Celebrating 3 years of
Women in Jazz Media
To demonstrate the power of a female collective and what can be achieved when you set your mind to it - here are some of the projects we have completed in just 3 years.
- Through all of our social media platforms, publications, events and partners we have given platforms to more than 10,000 women.
- Gained 9,955 followers across social media.
- Provided a platform for female authors across the world through our "On The Bookcase" features, showcasing 96 books written by women.
- Provided first performance platform for J Steps, the brilliant initiative led by Hannah Horton. J Steps have recently won the All Parliamentary Jazz Education Award.
- The Women in Jazz Media Playlists: 29 playlists so far platforming 435 female instrumentalists, vocalists and composers from around the world. New releases, legacy artists, new and established artists and also some women we think you should know about but maybe don't!
- Published 7 magazines with our 8th one out Dec 2023. Readership is now nearly at 40,000.
- Launched the "Kicking Down The Door" Creator fund. Created to support the development of outstanding female Black artists in the early stages of their careers and to support the creation of ground-breaking, genre-bending and alternative original music. 3 applicants have been awarded:
- 2 x 4-hour recording sessions
- 1-1 mentoring/artist development discussions
- Networking opportunities
- Live performance opportunities
- One photo shoot
- Interview published in our Women in Jazz Media magazine
- Promotion on our social media platforms
- Showcased the work of unsung legends such as Tiny Davis, Maxine Sullivan, Shirley Scott, Melba Liston, Velma Middleton and more.
- Launched our "New Releases" page and promotion, platforming new music and books from women across the world.
- Hosted nearly 50 events at venues including The Swinging Cat Jazz Club, Chesterfield Jazz Club, the Vortex, Jazz Café Posk, Toulouse Lautrec, Karamel Club and the EFG London Jazz Festival.
- Created five podcast series with a range of inspirational guests and guest hosts:
- "In Conversation With..." speaking to a wide range of women working in jazz.
- "On The Bookcase" focussing on female authors from across the world.
- "Knocking Down The Door" platforming inspirational black women in music in partnership with Black Lives in Music and Celine Peterson.
- "Sticks and Thrones" hosted by Mexico's Woman of the year, Migdalia Van Der Hoven, platforming female drummers.
- "The Notes In Between" hosted by Lara Eidi, exploring the world of songwriting.
- 110 articles published on our Jazz in Europe column, all written by women. Over 160,000 views.
- Launched a new series on Jazz In Europe platforming new releases - "Something New".
- Launched a new behind the scenes series exploring writers with Isabel Marquez - "Behind The Pen: A Writers Journey"
- Published many articles with our partners including Kind of Jazz, Jazz Views, and Jazz in Europe.
Work and education
- Provided paid employment opportunities for 167 women.
- Supported the development of the level 4 and 5 (degree level) Higher National in Journalism and Higher National in Photography for Pearson, the world's leading learning company, which operates in 70 countries around the world.
- Provided work experience placements in sound engineering, marketing, publishing and writing.
- Created the Girls in Jazz Media initiative to raise awareness of media roles for girls between the age of 8 and 15, working with the award winning Jazz Camp for Girls. This included workshops in Podcasting, Photography and Writing as well as an online resource booklet.
- "More Than A Few of Us" a new mentoring scheme for black writers supported by Black Lives in Music. Inspired by Willard Jenkins book 'Ain't But a Few of Us' with mentors including the inspirational Willard Jenkins and Jordannah Elizabeth.
- Mentoring scheme for writers.
Changing the landscape
- Facilitated the inclusion of the first two female photographers in the National jazz Archive - Monika S.Jakubowska and Tatiana Gorilovsky.
- Increased the gender and diversity balance in some of our partner publications (Jazz Views, Kind of Jazz and Jazz in Europe).
- Won the Jazz Media Parliamentary Award in 2021.
- Nominated twice for the National Diversity Community Organisation Award for Gender.
- Shortlisted for the International Women's Podcast Award 2021.
We are all hugely grateful for everyone's support over the past year and we are really excited about the future!
We are a not for profit volunteered based organisation. Any money we raise is used to support the work we do including events, publications, podcasts, mentoring schemes and general admin costs.