How it works

How does M³ – Mutual Mentorship for Musicians work?

  • Each season of the initiative starts with the solstice or equinox and lasts 6 months, culminating with a collaborative performance. 
  • Each season features 10-12 nominated musicians who are randomly paired by name-draw so that each person is paired with someone with whom they haven’t collaborated before. 
  • Meetings are held online if in-person is not possible. The total meetings for each musician is 12 meetings that are at least 2 hours long: 6 group meetings and 6 duo meetings within the 6 months.
  • At the group meetings, musicians discuss relevant issues affecting their work and lives. 
  • In the duo meetings, each pair of musicians meets online to create a work together. 
  • All meetings are confidential and everyone signs an agreement that they commit to the initiative and the final performance. 
  • The musicians agree on a performance date (virtual or live, depending on global circumstances), to occur at the end of the season. Each pair’s performance of the work should last around 10 minutes.
  • The performance of each of the 6 pairs’ works will be followed by a Q&A with the audience after each pair (with the total time lasting about an hour).
  • For promotional purposes, each pair of musicians will record an interview of each other about their collaboration to be shared on social media, etc. ahead of the final performance. 
  • Each musician who participates receives $500 USD for creating the duo collaborative work.
  • Each group nominates the next group and facilitates the next group’s first meeting.