At JPN’s EGM on 1st December, elections will take place for up to four positions on the board. Rarely do this number of places become vacant at once.

One of our strengths as a membership organisation is our connection with such a broad range of jazz professionals, who feedback on the work we do and share their concerns and issues. We know from this year’s Open Space event and survey that you want JPN to continue to welcome and provide support to people of all backgrounds within our workforce, and the upcoming elections are an opportunity to ensure the board membership reflects the diversity of the scene.

Our current board consists of dedicated and experienced professionals, but we want as many of JPN’s priorities represented within its 9 positions. We especially welcome board candidates:

  • from culturally diverse backgrounds,
  • with under-represented protected characteristics,
  • working as educators, record labels reps, agents or artists,
  • working in Wales, Scotland, and the island of Ireland.

A board with representation from the above colleagues will help us continue to be an effective network for the UK and Irish jazz sector.

Being part of the network means you have a say in the future of JPN. We are well placed to deliver our ongoing workforce development programme across the UK and Ireland, but we need your help. We need you – JPN’s membership – to appoint a board that will bring a wider perspective to decision making, serve our members better, and grow the membership for the future.

So when you vote on December 1st, we encourage you to help diversify the key decision making body at JPN. 

In line with our constitution, board members do not need to be current members of JPN, although their subsequent membership will be encouraged.

To find out more, or if you’re thinking of standing for election, our Chair Kim Macari will be hosting a drop-in session on 4th November. Register here and visit our website to find out more information.

We’ll announce the candidates and voting procedures on November 10th. We look forward to seeing you and receiving your votes on December 1st.