Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³), is a visionary and non-hierarchical mentorship initiative created by musicians Jen Shyu and Sara Serpa. Their 2nd annual in-person M³ Festival will feature 21 bandleaders across three-days – September 21-23, 2023 at Roulette.
M³ began as a labor of love and research between its co-founders, vocalist-composers Jen Shyu and Sara Serpa, who are also active composers, teachers, and performers. When the Covid-19 lockdown began in NYC in March of 2020, Shyu and Serpa began conversations about elevating women and non-binary musicians, particularly women and non-binary musicians of color, in their global music community. Based on their own experiences of limited access to female and non-binary mentors as they began their careers – the majority of their mentors being older male musicians – they combined concepts of mutual mentorship and group support to create a model that addresses the gaps and imbalances in the music industry. The project was born out of the need for greater community, opportunity, and support among women and nonbinary composers in creative music. M³ proposes a new paradigm of mentorship and collaboration guided by a deep sense of fair treatment of all M³’s cohort members, collaborators and team members, striving for just distribution of compensation, visibility and opportunities.
In just a few years, Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³) has commissioned over a very wide range of women, non-binary, and mostly BIPOC musicians to create numerous new duo music/video compositions across five cohort cycles, each lasting 6-10 months.
In the relentless pursuit of balance and diversity, this lineup of composer-performers was thoughtfully curated to embody innovation across genres. The M³ Festival serves as a testament to the power of inclusivity, demonstrating that when intentions focus on fostering a diverse and inclusive community of musicians and creators, it unlocks a world of boundless possibilities.
- Srayamurtikanti & Gamelan Friends Ni Nyoman Srayamurtikanti (Kendang, Ceng-ceng, Gender Wayang), Victoria Lo Mellin (Kendang, Ceng-ceng, Gender Wayang), & Liz Behrend (Kendang, Ceng-ceng, Klentong)
- The Sabbath presenting The Adhan Project The Sabbath (vocals) and Liany Mateo (double bass)
- El Cuerpo Rítmico, Leonor Falcón, Cecilia Lopez El Cuerpo Rítmico (piano), Leonor Falcón (viola) and Cecilia Lopez (electronics)
- Goussy Célestin & Frankie Patcher Ensemble Jessica Jones (tenor sax), Naomi Moon Siegel (trombone), Goussy Célestin (piano/vocals), Liany Mateo (upright bass) & Frankie Patcher (drums)
A livestream will be available free of charge at 7pm on the day of the performance and archived for future viewing. Watch below or on YouTube.