Mentorship Program

for Womxn in Music

bespoken is a mentorship program for womxn in classical, contemporary, and jazz music. Through professional one-on-one mentoring and group workshops, the program equips fellows with skill-building tools and support to develop successful ideas, goals, and projects to create rewarding careers in music.

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WHAT WE DO

In 2018, co-founders Gina Izzo and Eunbi Kim launched bespoken, a mentorship program for womxn in classical, contemporary, and jazz music. Through professional one-on-one mentoring and group workshops, the program equips fellows with skill-building tools and support to develop successful ideas, goals, and projects to create rewarding careers in music.

 

bespoken has supported 32 fellows in the areas of:

 

  • website, biography, and resume oversight

  • marketing, and branding

  • creative project development such as releasing an album, performance/workshop opportunities

  • fundraising

  • commissioning projects

  • job applications and interviews

 

while providing support for achieving desired goals, building connections, and finding resources. The program provides motivation for fellows to become more active members of the community through connections and familiarity with an array of projects, organizations, and institutions. 

HOW IT WORKS

We put artistic visions into action through our one-on-one mentoring and workshops — structured yet personalized — designed to provide skills training, career oversight, and strategies for building a career as a music professional. Our one-on-one mentoring includes bio, resume, and website oversight, as well as creative project and brand development. Each participant will learn how to develop their marketing, PR, and management strategies, while exploring new modes of creative expression. There is no fee to apply. 

WHY WE DO IT

bespoken helps identify barriers for advancement and develops a plan for personal and professional growth by increasing representation of female identifying artists in music through our project-driven and career-centric initiatives.

About

In 2018, co-founders Gina Izzo and Eunbi Kim launched bespoken, a mentorship program for womxn in classical, contemporary, and jazz music. Through professional one-on-one mentoring and group workshops, the program equips fellows with skill-building tools and support to develop successful ideas, goals, and projects to create rewarding careers in music.

bespoken fellows receive monthly, one-on-one mentoring sessions for the duration of the program. In addition to these sessions, fellows are supported through group workshops with established and emerging womxn leaders in the arts where they learn skills, share ideas, and ask questions regarding the music industry. These workshops are designed to bring together a community of womxn in the arts who foster creativity and confidence in their day-to-day lives. 

Since their foundation in 2018, bespoken has mentored 27 fellows in the areas of creative project development, performance and educational opportunities, marketing and branding, job applications and interviews, in support of achieving desired goals, building connections, and finding resources. The program provides motivation for fellows to become more active members of the community through connections and familiarity with an array of projects, organizations, and institutions while encouraging them to advocate for themselves and their art. 

 

bespoken has led workshops and residences at institutions including New York University and Boise State University designed to provide ideas, tools, and resources to help emerging artists thrive in an evolving music industry. bespoken’s wide-range of creative career building skills have played a critical role in the development and outcome of bespoken fellows who have been recognized by presenters, organizations, publications, and institutions such as TEDx, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Kaufman Music Center, Spirit Music Group, Rockwood Music Hall, Smalls Jazz Club, I Care If You Listen, among others. 

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