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Bounce                Back

Promoting the role of women in music
and connecting for a new pedagogy

We believe women and gender minorities are to find equal opportunities in the new world economy as well as safer spaces of expression.

More specifically, women related to the cultural sector and to music face 3 main challenges :

  • Lack of representations and role models (in music education and repertoires)

  • Existing discrimination and stereotypes in their learning environment

  • Lack of resources and lack of support to compose music and find job opportunities


Understanding the role of education is key to build a solution driven initiative. We believe in changing unbalanced power structures by raising awareness among music students and teachers.

That is why we have launched in 2022, Musical Bounce Back, a 3-year educational and musical program for 25 young European musicians.

Our goal is to reach long lasting changes in teaching practices and share here innovative teaching methodology.

Musical Workshops 

Workshop 1 - Yerevan (Armenia)

October 16 to 22, 2022

Yerevan National Conservatory teams welcomed the first MBB workshop. All 30 musicians and teachers from Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and France gathered for the first time and performed a repertoire dedicated to European women composers from their countries. Participants got introductory sessions on women composers in music history and discussed gender inequalities with armenian composers.

Workshop 2 - Braga (Portugal)

March 20 to 25, 2023

Casa do Professor and Universidade do Minho hosted second MBB workshop, with a special focus on portuguese composers’ contributions. “Music of Silence”'s picture exhibition was launched for academic staff. Public events were held, questioning Gender barriers in art and music.

The musicians were able to meet French artist Eve Risser for the first time. Eve Risser is working on a work dedicated to the Musical Bounce Back orchestra, which will be premiered in Marseille for the project's closing in spring 2024. Eve Risser lies at the crossroads of different musical currents: classical, contemporary, jazz and traditional. This broad spectrum enables her to listen, adapt and write for Musical Bounce Back musicians.

Workshop 3 - Athens (Greece)

October 16 to 21, 2023

MBB musicians had the opportunity to meet Greek conductor Zoé Zeniodi . Going back to important steps in her career, artistic life and professional and personal life, her point of view on conductors’ age, critical analysis of. She agreed to meet all musicians and teachers involved in MBB

Lookin back at the milestones in her career, her personal and professional choices, important figures who have influenced her path, and her critical analysis of age in an artistic career.

Workshop  4 - Marseille (France)

April 8 to 13, 2023 

Marseille conservatory Pierre Barbizet hosted final workshop, and MBB orchestra presented 2 world premieres to a large international audience:

  • French composer Eve Risser’s piece, We
    for voice, violon (2) piano, blul, flûte (2), cello (4),
    trombone, trompette, flûte, bouzouki, accordion, kanun,
    alto, haut bois, marimba, vibraphone, flûte, clarinet (2)

  • Greek composer Esthir Lemi’s piece Calculi mediterranei
    for harp marimba piano

All along these workshops, we build pedagogical tools, such as conferences and questionnaires.

You want to understand our process or simply have a view on the result ?


Musical Bounce Back is an European project on gender equality in music supported by Erasmus + Agency - Key Action 2: Cooperation partnerships in adult education, implemented by 6 partners from 5 countries.

3 Intellectual outputs are expected:

documentary  video clips

on women role models for musicians

Students concert

with score of musical works created by European female composers, which is final representation of workshops and remote practice

Pedagogical toolkit

with educational and digital awareness tools on gender equality

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