Indie Days16.03.2022

Panel: Role Models are key – Mentoring by MEWEM Europa

Freitag, 22. April 2022
Cinenova - Cine 3
Sprache: Englisch

Current studies underline the striking importance of role models for the personal development of women in particular. That is where mentoring programmes come in, bringing together newcomers with specialists from the music business whose expertise, visibility and networking affinity clearly turns them into the role models that are so necessary in our sector.

MEWEM Europa is a project to implement and manage mentoring programmes for women in the music business on a European scale. The project’s goal is that in the future, more women will also shape the sector in leadership positions and as founders. Therefore, the project promotes access to management positions and entrepreneurship as well as the development of management skills among young women in the music business.

For this purpose, a mentoring-based training programme, adapted to the music sector and with a European dimension, is being created. In cooperation with seven partner organisations in six countries, who themselves conduct national mentoring programmes during the project, a model mentoring programme for women in the music industry has been developed from which other European organisations can also benefit.

Mentors, mentees as well as project managers from different MEWEM partner countries report on their experiences in the current programmes and reflect on future developments.


Ariane Tamalet (Head of Publishing, Filature Unity, FR)

Ariane Tamalet is counting 4 years of experience in the music industry, working in management and A&R in various international environments. After beinf a project manager at the Bureau Export Berlin (CNM), she joined Filature Unity as Head of Publishing and artistic director for artists like Kaky, Eugénie, Praa. She is a participant in MEWEM France 2022.

Beate Dietrich (VUT / Coordinator MEWEM Germany, GER)

Foto: Stefan Wieland

Beate Dietrich is responsible for the member services at the Association of Independent Musicians and Music Companies (VUT), the German partner of MEWEM Europa. As a music business "native" with 11 years of working experience in a record label, a music publishing company and a booking agency, she realised early that there are by far too few women - on the stages as well as in the business, especially in leading positions. She was and is involved in various music and culture projects - as coordinator, administrator, in marketing or as counsellor for public funding.

Julien Fournier (Director Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques, BE)

Julien Fournier graduated in journalism and communication at Université Libre de Bruxelles. His journey has led him since the early 2000s to work with Radio Campus Bruxelles, Radionomy, Les Siestes Electroniques, Vlek and a few other projects, always within the music, media and communication sector.  Hired at Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques (a public agency specialized in supporting exports for the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s music industry in Belgium) in 2012 as head of the current music sector, he took over the management of the agency 6 years later. Today, he designs and implements, with his team, the policy of transversal support (all musical genres) for artists, bookers, labels and broadcasters residing in the French-speaking part of Belgium. He also recently joined the board of EMEE, (the association of European export agencies for the music industry) and is a founding member of SCIVIAS, a platform working towards a better gender balance in the local musical sector.

Tatjana Domani (Öst.Musikfonds / Austrian Music Export, AT)

Tatjana Domany, geboren 1981 in Wien, studierte Politikwissenschaft und Kommunikationswissenschaft. In den 2000er Jahren arbeitete sie als freie Mitarbeiterin im Musik- und Kulturmarketing für lokale Plattenlabels, Agenturen und Organisationen der Musikbranche. Ab 2008 war sie für das Wiener Label G-Stone Recordings (Kruder & Dorfmeister, Tosca, Rodney Hunter...) tätig. Seit 2011 verantwortlich für die Exportaktivitäten beim Österreichischen Musikfonds / Austrian Music Export. Dazu gehört u.a. die Entwicklung von Programmen und Fördermaßnahmen im Musikexport, die Unterstützung österreichischer Künstler und Plattenfirmen bei der Durchführung internationaler Projekte sowie die Umsetzung internationaler Showcase-Events und Kooperationen.


Milena Fessmann (Music Supervisor, Journalistin, Filmproduzentin, GER)

Milena Fessmann betreibt seit 1998, neben ihrer langjährigen Tätigkeit als DJ in diversen Clubs und als Moderatorin auf Radio Eins, RBB mit einer eigenverantwortlichen wöchentlichen Musiksendung “Free Falling – Dienstags 23-01 Uhr, die Firma CINESONG.

Sie moderiert Events, Panels, Pressekonferenzen etc. wie z.B. “Reeperbahnfestival 2014-2020, c/o Pop und Soundtrack Cologne seit 2014, ist Diplom Politologin und gibt Seminare zum Thema „Musicsupervising“ an der DFFB. Sie ist Advisory Boardmember der World Soundtrack Academy und Mitglied der Europäischen Filmakademie.

Seit 2012 gibt es die Sugar Town Filmproduktion GmbH & Co.KG und das erste Projekt die Dokumentation “The Potential of Noise – Conny Planck” kam im September 2017 in Deutschland ins Kino und hatte seine Weltpremiere auf der SXSW 2018, US-Release September 2018. Weitere Projekte/Koproduktionen sind u.a. “Als Hitler das Rosa Kaninchen stahl”, “Prince of Swan”, ”H.M.I”, und „Jung Kaputt spart Altersheime“, eine Doku über die Frauen im deutschsprachigen Punk und New Wave die sich seit Herbst 2021 im Dreh befindet.

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