MU launches mentoring scheme for female musicians

The MU has teamed up with shesaid.so to deliver a mentoring scheme for female members, she.grows X MU.

The scheme will focus on supporting women in the industry by matching fellow musicians together to help one another grow and succeed in their careers.

The union is inviting applications from women working in a variety of areas across the industry with the aim of selecting 20 women to create ten 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 that focus on professional development.

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.

MU equality, diversity and inclusion official John Shortell 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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