Women in Jazz Organization
WIJO Mentors is a mentorship program designed to connect and enrich the community of women and non-binary people in Jazz. The program provides strong role models to up-and-coming jazz musicians and composers in a safe and supportive environment and offers a way for established jazz musicians and composers on the scene to actively participate in and help shape the future of their art form. Selected mentees will work with professionals serving as their mentors in a one-on-one setting to receive guidance on musical, career, and interpersonal skills, as well as having a once-in-a-lifetime experience to build a new relationship with an established musician or composer.
The WIJO Mentors selection committee is looking for mentees who show strong artistic vision, a commitment to their musical growth in the area of jazz, and potential to contribute to the community of women and non-binary people in jazz.
WIJO Mentors 2021-2022 will run January 2, 2023 through August 1, 2023 and is a no-cost program for all selected participants.
TO APPLY: https://app.getacceptd.com/wijo
Women in Jazz Organization is looking for interns to join the WIJO Internship Program. The WIJO Internship Program is a great way for up-and-coming music-community leaders to gain real, hands-on professional experience and insight into the day-to-day activities of a start-up nonprofit organization. The internship program is designed for motivated students or young professionals who are interested in gaining the real-life multifaceted skills that it takes to run an organization and its affiliated programs in today’s music industry. The WIJO Intern will receive a meaningful, educational, and enjoyable work experience and work with established jazz musicians-turned-community-leaders, while being exposed to the broader music industry environment. A full description of the internship program is available on our "Team" Page of the website.
If interested in applying for this opportunity, please send your current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “WIJO INTERN RESUME” and a brief letter introducing yourself and describing your interest in this program.
More information available on our TEAM page, or just send us an email!
MARCH 8, 2021 - Women in Jazz Organization launched a fundraising campaign to support WIJO Mentors, its collegiate mentorship program. The fundraiser ran 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). We were able to raise over $7K in proceeds from this campaign, to go solely towards running the WIJO Mentors program. Although this campaign has concluded, you can always contribute to our ongoing efforts at Women In Jazz Organization (including WIJO Mentors), by donating via Paypal here.
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.
Grammy MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
NYC Free Mental Health Hotline
Facebook group for NYC musicians resources/support
New York Foundation for the Arts list of emergency grants
Google Spreadsheet Resource Masterlist Including Surveys, Petitions, and Panels
Online teaching resources from the Teaching Artist’s Guild
Info from the Freelancers Union on claiming paid sick leave as a freelancer
Navigating filing for unemployment due to coronavirus
Info on the recently passed coronavirus stimulus package
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.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 - WIJO Founder Roxy Coss and WIJO Member Marta Sanchez hosted, introducig the organization and musicians.
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!