IgniteLab supports MCM students to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to create successful and sustainable careers. Entrepreneurial opportunities, supported throughout the Bachelor of Music curriculum, provide students with the tools and inspiration to forge successful careers in music.

About IgniteLab

The creative industries have undergone systemic changes which have reimagined how content is produced, distributed and consumed. IgniteLab offers comprehensive professional development for musicians through the emerging discipline of arts entrepreneurship education. The initiative augments the traditional conservatory education, encouraging students to develop entrepreneurial skills and strategies to create sustainable career opportunities.

IgniteLab is delivered through a range of curriculum, online resources, workshops and seminars covering a wide range of topics relevant to professional development and the creation of sustainable careers in music. 

In the early years outside of uni I had already started Speak Percussion so a big part of that was pushing the company forwards. Some of the skills I needed were around career management, writing grants, the idea of a media release and how that might impact on the success of a performance and programming concerts rather than just playing in them. So the early years outside of uni were about understanding the mechanisms behind arts organisations, it was less about music and more about the mechanisms.

Eugene Ughetti
Founder and Artistic Director, Speak Percussion
Bachelor of Music Performance 2002

Get involved in IgniteLab

We always welcome support for our initiatives. You can help our music students prepare for a successful professional career after study through sharing your experience, knowledge and skills. Whether it is conducting masterclasses, being a mentor, sharing your knowledge in workshops/talks/intensives, or providing internships, there are many ways you can have a real impact on our future alumni. 

As well as helping our students realise their career aspirations, the benefits of your time and talent may include being listed as a project supporter on our website, publicity via our MCM social media channels and opportunities for professional development.

If you are interested in being a part of this innovative program, please register your interest.


Dr Margaret Osborne
Project Manager

Susan de Weger
Project Coordinator