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Jazz Promoters Fellowship aims to create gender balance within the UK jazz scene

Laura  Barnes
Jazz Promoters Fellowship aims to create gender balance within the UK jazz scene

A new, fully funded fellowship has been announced to help create a gender balance within the UK jazz scene.

Created in partnership with music charity Help Musicians UK (HMUK) and composer, educator and producer Issie Barratt, the Jazz Promoters Fellowship programme provides a framework for best practice in training for promoters.

Supported by industry leaders across the sector, The Fellowship will aim to “change perceptions and create a new, inclusive jazz landscape”.

It will focus on equipping the next generation of male and female promoters for a career in the industry by working closely with many of the UK’s best jazz promoters, venues and festival directors.
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Barratt has conducted her own extensive research on the subject, with the four-year project showing that women are hugely underrepresented in jazz, often excluded from performance opportunities, rarely booked as often as their male counterparts, and infrequently considered in development initiatives.

“As I celebrate my 30th year in the music profession I’m astonished there’s still such a gender imbalance within the jazz scene,” said Barratt.

“I’m confident that this new Jazz Promoters Fellowship will not only help a new cohort of jazz promoters establish best practice, but will also lead the way in creating a more diverse and inclusive jazz scene for us all to enjoy in the not so distant future.”

Claire Gevaux, creative director at HMUK, said: “As an independent voice, HMUK is committed to a fair, inclusive and equal music industry, and is keen to turn conversations into action.

“Our recent partnership announcement with Women in Music enables us to continue to question, have conversations, discuss and raise awareness of gender equality – working in tandem to address this imbalance.

“We’re really proud to announce and deliver this Fellowship in partnership with Issie Barratt. With a wealth of relevant experience and a broad network of contacts inclusive of promoters, managers and agents, Issie is ideal to oversee the project.”

By the end of this Fellowship's pilot year (July 2018), participants will have had invaluable opportunities in order to deliver a year-long personal project aimed at addressing the equality gap.

Emerging promoters of all backgrounds and stages in their careers are encouraged to apply to this yearlong programme. Applications are now open and will close at midday Friday 7th July 2017. Successful recipients will be announced in late July.

Find out more information and apply for the Jazz Promoters Fellowship here.

Tags: women in music , HMUK , Issie Barratt , uk jazz scene , gender imbalance , Jazz Promoters Fellowship

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