WIJO Mentors

Now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Season!

Application Deadline: September 17, 2019 at Midnight EST

WIJO Mentors is a free and volunteer-based, year-long mentorship program, designed to connect and enrich the community of women and non-binary people in Jazz. WIJO Mentors provides strong role-models to up-and-coming musicians in a safe and supportive environment, and offers a way for established jazz musicians on the scene to actively participate in and shape the future of their community. Selected Mentees will receive a once in a lifetime experience to learn in a one-on-one setting from professionals from around the world, receiving guidance on musical, career, and interpersonal skills.

WIJO Mentors Program Outline

The 2019-2020 Season of WIJO Mentors will run October 15, 2019 through May 15, 2020.

The WIJO Mentors program will consist of a minimum of:
● 2 Hours of private lessons
● 3 hours of meetings or discussions

In addition, Selected Mentees will receive the following:
● Feedback on all Mentee application materials
● Invitation to 2 WIJO Mentors Meet & Greet Jam Sessions
● Access to WIJO Mentors resources

Suggested Topics of Discussion

Musical Skills: Practice routine, harmony, band leading, chart writing, attending/leading a jam session, recording, listening, etc.

Professional Skills: Social media promotion, brand management, booking gigs, website building, networking, industry information, etc.

Interpersonal Skills: How to present yourself in a professional way, getting to know how the Jazz community works

Shared Experiences: How to navigate the experience of being a woman or non-binary person in Jazz

How to Apply

Application Deadline: September 17, 2019 at Midnight EST

MENTEES

Submit a WIJO Mentors Mentee Application Form

To complete this application, you will need to include the following supporting materials:
● Current bio (150 words or less)
● Current resume
● Headshot
● Link to Video Recording (requirements below)
● Letter of Recommendation
● Application fee of $25

MENTORS

Submit a WIJO Mentors Mentor Application Form

To complete this application, you will need to include the following supporting materials:
● Current bio (150 words or less)
● Current resume
● Headshot

Selection Process

The selection of Mentee participants will be made based solely on the information provided through application forms, letters of recommendation, musical skill demonstrated by performance on video submission, biographical information and past experience listed. Major consideration will be made for applicants with strong artistic vision, potential for growth, and the ability to contribute to the community of women and non-binary people in jazz. Applicants are encouraged to apply for and participate in as many semesters as they are eligible.

The selection of Mentor participants will be made based on various factors, including the information provided through application forms, biographical information and past experience listed in resume, involvement in the WIJO community, feedback from past Mentees as applicable, as well as the specific needs of the application pool from the Mentee selections for the current year. Major consideration will be made for applicants with strong artistic vision, established careers, past experience in mentorship and/or education, strong communication and leadership skills, and the ability to contribute to the community of women and non-binary people in jazz. Applicants are encouraged to apply for and participate in as many semesters as they desire.

Mentee and Mentor Matches will be selected based on instrumentation, location, areas of strengths/weaknesses, personalities, areas of focus/interest expressed in application forms, and experience and skill level in the areas of music, business, and interpersonal relationships. We will not pair a Mentee and Mentor together more than once, but Matches are encouraged to continue their mentorship relationship beyond the WIJO Mentors Program.

Video Requirements

All applicants are required to submit a video recording in order to be considered for the WIJO mentors program.

REQUIRED REPERTOIRE:

One chorus of melody and 2 choruses of improvised solo on “Straight No Chaser,” Blues in F Concert.

RECORDING GUIDELINES:

● It is not required that the format be a professional or studio recording. 

● Audio should be clear and properly synced up with video

● Audio should demonstrate the applicant’s best tone and sound.

● Applicant is encouraged (but not required) to play with a live rhythm section or accompanist(s), or a play-along recording, if possible. 

● Applicant should be fully visible throughout.

● Please do not include anything beyond required material.

● Editing an existing recording to meet this format is acceptable.  

Video recordings must be submitted via a Private YouTube Video Link, in your online application form
Please do not use an “Unlisted” Link.

Spring 2019 Mentees

WIJO Mentors Spring 2019 Mentees

Genesis Berrios, Anna Blackmore, Malin Carta, Kassandra Charalampi, Domi Edson, Jhoe Garay, Jess Goodrich, Sarah Hanahan, Morgan Hurlock, Malwina Masternak, Liany Mateo, Sarah Milligan, Yu Nishiyama, Anastassiya Petrova, Jade Saffery, Ella Jane Sharpe, Bell Thompson, Talia Rubenstein, Courtney Wright

Spring 2019 Mentors

WIJO Mentors Spring 2019 Mentors

Mercedes Beckman, Rachel Eckroth, Melissa Gardiner, Jocelyn Gould, Christine Jensen, Aubrey Johnson, Kristina Koller, Barbara Laronga, Virginia Mayhew, Elsa Nilsson, Nadje Noordhuis, Dida Pelled, Roberta Piket, Mayu Saeki, Karolina Strassmayer, Brenda Earle Stokes, Sumi Tonooka, Noriko Ueda, Rachel Z

Fall 2018 Mentees

Wijo Mentees

Alexandra Ayoob, Bell Thompson, Diamond Anderson, Montana Heater, Jade Saffery, Liany Mateo, Jessica Goodrich, Malwina Masternak, Yvonne Rogers

Fall 2018 Mentors

Wijo Mentors

Alexis Cole, Melissa Gardiner, Monika Herzig, Barbara Laronga, Roberta Piket, Lauren Sevian, Svetlana Shmulyian, Joanna Wallfisch, Rachel Z

Questions?

If you have any further questions about the WIJO Mentors Program or application process, please send us an email.