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About the Scholarship


A pathway to jobs in live music: The Weasle Eicke Scholarship, is an initiative of CrewCare. Once again, it will be delivered in partnership with Creative Victoria and supported by Australia's leading production providers and tertiary educators through facilitating training and job opportunities.

The program is intended to provide a fast-tracked pathway for;

  • Tertiary students undertaking live production courses, and
  • Unskilled workers from both regional and metro areas, who are active within the live music industry.

This is an equal opportunity program that is designed to encourage and provide opportunities for a diverse range of people. The aim is to elevate these students and workers to fill existing job vacancies with leading production suppliers. Please note: This training is only available to Victorian residents over the age of 18.

 

Our program is broken down into two distinct components

1. Training

The training aspect of the program coincides with mid-year tertiary holidays.

The introduction to the training will include the following;

  • WHS safety
  • Implications of bullying and harassment
  • Mental health awareness and management

Proposed Schedule

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Our successful applicants will receive a stipend of $100 per day for each of the 10 training days. For our regional students, they will also receive a contribution of $100 per night towards their accommodation costs while attending the training days in Melbourne.

2. Work Experience and Mentoring

This part of the program will provide flexible work placement to ensure participants have access to the broadest range of activities suited to their skill sets. All participants will have six months to complete the ten days mentorship.  These ten days do not have to be fulfilled concurrently. This allows students to time the experience around their studies, and gives flexibility for businesses to find the most advantageous work experiences

The program has partnered with a number of industry leaders, companies and production suppliers to give students the best possible experiences and contacts, thus maximising their pathway to job opportunities.

Whilst undertaking work experience, trainees will receive relevent award rates.

Projected Program Outcomes

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About Wellesley "Weasle" Eicke

The scholarship is named in honour of a beloved industry leader and veteran Wellesley "Weasle" Eicke who prematurely left us in 2021.

Weasle was an accomplished lighting operator and technician who committed his career to leading Australia's longest serving crewing company, Gig Power.

His work ethic was outstanding and the standards he expected of his staff were the same. He led from the front. Often when running crews of 100 casuals, he could still be found teaching a newcomer how to roll a multicore into a road case or the best way to pack a truck. He was a true champion of bringing all people along for the ride.

He worked with literally thousands of people over the years, his enthusiasm and guidance helping them on their path in the industry.

This program is an embodiment of everything Weasle stood for and what he displayed in his professional life. The scholarship is a fitting tribute to an industry great who was taken too young.
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“CrewCare is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.”

CrewCare wish to acknowledge and thank the Victorian Government for their ongoing commitment to the many businesses and live music workers who contribute so much to the Victorian gig economy.

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