The Musicians’ Union (MU) has teamed up with the shesaid.so international network to deliver a mentoring scheme for female members, she.grows X MU. The new partnership will focus on supporting women in the industry by matching fellow musicians together to help one another grow and succeed in their careers.
The MU is inviting applications from women working in a variety of areas across the industry with the aim of selecting 20 women to create 10 pairs of mentors and mentees.
Each mentor and mentee will meet for a minimum of two hours per month, and have free access to bi-monthly events curated and hosted by shesaid.so on a range of topics related to professional development.
Providing motivation from positive female role models
The mentoring scheme aims to address a trend of growing concern in the music industry – of women not showing the confidence they need to fulfil their career goals. This project seeks to explore some of the drivers of this trend and to equip women to address any challenges they may face. A key part of this is ensuring that women have the opportunity to meet, learn and be motivated by positive female role models from within the same industry.
shesaid.so is a diverse, global network of women across all sectors of the music industry. With headquarters in London and LA, the shesaid.so community has 15 active chapters around the world including London, New York, Paris and Berlin. Its vision is to connect and empower marginalised communities in the music industry with a focus on women’s rights. There are currently over 3,000 international members in the global community and an additional 10,000 members across the 15 local chapters.
John Shortell, MU Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Official, said:
‘The idea for the mentoring scheme came directly from MU members through the Union’s democratic process, and it’s great to work with an amazing organisation like shesaid.so to deliver the scheme.
‘We know female musicians make up a small percentage of festival line-ups globally and representation of females in other sectors of the industry still isn’t where it should be.
‘I hope that that the mentoring scheme will empower our female members by giving them a meaningful opportunity to learn from female role models who have overcome barriers in the industry, and paved the way for future generations of female musicians.’
The MU welcomes applications from all women – including trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are female-identifying – and encourages applications from BAME, disabled and LBQ women.
Mentee applications will be split based on career stage and the objectives mentees wish to achieve by taking part in the scheme. The applications will then run through a series of reviews alongside mentor applications to determine the perfect pair.
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