How it works

How does M³ – Mutual Mentorship for Musicians work?


Each season starts with the solstice and lasts 6 months, culminating with a collaborative performance. 

Each season features 12 nominated musicians, randomly paired by name-draw at the first meeting, 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 24 meetings that are at least 2 hours long: 12 group meetings and at least 12 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. 

Collaborative 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). Each musician who participates receives $2000 USD for creating the duo collaborative work.

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 cohort member should be available for press opportunities/interviews.

M³ Anthology

Each musician who participates will be invited to contribute with an essay/writing/poem for that season’s M³ Anthology of Writings, edited by M³’s Guest Editor, Naomi Extra.


The selection process is organized in 3 phases:

  •  Phase 1 is the Open Call, April 25th- May 1st, 2022 (closing at 11:59pm ET on May 2022), welcoming women and non-binary musicians from around the world to apply for the next cohort. From this Open Call, 6 applicants will be selected to be in the next cohort. 
  • In Phase 2, the current cohort nominates 12 musicians. From these 12 musicians, 6 are chosen to be in the next cohort.
  • In Phase 3, the M³ Team and the current cohort members use a vigorous scoring and rating system in order to find a balance and diversity among these Criteria for Selection: Each nominee’s career experience; Artistic excellence; Age; Instrument(s); Access to networks; Representation; Musicians who are compassionate, egoless, and generous in their collaborative process.
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