Jazz Camp
for Girls

Young musicians at a jazz camp

Jazz North’s Jazz Camp for Girls is an unforgettable first experience for girls aged between 9 and 15 years.

Girls are given the opportunity to flourish under the mentorship of female role models, discover improvisation and playing in a band, and to develop confidence.

The camps first began in February 2019 with four one-day workshops in Rotherham, Greater Manchester, Lancaster and Huddersfield.

They were so successful that we made the camps bigger for 2020 and took them to more places across the north of England including Sage Gateshead and Penrith. The last camps in March 2020, were also due to take place in Blackpool and The Northern Jazz Centre in Doncaster. Due to Covid-19, they were delivered online by incredible musicians Lara Jones and Megan Roe – read how they pulled out all the stops to create a great day of inspiration here.

Addressing the gender imbalance in jazz, this initiative was inspired by the success of a similar project created and led by JazzDanmark, and was funded by Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and Golsoncott Foundation.

Download the Jazz Camp for Girls 2020 Evaluation Report compiled by Kirsty Rose Parker

She Wasn’t Bad for a Girl

An all-star band featuring female jazz musicians associated with Jazz North and the Jazz Camp for Girls project united to record song ‘She Wasn’t Bad for a Girl’ by saxophonist Helena Summerfield. Read how they got on here and watch the video below:

Jazz Camp for Girls goes online

Jazz Camp for Girls goes online

The last of 2020’s Jazz Camps went online due to Covid. Find out how it went.

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She Wasn’t Bad for a Girl – by Helena Summerfield

She Wasn’t Bad for a Girl – by Helena Summerfield

“As a young, female saxophonist I lost count of the number of times I was told whenever I played that ‘you’re good for a girl’ or ‘you don’t sound like a girl’.”

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Jazz North Education Conference

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