MARCH 8, 2021 - Women in Jazz Organization is launching a fundraising campaign to support WIJO Mentors, its collegiate mentorship program. The fundraiser will run from International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021 through International Jazz Day, April 30, 2021, honoring both Women’s History Month (March) and Jazz Appreciation Month (April).
Proceeds from this campaign will go solely towards running the WIJO Mentors program:
-Bolstering yearly honorariums for mentors
-Funding guest artists for zoom clinics
-Covering general administrative costs to maintain the program year-round
-Launching a brand-new scholarship fund for applicants in future seasons
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Demand police accountability from your legislators
- Hold elected officials, corporations, and institutions accountable
- Work to defund the police
- Make a donation
- Sign a petition
- Join a protest, if you feel you can do so safely
- Offer resources to protestors and affected communities in your area
- Educate yourself
- Register to vote
Many of us are hurting in a multitude of ways as a result of this crisis, both personally and professionally. Almost all of us have experienced extreme loss from this pandemic - including performance, teaching opportunities, and a sense of our community. We are so inspired by how resilient and strong you are and take some comfort seeing all of the ways you’ve been charging forward already; continuing to create art, keeping your lessons going, reaching out to audiences, and to each other. Please see below, a list of resources that we have compiled for you, and hope will help to further support you through this.
Region-specific resources from the Grammy website:
WIJO Mentors completed its second semester!
WIJO completed its second full semester of the WIJO MENTORS program, where professional jazz musicians from WIJO are paired with selected young women and non binary people in jazz through an application process, to provide mentoring for college level jazz musicians. WIJO members are working on a volunteer basis. The mentorship lasts one semester.
Mentors offer their guidance and support in a one-on-one setting, offering young musicians in the field at least one private lesson, discussions, and professional feedback on their applications. WIJO Mentors Participants are also invited to participate in a special WIJO Mentors event, to introduce them to the WIJO community at large.
Students can apply as many semesters as they like. More information about the application process is available on the Mentors page.
WIJO partnered with United Nations International School to present a Student Masterclass with renowned drummer and WIJO Member Allison Miller, as well as an evening concert featuring four WIJO Members: Allison, Carmen Staaf, Nadje Noordhuis and Noriko Ueda. Special thanks to Allegra Levy and family for organizing this event!
WIJO has hosted 3 nights of WKCR's "Musician's Show," featuring specially curated playlists of music exclusively from WIJO / Women In Jazz Organization members!
MARCH 27, 2019 - WIJO Member Lisa Parrott and Leaders Aubrey Johnson & Roxy Coss hosted our 3rd WIJO on WKCR Radio Show, continuing the discussion on our recent projects!
DECEMBER 5, 2018 - WIJO Founder Roxy Coss and WIJO Member Marta Sanchez hosted, along with WIJO Leader Tahira Clayton, discussing the organization and recent WIJO projects.
We had a blast celebrating another year at the Kitano in NYC with a fantastic group of WIJO members and supporters. The Jam feautred dozens of world-class jazz musicians, all members of WIJO. The session was led by our Founder, Roxy Coss, featuring our house rhythm section, ArcoIris Sandoval, Jeong Lim Yang, and Shirazette Tinnin. Special thanks to Iris Ornig for organizing this event! We hope to see you at our next jam!
Contact us to find out more about what WIJO is doing, and how you can become a WIJO member or supporter today!