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Jessica Schnehage

Nickname: 'Jeznut'

Trust Director & Entertainment Consultant

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Pretoria South Africa

I am always open to new possibilities, particularly where I find a resonance with my own work ethic. I enjoy working with people and organizations who have the interest of the whole at heart and work towards the upliftment and strengthening of their industry by creating connections, rather than divisiveness which I believe limits everyone within an industry. I work towards being the change that I want to see in the world.

Contact details

O: +27 (0)21 786 4451

M: +27 (0)82 400 0640

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Business Address

Simon's Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Trust Director | Public Benefit Organization | Africa Voices Trust
Cape Town, South Africa | May 2014 - present

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Through my years of being involved in the music industry, the one thing I have come across repeatedly is the frustration that artists in South Africa endure on a daily basis. Having been witness to the transformative process that the Africa Voices Trust facilitates, I take up this directorship with a great sense of responsibility, excitement for the direction in which the Trust is headed, and look very much forward to creating an increasingly beneficial environment within which we can empower our program participants - enhancing their own experience. It is my hope that they will, as others have done in the past, use this invaluable wisdom, as well as a growing trust in their own abilities, to empower others. I feel an immense sense of gratitude for finally having been given the means with which to contribute to alleviating the frustration in our industry, even if just a little. And I have no doubt that the impact that this Trust has the potential to make, over time and with patience, will change the face of our music industry for the better.

The Africa Voices Trust is a South African non-profit organization created to support the career development of highly talented musicians.

The aim of The Africa Voices Trust is to offer programmes that teach through practical experiences and high-level mentorship, the very specialized skills needed to not only succeed within a studio environment, but to create the potential for employment.

The Africa Voices Trust offers educational programmes that teach, through practical experience and high-level mentorship, the skills needed to succeed in the music industry. During the programme, singers and musicians are given the opportunity to work on local and international live performance and recording projects. With the support of the entertainment industry we strive to help deserving musicians grow, master their chosen fields and become future leaders and mentors within their communities.

Co-Founder and Agency Director | Entertainment Consultancy & Talent Agency | The Project Room
Cape Town, South Africa | March 2013 - present

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Co-founded by Maryke Zietsman and Jessica Schnehage, The Project Room is a multi-faceted company offering clients a variety of services to choose from in both talent booking and event sectors. The partnership is a combined wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience collectively spanning more than 20 years. The Project Room is not only dedicated to facilitating truly inspirational artists - we actively seek opportunities to connect with like-minded players in the music industry and operate within various circles of this creative and ever-changing environment. The broad reach of our involvement in the industry ensures that we are constantly on the forefront of positive change and in touch with where South African music needs us most.

Previous Position(s)

Co-Founder & Agency Director | Talent Agency | M.Pire
Cape Town, South Africa | 2012 - 2013

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Senior Booking Agent / Entertainment Consultant | Southern Pulse Music Solutions
2009 - 2012

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Booking agent representing:
Vusi Mahlasela (ZA only)
Karen Zoid
Zebra and Giraffe
Tidal Waves (and management)
Ashtray Electric
Hot Water
Hog Hoggidy Hog

Southern Pulse is born out of a merger between OK Artists (a division of Oppikoppi Productions) and Roadshock. The agency currently has over 40 artists represented in the rock, afrikaans and world genres.

Southern Pulse is a leading and respected company which provides professional and international management, booking agency and tour bookings by providing a personal level of support and guidance for professional and talented bands and artists. To add value and help to promote a successful and fulfilling entertainment career.

2011 is an exciting year for Southern Pulse. It started a booking agency in 2009; introduced the management division in 2010 and will now introduce the label division in 2011.

Southern Pulse has signed a distribution agreement with Sony Music and the first release is already planned for February 2011. Southern Pulse also signed a unique publishing partnership with Sony ATV and will open this division concurrently with the label. Southern Pulse has been setting up a Berlin office for the last 6 months and has finally finished all the registration and legal documents to open up a label and management company in Germany.

Festival Programmer | GeckoFest
2009 - 2009

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Freelance work for charity music festival GeckoFest in support of the NGO The Theron Foundation.

Festival Programmer | Oppikoppi Productions
2008 - 2008

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Festival programmer of the Oppikoppi 14 "Wildcard" music festival.

Head Booking Agent | OK Artists (a division of Oppikoppi Productions)
2008 - 2009

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Booking Agency representing Tidal Waves, aKING, Vusi Mahlasela, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and others.

Event Organiser | FestiVAL 2006
2006 - 2006

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

I was part of the team that organised the FestiVAL event in 2006 in the town of VAL.

Freelance Booking Agent / Freelance Live Music Photographer | Self-Employed
2006 - 2006

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Worked as booking agent for Gordon's Suitcase and Menage a Trois.
Fulfilled certain managerial roles for these bands.
Freelance photo shoots for artist performances, events, weddings etc.

Booking Department / Talent Buying | Oppikoppi Productions
2006 - 2008

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Head booking agent within the booking department at Oppikoppi Productions, booking the artist line up at events, artist logistics around shows and artist reception / stage management.
Booking agent & manager for Tidal Waves.

Personal Assistant to the General Manager | Faction Media
2005 - 2005

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

I was in charge of all administration related duties for general management.

Educational history


Pretoria High School for Girls, Pretoria, South Africa (2004)


University of Johannesburg (WITS)

2006 - 2006

Certificate Course - Management and Marketing for the Music Industry

School of Practical Photography

2006 - 2006

Training Course - Advanced Course in Basic Photography

Red Cherry Training in association with Nortje & Associates

2005 - 2005

Certificate Training Course - Human Resource Management

Beaulieu College Equestrian Academy

2003 - 2003

Intensive Certificate Short Course - Horsemastership and Riding Instruction

ProCare Physco-Social Services

2003 - 2003

Training Course - Peer Counselling

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