For the last 23 years manchester jazz festival has championed and been firm advocates of women in music through the festival programme and special projects; mjf introduces, mjf originals and new scheme mjf hothouse, where mjf have consistently offered female musicians a professional platform for their music to be heard. In 2017 mjf are proud to say that 50% of all bands that played included women in their line-up, translating as 49 out of 98 gigs having a strong female presence. In 2018 mjf will continue to endeavour for a 50/50 gender balance with the Keychange target in mind of having an equal gender balance by 2022. Steve Mead, mjf Artistic Director says:
“I’m delighted and proud that mjf is a Keychange associate, and it’s humbling that our ambitions and achievements towards creating a more gender-balanced jazz industry are being celebrated with this initiative. There is of course plenty more to do, but I hope that, together, we can continue to inspire others to effect change for good.”
For more information about the Keychange initiative click here.