JAZZ NORTH’S JAZZ CAMP FOR GIRLS MAKES AN ONLINE RETURN WITH A BROADER OFFER FOR GIRLS AGED 10-15 YEARS
Jazz North has teamed up with a range of partners to deliver a broader programme for this year’s Jazz Camp for Girls. The ‘Online Musical Adventures Day’ will give girls aged 10-15 years old the chance to discover computer coding to make music, graphic scores, improvising using nature, interpreting jazz standards, and can enjoy an introduction to music journalism, photography, and podcasting in the jazz world.
Jazz Camp for Girls will take place on Saturday 6th March from 10am until 4.30pm and costs just £10. There will be morning and afternoon sessions giving the girls the chance to have a better and deeper experience of the topics delivered by Women in Jazz Media, Conductive Music, J Frisco, Creative Heights, and BlueJam Arts. All sessions are open to girls of mixed abilities.
Moving the camp online was first tried out in 2020 when the first lockdown was enforced. “After the success of Jazz Camp for Girls 2019, we made the camp bigger for 2020 by taking it to more places across the north of England. Then Covid hit and the last session was delivered on Zoom with Lara Jones and Megan Roe from J Frisco,” explains Project Manager Helena Summerfield. “This year we wanted to keep the momentum going and were inspired by what Lara and Megan had achieved. Delivering the camp online has enabled the project to grow and will give the girls a different way of looking at music through coding, nature, photography, journalism, and graphic scores. I am delighted that we have a new partnership with Women in Jazz Media as this has allowed us to introduce workshops in areas we haven’t covered before. The day aims to give girls a positive experience of being creative and the opportunity to find out about different careers in the music industry.”
Musician and journalist Fiona Ross founded Women in Jazz Media to promote and celebrate women who work in jazz media, and she has gathered photographers, filmmakers, podcasters, musicians, and journalists to deliver workshops at Jazz Camp for Girls. “We are very excited to partner with Jazz Camp for Girls for the first time!” says Fiona. “Our work at Women in Jazz Media is all about encouraging and supporting a more diverse jazz community and addressing the gender imbalance and this works beautifully with the incredible work of Jazz Camp for Girls. The jazz industry needs to see more female journalists, writers, photographers etc., as well as musicians and composers to address the historic gender imbalance, so it is a perfect match for us to work together on this project.
We want to show the girls the power of storytelling and what storytelling really is and how they can use their voices to tell their own stories or the stories of others, through photography, writing or presenting a podcast and hopefully give them some confidence to do it.”
Addressing the gender imbalance in jazz, Jazz Camp for Girls was inspired by the success of a similar project created by JazzDanmark and Copenhagen Jazz Festival. The camps enable girls to flourish under the mentorship of female role models, which this year include Dr. Yui Shikakura (Conductive Music), Lara Jones (Beyond Albedo / J Frisco), Megan Roe (J Frisco), Sylvie Heath (Creative Heights), Jilly Jarman and Bryony Jarman-Pinto (BlueJam Arts), photographer Hannah Davis, multimedia specialist Ashaine White and Fiona Ross (Women in Jazz Media).
Those interested in Jazz Camp for Girls can book via the Jazz North website: https://www.jazznorth.org/jazz-camp-for-girls/