About Us

Who We Are

Women In Jazz Organization is a collective of over 350 professional performing Jazz Musicians who identify as Women or gender Non-Binary. Largely a New York City-based organization, with connections to other individuals and groups nationally and internationally.

What are the problems?

There is a lack of representation of women and non-binary people in the Jazz world

Women and non-binary people in Jazz face discrimination

Women and non-binary people in Jazz experience harassment, assault, abuse and violence, as well as more subtle oppression

Women and non-binary people in Jazz don’t receive the same opportunities as men do

Women and non-binary people in Jazz don’t have the same community available to them that men do

What are the solutions?

Empowerment/personal development/learning space/resources

Community building/support group/network & connectivity tool

Outreach programs & mentorship

Social justice/advocacy/action for change; dismantling barriers and inequities in Jazz

Creating more opportunities for members to perform, work, learn, and participate in Jazz

Providing established voice to represent individual women & non-binary people in Jazz

What are the goals?

To improve the experience of women and non-binary people in Jazz

To create a group of women and non-binary people in Jazz that can meet and share experiences, to have peers to talk with, share stories and support, so as not to feel alone

To build a network of women and non-binary people in Jazz to pool resources with, learn from each other, and empower each other and the entire women and non-binary people in Jazz community as a whole

To improve issues in the Jazz community: how people in Jazz see and treat us; how people outside the Jazz community see and treat us; and how we see and treat ourselves and each other