25th March 2021 12:00-13:00

In this week’s session, we have invited one of our trustees Emily Jones to kick-start the meet-up by talking about her work with Dr. Sarah Raine in producing a recent report which examined gender representation and the experiences of women musicians at U.K. jazz festivals. At the start, Emily will outline some of the report’s key findings and highlight a few takeaways for the jazz sector as we all strive to create a more inclusive and diverse musical landscape. After an introduction to the report, we will open the floor to questions and there will also be a time to respond and reflect on the findings from this important research project.

Emily Jones works as Senior Producer at Sage Gateshead, running artist development projects and producing new events with a particular focus on creative diversity. She spent six years as Head of Programming for Cheltenham Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 2, one of the UK’s largest jazz festivals, and previously worked in programming across various genres at the Barbican Centre and Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

From 2016 to 2019 Emily was the first female Chair of the Jazz Promotion Network, a pan-national body representing jazz in the UK and Ireland. She also served as Chair of Soul City Arts, a Birmingham organisation promoting diversity in the arts. Emily is an accredited coach and is often called on to speak about gender issues in the music industry, including as a guest on Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 and Worldwide FM. She is an active DJ and producer under the alias Echo Juliet, hosting a radio show for Soundcrash and helping lead Selextorhood, a collective of female and non-binary DJs.