Monique Dardenne (BR)
[Women's Music Event (WME)]
Monique Dardenne is a cultural producer who selects projects that can make significant impact in the South American music industry. Monique is the creator and founder of global Women’s Music Event (WME). WME also serves as a digital platform designed to increase the profiles of women in the Brazilian music industry. She was also the director of Boiler Room’s Brazilian outpost, label manager for Skol Music, and ran the artist management company MD/Agency.
The WME is a platform for music, business, and technology that aims to highlight participation, encourage inclusion, create connections, and promote the work of women who work in the music industry—women who, for a long time, haven’t received due recognition for their work or have had difficulty entering the market.
In Brazil, the WME is the largest platform focused on this goal, to be a professional aggregator—rather than an “activist.” We are also the only platform that rewards women in the industry.
In the 3 years of our existence, the WME has made a considerable impact on the Brazilian music market--generating jobs and visibility, and providing recognition and respect.
Movements such as the WME around the world are important for women, and men, to be aware of the space we must occupy in the Market and to be cognisant of the fair remuneration we should have for our work.
Monique Dardenne is attending CHANGES as a part of the Victorian Government’s $22.2 million Music Works industry development Music Passport program.