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Focus on a european network : MEWEM (Mentoring program for women entrepreneurs in the music industry)

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On November 30 at Hôtel71, as part of ReCci, we welcomed Hélène Larroturreau, Director of MEWEM France. Mewem was born out of a European project aimed at finding a solution to support women’s entrepreneurship in the music industry. Since then, the network has gone from strength to strength, and continues to support promotions of women and gender minorities in the music industry, helping them to become entrepreneurs and assert their leadership.

Only 10% of cultural businesses are created by women.

The network has set up a mentoring program, putting a female project owner in touch with a professional from the music industry. The mentee can thus draw on the experience of the professional and gain self-confidence. Mewem is based on the concept of role models,

“”A role model is an archetype, an example, a person who is “exploited”, in the proper sense of the word, to become a social model. In a professional context, for example, to encourage young people to take up a profession, or to guide them towards what is expected for a given job, a given sector, etc.”[1]

Since 2020, MEWEM has been developing in 6 countries thanks to 7 European partners under the name MEWEM Europa.The aim is to encourage the exchange of know-how, feedback and cooperation between the various European mentoring programs.

  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Spain
  • France
  • Romania

Supported by the European Commission’s Créative Europe program, the project brings together over 100 industry professionals.

This meeting was an opportunity to highlight the challenges facing women in entrepreneurship, and the importance for cultural players of being able to rely on support and training schemes.

Find out more about the meeting here → Thursday’s visitors

[1] Kermarrec, Anne-Marie. « R comme Rôles-modèles. La vraie fausse bonne idée ? », , Numérique, compter avec les femmes. sous la direction de Kermarrec Anne-Marie. Odile Jacob, 2021, pp. 145-151.