbury festival, to deliver a comprehensive set of recommendations that have in turn informed the strategic direction for the states rejuvenated music sector. Dan also co-owns the tier of 5/4 Entertainment that programs the music bookings for some of Adelaide's top venues including Fat Controller, The Exeter Hotel, The Crown and Anchor, The Adelaide Unibar and festivals such as Silver Raven, Royal Croquet Club and Laneway Festival (ADL)

Dan’s latest role is as an A & R Executive with Wonderlick/Sony. Wonderlick consists of a management company, a record label joint venture with Sony Music, and a Publishing company partnership with EMI-Sony/ATV. The Wonderlick roster currently includes many of Australia's leading artists, including Amy Shark, Boy & Bear, The Paper Kites, Holy Holy, Montaigne, Pete Murray, Josh Pyke and Grinspoon.

Activities during the annual Artist Fellow program will be tailored to the needs of each participating artist, and will include song writing, production, stage craft, business skills, marketing and publicity as well as attendance at conferences and high level industry meetings.

International and national co-writing and collaborative projects to build relationships and capacities will be encouraged during the program. The Project Manager will work with the artists to develop productive relationships with appropriate collaborators and mentors.

Participants will be supported by the Music Development Office with a small grant to assist with with activities scheduled as part of their 12-month strategy.

The mentorships will be based at the St Paul’s Creative Centre, with all local meetings to be held there. Successful applicants will have access to song writing rooms, hot-desks and meeting rooms as required during their time in the program.

Applications will be considered from professional South Australian musicians/artists that are composing and performing their own music.

Applicants must have:

  • a current, commercially available recording
  • touring experience in the Australian market.

Ideally (although not mandatory), applicants will be self-managed, or managed by an emerging industry representative.

Applicants who have any outstanding funding acquittals with Arts South Australia will not be eligible for this program.

Participants in the program will continue to be eligible to apply for grants and assistance through the Music Development Office, however, are advised to discuss with representatives prior to submitting an application.

The assessment panel will assess applications and select the participants.

Participants will be selected based on:

1. Artistic quality

  • the strength of the artistry and song-writing in the context of the global music market, as presented in recorded and video support material.

2. Vision for a sustainable music career

  • your short and long term career goals – artistic and business
  • an understanding of your core market
  • the strength of work already done to develop a profile.

3. The overall suitability of the act/artist to the program.

The Project Manager will check all applications for eligibility and forward to the assessment panel for consideration against the criteria.

The number of successful applicants will be determined according to the size of the acts that have and the budget available to support the overall program.

Applicants will be notified of outcomes in July 2018.

Successful applicants will begin the program in August 2018 and will be required to enter into a funding agreement with Arts South Australia for funding to support project activity costs.

Upon completion of the program, all participants will be required to provide a report to the Music Development Office that covers:

  • Artistic development
  • Career opportunities
  • Market development
  • Feedback on the program
  • Financial report on expenditure of project support funding.

Contact Information:

Primary Contact:
Dan Crannitch
Project Manager
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