Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has launched the Jazz Promoters Fellowship, a new pilot programme aiming to increase gender equality in the world of jazz.

The pilot programme has been unveiled with internationally recognised jazz composer, educator and producer Issie Barratt.

This fully-funded HMUK Fellowship has been developed out of the need to create a gender balance within the jazz scene in the UK and provide a framework for best practice in training for promoters.

Issie has conducted research over the last four years showing that women are underrepresented in jazz, often excluded from performance opportunities, rarely booked as often as their male counterparts, and infrequently considered in development initiatives.

The fellowship will aim to equip 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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