SEWEM – Sino-European Women Entrepreneurs in Music – is a networking and mentoring programme to promote the skills of European and Chinese women in the music and export sector, aiming for equality.

Serving as a bridge between European and Chinese music industries, it fosters cross-border circulation and cooperation through mentoring, artistic encounters, and market knowledge enhancement. It is funded by the European Commission.

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Collaborating and Exporting to China – A Management Guide

Essential for anyone considering projects in China, offering insights into the Chinese cultural industry and market.

Collaborating and Exporting to China – A Legal Guide

A comprehensive guide for those planning ventures in the Chinese music industry, covering legal and administrative aspects, including visa procedures.

Transcultural guide: An overview of the SEWEM artistic residency

Discover our partners, the residency preparation, artist selection process, and insights into cultural differences from both Chinese and French perspectives.

SEWEM Residency

In September 2023, the SEWEM project hosted a pioneering musical residency at Le Rocher de Palmer near Bordeaux, France, bringing together three French and three Chinese artists. Their aim: to bridge cultural divides through music. For more information on the residents, head here.

They also engaged with 40 cultural management students and a French journalist familiar with China to share their experiences. 

Discover the short documentary for insights into their transformative journey.

SEWEM Mentoring Programme

The core mentoring programme ran from October 2022 to June 2023 and provides long-term support for personal and career development of young professionals who identify themselves as women, trans or non-binary.

The programme consists of three pillars:

  • 1-on-1 meetings between mentee and mentor, for the organisation and content of which the participants themselves are responsible
  • Group meetings on topics that are relevant to the participants (e.g. knowledge of the Chinese market, understanding of music export strategy, etc., which take place in the form of workshops)
  • Exchange between European and Chinese participants with online networking session, and meeting of Chinese professionals and mentorship participants at Womex 2023.
In October 2023, we hosted a conference at the World Wide Music Expo, featuring 10 influential Chinese women discussing the post-COVID music industry in China. More about SEWEM at WOMEX here.

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