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Success Strategist For Creatives

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How I can help!

Building a business from your creative pursuits can be tough.

You KNOW you are great at the creative part – your music or writing or art.

But not so much at the business side.

You’ve tried searching for the information, the more you search, the more conflicting information you find.

That’s where Applause Genie comes in.

We can help you navigate the business of being creative so you can do what you love ALL THE TIME!

About Me

I’ve been on the frontline of the creative industries in both creative and management sectors for the past 30 years.

I have worked as a graphic artist, venue and band manager for some of Queensland’s most iconic venues and artists.

I’m also an arts business educator, mentor and grant writer for many of Australia’s key creatives and creative business professionals.

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Struggling to balance your creative passion with the demands of running a business?

At Applause Genie, we understand the challenges creatives face.

With 30 years of experience in the creative industries, we offer expert guidance in managing the business side of your creative pursuits.

Discover a lifestyle you’ll love as you turn your passion into a successful venture.

Get in touch and let us help you thrive in the world of creativity and entrepreneurship!

Work With Me

Bespoke Arts Grant Writing

As a specialist in writing bespoke and unique grant applications for the creative sector, I can work with you to take away all the stress and doubt that makes you wonder if you have interpreted the grant questions correctly, submitted the right supporting documents, or picked the right grant program for your project.

 

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Creative Business Mentoring

Are you struggling to know where to go next in your music or creative arts career? Not sure about your next steps or how to make the right connections? I can help you make sense of all your career goals. I’ve had over 30 years’ experience in the creative sector, running venues, managing bands, large events and projects.

 

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The Business of Being Creative

Business training seminars for creatives.

 

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Redlands Coast Music Networking Events

Bringing Redlands Coast musicians and industry personnel together to connect, share, network and be inspired.

 

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Turn Up Music Industry Conference and Forums

Bringing musicians and industry personnel together to TURN UP, connect, share, network and be inspired.

 

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About Andrea

  • 30 years on the frontline of the creative industries in management, education and consultation
  • Expert bespoke arts grants writer
  • Music and arts business mentor
  • Trainer of many key artists and workers in the music sector
  • Co-producer of Turn Up Music Conference
  • Producer of The Business of Being Creative seminars
  • Venue booker and artist manager for some of Queensland’s most iconic venues and artists
  • Recipient of several World Intellectual Property Organisation scholarships to study IP
  • Recipient of a Korean Intellectual Property Office scholarship to study IP at an online summer school
  • 2020 QLD Overseas Foundation Global Connections Bursary winner
  • 2021 VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Metropolitan Regional Finalist, QLD Training Awards
  • 2023 VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Metropolitan Regional Finalist, QLD Training Awards
  • 2023 Australian Women in Music Awards finalist

Industry Recognition

Intellectual Property Scholarships

Andrea succeeded in a scholarship application for IP courses from both World Intellectual Property Office and Korean Intellectual Property Office after taking an online WIPO copyright course.

2023 Metropolitan Regional Finalist, QLD Training Awards

In 2023, Andrea reached the Regional finals for the Metropolitan region of the Queensland Training Awards for VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year for the second time. The awards are judged on innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at a registered training organisation (RTO) or in partnership with an RTO during the previous calendar year.

Winner of QLD Overseas Foundation Bursary

As a winner of a 2020 QLD Overseas Foundation Bursary, Andrea will spend a week at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in the UK, to engage with Entertainment Business lecturers.

2023 Australian Women in Music finalist

In 2023, Andrea was selected as a finalist for the 2023 Australian Women in Music Awards, in the Humanitarian category. The award honours a person who has made a significant and enduring impact on the field of music education, and/or supporting female artists in remote and/or regional communities.

2021 Metropolitan Regional Finalist, QLD Training Awards

In 2021, Andrea reached the Regional finals for the Metropolitan region of the Queensland Training Awards for VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year. The awards are judged on innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at a registered training organisation (RTO) or in partnership with an RTO during the previous calendar year.

Happy Clients

“Studying Music Business with Andrea Smith has helped me turn my music into a full-time profession. I used to be a banana picker, but using the skills that I learnt from Andrea, I have now forged a career as an international recording and performing musician playing sell out concerts across Australia, Japan, USA and the Pacific and am a QLD Music Awards winner and Golden Guitar Award nominee that has my videos played on Country Music Channel. I really recommend young people to take their music to the next level through education with Andrea.”
-8 Ball Aitken

QLD Music Awards winner, Golden Guitar nominee, Roots Musician

“100% professional and always going far beyond expectations, having Andrea on my team has been a complete game changer. She has an extensive knowledge of the music industry and understanding of the business of music itself, with a broad skill set that is able to support successful outcomes for her clients. If you are considering working with Andrea, get her onboard. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.”
-Fiona O'Shea

Musician and Songwriter

“Andrea has always been an inspiring, driven, passionate and exceptional leader. She was a highly respected teacher and mentor to so many bands and artists years before she even “officially” started teaching. Her allegiance will always be to the art, the artist and also preserving critical ethics which she stood strong on before her interest and subsequent immersion in the field of copyright / intellectual property and artist protection / empowerment. Her style would also give Vivienne Westwood a run for her money and she happens to be a really amazing GRRL too! Well done and congratulations to anyone fortunate enough to work with / learn from Andrea.”
-Lesley Mannering

Artist, Activist and Visual Arts Teacher

“Andrea knows all the ins and outs that really count in creative business.  The knowledge and ideas I’ve gained from her have really given me the confidence to get out there and get my business known.  It’s a scary thing starting a creative business, and being in the limelight, but Andrea makes it that much easier and so much less stressful.”
-Renee Barlow

Creative Director, Scarlet Harlotte

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PO Box 1393
Capalaba QLD 4157

Contact Us

Ph: 0411 197 014
magic (at) applausegenie dot com dot au

Business Details

ABN: 43 558 004 682

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Always was - always will be.