Milk & Honey launches US scholarship for female writers and producers
Just weeks after announcing her arrival at Milk & Honey, Milly Petriella is leading an international program to elevate women in the writer and editor spaces.
The full-service songwriter, producer, mixer and artist management company is launching American Fellowship, a mentorship initiative that connects aspiring professionals from Australia and New Zealand with A-listers in California for on-the-job experience.
Created by Lucas Keller, President and Founder of Milk & Honey Music + Sports; Peter Coquillard, international manager at Milk & Honey, and Petriella, the new scholarship helps emerging female writers and producers live, work and create in Los Angeles for two consecutive months, and is expected to give recipients an edge in the workplace.
“This opportunity is a dream come true for any aspiring emerging producer, especially from Australia and New Zealand,” read a statement from Milk & Honey.
Each fellowship will be paired with an experienced producer-writer client from the music company to mentor the recipient during a two-month residency in Los Angeles.
Attendees will have “guaranteed access” to the Milk & Honey roster and studio sessions during their SoCal stay.
The international project is one of the first started by Petriella, the former director of APRA AMCOS member relations at APRA AMCOS, whose priority at Milk & Honey is to “develop a stronger female presence in the community Australasian writers/producers”. .
“Less than 20% of our industry is female and the number of women in production is considerably lower, it is time to create real experiences, connections and provide financial support if we are serious about changing the future landscape of the industry. music industry,” comments Petriella, the company’s new Australasian Managing Director.
“Those with the resources and the capacity can really step in and make a meaningful contribution.”
First, Australian recipient Chelsea Warner will be paired with producer/songwriter Oak Felder (Demi Lovato, Lizzo, Kehlani, Alicia Keys, John Legend) and Jenna Andrews (BTS, Noah Cyrus, David Guetta).
Petriella began in her new role with Milk and Honey effective October 1, following a 27-year stint with APRA AMCOS.
In her new role, Petriella will focus on signing new and established talent to the company’s Australasia division, with an emphasis on developing and mentoring female producers, as well as expanding and supporting outreach. to the diversity within the songwriter and producer community, read a statement of welcome to the company.
Based in Sydney, Petriella will also continue to represent the company’s top producers, writers and artists in the territory.
Milk & Honey is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in London, New York, Nashville, Dallas and and now Sydney, and has 30 employees.
The music company claims to have sold more than $150 million in music publishing catalog assets over the past two years.
Its list includes songwriters and producers such as David Hodges, Oak Felder, Sir Nolan J. White Did It, Noah Goldstein and Jenna Andrews, as well as global DJs like Oliver Heldens and Benny Benassi.
The Milk & Honey US Scholarship initiative starts in February 2023.