- Tim JacksonArtistic Director, Monterey Jazz Festival
- Bobbi YoungVolunteer Coordinator and Community Engagement Manager
- Dr. Dawn Rae DavisGender and Women's Studies Monterey Penninsula College
- Jan StotzerAdministrative Coordinator for Monterey Jazz Festival
- Jessica KeenerMonterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Mayor Clyde RobersonMayor of Monterey
- Paulette LynchExecutive Director Arts Council for Monterey County
- Mark StoneState Representative
Monterey Jazz Festival: Hire More Women Instrumentalists As Headliners
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The Monterey Jazz Festival is a non-profit organization which does not provide equal access to jobs for women jazz instrumentalists in headlining positions. This year at the Monterey Jazz Festival, there are 7 women instrumentalist headliners out of 57 acts, about 12%. If you include the number of side musicians, the percentage of women is much lower.
But MJF should provide a showcase where girls and women can be inspired by role modeling of women who play instruments. Not vocalists, but women who play instruments. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of The Monterey Jazz Festival. It also marks another year of inequity in the field of the hiring, promotion, and economic survival of women jazz instrumentalists. Since its inception in 1958, MJF has had a history of limiting the number of women instrumentalists in its programming, while boosting the careers of hundreds of men jazz instrumentalists. This is a huge problem which affects the economic survival of women musicians, who are ignored and marginalized. It affects women's inclusion in the programming of every other jazz venue locally, nationally and internationally.
While more women are included this year than in the past, the practice of hiring predominantly male jazz headliners has got to change now. There is no legitimate reason for such an underrepresentation of women instrumentalists in jazz today.
- Artistic Director, Monterey Jazz Festival
- Volunteer Coordinator and Community Engagement Manager
- Gender and Women's Studies Monterey Penninsula College
Dr. Dawn Rae Davis
- Administrative Coordinator for Monterey Jazz Festival
- Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Mayor of Monterey
Mayor Clyde Roberson
- Executive Director Arts Council for Monterey County
- State Representative
Monterey Jazz Festival: Hire More Women Instrumentalists as Headliners
MJF is one of the most well known in the world of jazz music festivals. It has produced some fabulous exposure for so many, but sadly mainly for men. This has garnered a reputation for inequity when in comes to representation of women jazz instrumentalists being hired as headliners.
It's 2017 and the list of potential hires of excellent women jazz bandleaders and innovators of the genre from all over North America and the world is huge now. It's an embarrassment at the very least that this festival which comes out of one of the most socially progressive regions in the world and accepts public funds is operating like it's the 1920's when it comes to gender equity in hiring. If this were an issue of race instead of gender, I don’t think there would even be a need to bring this inequity up at all.
2017 has seen an approximate rise by 12% representation of women on instruments at MJF. This petition is asking that you please make a major change in your 2018 roster and make a public statement regarding this 60 year tradition of keeping women jazz instrumentalists at bay from economic opportunity. Make it your number #1 goal for 2018 to bring UP the hiring of women headliners on instruments at least by 25% in 2018.
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