The sessions provide a positive environment in which to start to play in public. The sessions have generated a strong network of support for women as they find their voice in public jazz jams, community bands and also in jazz promotion. So performance style, stagecraft and confidence in finding your own voice to contribute to the jazz dialogue are essential features of the project.
The participants in our Women in Jazz sessions often share news of new female performers who have given them inspiration, as well as discovering names of women who had a great influenced on jazz in their day, and whose names are often forgotten.
The project has served as a catalyst to the club to join the PRS Keychange project. This challenges arts organisations to pledge to reach evident levels of equal participation in their activities. In 2019, Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues joined the campaign with the following goals:
Success or otherwise will be reported to the Keychange organisers on a regular basis.
More information about this project can be obtained from Sue Bradley, Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues email: firstname.lastname@example.org