As part of the MEWEM Europe project, an online platform is now available to enable organizations to run mentoring programs for the next generation of female, trans and non-binary artists in the music industry. The platform, which includes numerous materials such as texts, checklists, training videos and testimonials, is now available for free at www.mewem.eu.
The MEWEM Europe project aims to promote FLINTA*’s access to leadership and entrepreneurship positions in the music industry, as well as their development of management skills. Building on the experiences of music organizations from six European countries, a mentoring-based training program adapted to the music sector was created, from which other European organizations can now benefit.
Mentoring was identified as an effective way to reduce the gender inequities that continue to exist in the music industry. A survey of the impact of the program on participants’ careers during the project discovered that 71% of mentees felt that their mentor had helped them to expand their network, while for 86% this helped to improve their professional situation. Other surveys of music entrepreneurs consistently come to the conclusion that mentoring programs are seen as effective for empowering women. Direct findings from research also prove: Mentoring is a powerful lever for empowerment, especially for young women. Mentoring programs make them visible and help them sharpen their own image as leaders. Perceived barriers are broken down and access to previously male-dominated networks is created.
Within the framework of MEWEM Europe, mentoring programs for FLINTA in the music industry have taken place over the past two years in the six participating countries, and the platform has now been developed from their experiences. Within the framework of a mentoring program lasting several months, experienced industry experts from all areas of the music industry (including label, publishing, distribution, booking, promotion, self-marketing artists, etc.) are brought together with young professionals in order to provide them with sustainable support for their professional and personal development.
Upcoming events of the project in Europe incl. presentation of the platform:
MMB – Mastering Music Business, Bucharest Romania Conference “Mentorship for Women in Music Business” – Saturday 07.09, 11am.
Waves Festival Conference in Vienna, Austria
MEWEM Europe official closure event, Brussel Belgium
“Results and highlights of the European cooperation project MEWEM Europa” : A registration event, open to all – Monday 26.09, 5pm, @WBI, Place Sainctelette 2, 1080 Bruxelles, Belgique
MEWEM Europe (Mentoring Programme for Women Entrepreneurs in the Music Industry) is implemented with the support of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union. Cooperating organizations are National Federation of Independent Labels – FÉLIN (France), Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmer*innen – VUT (Germany), Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques – WBM (Belgium), Asociatia Romanian Artists Worldwide – RAW Music (Romania), Mujeres de la Industria de la Música – MIM (Spain), Music Information Center Austria – MICA (Austria) and Le LABA (France).