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The Artists’ Mentor delivers powerful and relevant
Professional Development to Artists, across disciplines,
in the form of free and paid programs.

The Artists’ Mentor delivers powerful and relevant Professional Development to Artists, across disciplines, in the form of free and paid programs.


Micro-learning modules into your inbox for a year.

Each fortnight Katy Abbott explores overlooked perspectives, taboo topics, and provides fresh, crunchy, digestible ways of thinking about them PLUS practical ideas you can implement straight away.
> Full details about the mini course

“Katy brings a unique combination of skills and experience as a composer, artist, academic, educator and mother to her mentorship role, and qualities that spring to mind are her curiosity, empathy, creativity, positivity and clear communication.”

Judith Dodsworth, soprano/ artist/ writer/ educator

“I am now on the front foot of money conversations rather than waiting for money conversations to ‘happen’ to me.”

 “Rather than fighting my personality, thinking instead of how to creatively work with it”


6-month Artist Mentoring Virtual Residency Program

Artist Mentoring specifically designed for Mid-career, Established Artists and Arts Leaders from any creative discipline.
> More details about the Program and applications

“CATAPULT has been the best thing I could have done for my practice and career. Katy has incredible capacity to understand you and what you need to move forward in your arts practice.”

“Recognition and acceptance of my strengths”

A paradigm shift in the way we think about creativity”

 “Katy brings a profound humanness and relatability that is rare.”


Essential learning for your creative practice.

The Successful Artist Series is essential, relevant and affordable Professional Development for Creatives on the business-side of being an Artist. It offers informed and practical solutions that you can embed into your practice right away.

Hosted by Composer and Educator Dr Katy Abbott in a series of online workshops  – each concentrating on one essential topic – offering a unique viewpoint and practical solutions to common challenges faced by artists.

The Successful Artist Series looks more deeply at taboo and neglected topics, one at a time, so you get training in the often less-talked-about topics: capacity, negotiation, difficult conversations, collaborative power dynamics, and how to have conversations about money and more.

To get these important skills for being a successful artist in the industry, register to receive notice of the next Workshop.

These are held periodically throughout the year.

Tailored Mentoring for Arts Organisations

Katy works with you and your Arts Organisation (large or small) to create tailored Professional Development suited your people and specific programs. This could include Mentoring for Artists and/or Leaders as well as PD programs with a specific focus.
Please enquire here if you would like to know more.
Kingsland Fellowship Program
Flinders Quartet
Ascend Program


How To Escape Starving Artist Syndrome

3 mistakes that are hurting the financial health of your creative practice (and how to overcome them)

by Dr Katy Abbott, Composer, Educator, The Artists’ Mentor