Educate + Activate
Below are organizations, websites, events and more devoted to inclusivity and justice in jazz and music education.
United States + Canada
Seattle JazzED (hey, we’re the hosts of this website!) was founded in 2010 with one simple mission: Make sure every young person who comes through our doors gets an excellent music education. We believe that achievement of our core mission - to empower ALL students with exceptional music education - requires an organization-wide commitment to dismantle systemic racism, sexism and economic inequality by keeping issues of equity centered in our work. We will strive to understand, support and reflect the communities that we serve. Learn more about our girls-focused programs Girls Jazz Day and the Girls Ellington Project.
Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice at will focus on equity in the jazz field and the role that jazz plays in the larger struggle for gender justice. The institute will celebrate the contributions women have made in the development of the art form as well as frame more equitable conditions for all pursuing careers in jazz in an effort to work toward a necessary and lasting cultural shift in the field
Women in Jazz Organization is a collective of over 350 professional performing Jazz Musicians who identify as Women or gender Non-Binary. Largely a New York City-based organization, with connections to other individuals and groups nationally and internationally.
Women in Jazz Day at Central Washington University will address the absence of female representation in the jazz idiom, and to inspire girls and women to continue to pursue playing jazz throughout their educational journeys and beyond. Our event will have clinics and masterclasses for students of all ability levels, as well as clinics for future and current educators (of ALL genders) who want to increase their awareness and address this issue in their own classrooms.
Key of She jazz conference was started more than five years ago at Lower Merion School District outside of Philadelphia, PA, by a couple of girls who noticed they were among only five female players in their entire jazz band despite so many female musicians in band and orchestra.
jazzhers at Newton South High School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts is an organization committed to shaping the future of jazz by helping young musicians who identify as female to become connected and feel empowered within the jazz community. Our goal is to bring young women together and provide them with mentors and resources that allow them to see themselves represented by instrument as well as genre.
SheBop Workshops at Colorado Conservatory for Jazz Arts is pen to young women on any instrument/voice of any ability level ages 10-18, SheBop focuses on creating community and connection while empowering young women to creatively express themselves within the male-dominated art form of jazz.
JazzGirls Day at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California is open to elementary and middle school musicians who play or sing jazz. Girls are invited to join professional female jazz musicians and educators for the afternoon. Activities include master classes, jam sessions, and a performance/concert by women jazz players. Female high school jazzistas from the Berkeley High jazz program serve as mentors and volunteers.
Girls’ Jazz and Blues Camp at California Jazz Conservatory provides a supportive musical environment where girls have fun and develop self-confidence. Campers hone improvisational, technical and ensemble skills while meeting new friends and creating music with other young musicians from the Bay Area and beyond.
Girl Plays Jazz Project in the United Kingdom is dedicated to supporting and promoting girls and young women in jazz. We offer weekend and summer courses to introduce girls to jazz, blues, funk, blues and world music improvisation, and to develop girls and young women as jazz musicians.
If you would like to add your project or event to this list, please email Kelly Clingan.