The 4-week Pioneer Mentoring Programme is HyperTribe’s response to tackling diversity in the music industry.

Hypertribe is excited to announce that it once again welcomes female musicians of all levels and aspirations to sign up for its free 4-week programme starting on the 28th of September.  Confirmed mentors include Kelli-Leigh who has been Grammy nominated for best voice, and platinum-selling Karen Harding, along with Joy Crookes, Caswell, Jessica Winter, Tamzene, Chloe Diana, Malynda Hale, Camden Cox, and Grace Grundy, with more artists to be confirmed. 

Mentees can expect to be matched with a mentor, who will help work with them on certain aspects of their career, and towards overcoming obstacles hindering their progress. The programme aims to support artists by introducing them to a peer-to-peer support network; providing them with specialist knowledge about the music industry; and introducing them to manageable steps towards musical and financial independence. They’ll also have the opportunity to attend specialist Q&As with mentors and industry experts.

“There’s just something about having another woman in the music industry who gets how you feel –  who can say: ‘I  know how you feel but you need to be more confident’ – you know, giving you that push” – says Kerry Feeney, May 2020 Cohort

“Hypertribe managed like nobody to find a genuine group of talented artists embracing all levels and aspirations. This is definitely a safe space for emerging female artists to grow and become independent and successful” – Mentee, May 2020 Cohort

Founded by Kimmy Dickson who experienced a growing frustration with the fractured and biased way in which the music industry works, the Pioneer Mentoring Programme was created to give female artists the tools they need to navigate the music industry and find their own sustainable path through it. 

“Currently fewer than 20% of all signed artists to UK music labels are female, and 14% of all music writers signed to music publishers are female, despite constituting nearly 50% of all music graduates over the past 5 years,” says Gender Diversity in Music campaigner, Vick Bain.

“We hope that we are the first of many to actively continue to address the gender equality that is so rife within artist development within the music industry, using mentoring”, says founder and CEO, Kimmy Dickson. There is a whole host of untapped female talent out there, waiting for the opportunity to be mobilised. I hope that as artists progress on their journey, they will then be inspired to start work with and support the artists behind them to form a music community which is run by artists for artists.”

The Pioneer Mentoring Programme is an initiative by HyperTribe, a music industry education network that helps artists build a sustainable, monetised music career. 


  • The deadline for registration is 25 September 2020
  • Artists interested in joining as a mentor or mentee can sign up here.