Help Musicians UK launches Jazz Promoters Fellowship

Help Musicians UK

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.

Claire Gevaux, HMUK creative director, 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.’

Successful applicants will be able to develop a year-long personal project aimed at addressing the equality gap, receive monthly tutorials, mentoring from leading experts and participation in roundtable discussions.

Applications are now open and will close at midday Friday 7 July 2017 and successful recipients will be announced in late July.

Visit the HMUK website to submit an application.