• Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice To Launch 'Next Jazz Legacy'

    by Charese Frugé
    January 13, 2022 at 1:20 AM (PT)
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    New Gender Justice Program

    The BERKLEE INSTITUTE OF JAZZ AND GENDER JUSTICE has announced it will launch a three-year program, NEXT JAZZ LEGACY, to champion a new generation of early-career stage artists who will increase opportunities and inspire widespread change among gender inequality in the Jazz world. 

    According to the Institute, only 20% of the genre's GRAMMY nominees this year are female, and according to a study of NPR's JAZZ CRITICS poll, women made up only 16% of core band personnel for albums in 2019, and the majority of albums included no women musicians at all. NEXT JAZZ LEGACY, a trailblazing new program from NEW MUSIC USA and the BERKLEE INSTITUTE OF JAZZ AND GENDER JUSTICE, has made it their mission to change this narrative by building a more inclusive future for women and non-binary jazz musicians, one that prevents the continued prevalence of patriarchal systems.

    As opposed to traditional methods of mentorship, NEXT JAZZ LEGACY includes a comprehensive package of support specially designed to have a deep impact on each participant's career, from a performance apprenticeship to artistic and business mentorships, learning cohorts led by the program’s artistic director TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON, online BERKLEE courses, promotional opportunities, financial investments through $10k grants and more.

    For more information on the program, click here.

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