WIJO Mentors Program

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WIJO Mentors begins its second semester!

Applications for the Spring 2019 Semester ARE NOW OPEN.


WIJO Mentors Program provides the opportunity for young women and non-binary people in jazz at the college level to learn from the pros in a safe and supportive environment.

WIJO Mentors Program Outline:

Connect - Mentors will provide 3 hours of meetings/discussion with Mentee per semester - in person, video chat, or phone

Musical Guidance - Mentors will provide one 1-hour lesson to Mentee in person, if geography allows (or via video chat)

Professional Feedback - Mentor will provide feedback to Mentee on application video performance, resume, and bio

Introductory Meeting - All WIJO Mentors & Mentees will be invited to an introductory (remote) WIJO Mentors Meeting

Resources - Mentees will gain access to a database of WIJO Mentors materials, including WIJO Member Resources

WIJO Mentors Requirements:

Mentee Expectations:

Provide Mentor with schedule of availability to fulfill WIJO Mentors Requirements

Fulfill and attend all WIJO Mentors Program Requirements

Commitment to honoring the core values of WIJO and the WIJO Mission Statement

Mentor Expectations:

Provide Mentee with schedule of availability to fulfill WIJO Mentors Requirements

Fulfill and attend all WIJO Mentors Program Requirements

Commitment to honoring the core values of WIJO and the WIJO Mission Statement

Topics of discussion may include:

Listening recommendations

Practical musical skills including: practice routine, bandleading, chart writing, attending/leading a session, etc.

Practical entrepreneurial skills including: social media management, branding, booking gigs, grant writing, etc.

Practical interpersonal skills related to leading a successful career in the jazz community

Shared experiences as a woman or non-binary person in jazz

How to Apply

Mentee applicants must submit the following:
Mentor applicants must submit the following:


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


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

Audio should be clear and properly synced up with video, and should demonstrate the applicant’s best tone and sound.

Applicant is strongly encouraged to play with a live rhythm section or accompanist(s), or a play-along recording.

Applicant is strongly encouraged to demonstrate improvisation on some or all selections, and demonstrate their skill level to the best of their ability.

Applicant must submit three selections, and should perform at least two of these selections on their main instrument (applicant may perform one selection on a double).

Video submission should not exceed more than 5 mins total.

Applicant should be fully visible throughout.

The applicant should be heavily featured; Video should not feature or showcase soloing by accompanists (It is OK to edit the video down).


1. Standard Ballad

2. Standard/Jazz Standard (medium or up tempo); selected from the songbooks of composers such as Gershwin, Ellington, Arlen, Rodgers & Hart, Kern, Berlin, etc. You can play a blues.

3. Contrasting piece of choice (Original compositions encouraged!)

Video recordings must be submitted via a Private YouTube Video Link, included in your online application form


Mentees will be selected and paired with Mentors based on their application forms, letters of recommendation, performance on video submission, and other considerations including musical skill, artistic vision, business experience, location, instrumentation, and potential for growth, as well as their ability to contribute to the community of women and non-binary people in jazz.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide feedback to applicants who are not selected for the WIJO Mentors Program.

Applicants are encouraged to apply and re-apply for as many semesters as they are eligible and desire to.


If you have any questions about the WIJO Mentors Program or application process, please be in touch via email.

Director of WIJO Mentors:

Emily Pecoraro

Women In Jazz Organization:

General Email Address