SESSION: Gender equality in jazz
Convener(s): Rosie Hanley
Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:
Why are there so few prominent female jazz musicians? …
Are there less women in jazz?
Female instrumentalists small minority – due to education/stereotypes/family & social responsibilities?
Image – more or less important as a woman?
There is some resistance from men in jazz –
Positive discrimination a good thing or bad? Eg All girl big bands? Should a musician be booked on merit or on gender?
Jazz history and tradition male dominated – is this just filtering through?
Whose responsibility is it to change the inequality….musicians of prominence/ promoters/ those in power/ teachers
Are there enough female role models?
Does a venue need public funding to ensure diversity….why can’t they ensure diversity without the funding?
But venues need to be successful
There are some people talking about gender in jazz – but why aren’t more…is it a difficult subject to discuss…?
Should we include discussions about race, sexuality, age in discussions about gender?