Berklee to Launch Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice

Jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington will lead the new program

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Terri Lyne Carrington (photo by Tracy Love)

The Berklee College of Music will launch the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice at the end of this month (October 2018).

The institute, founded by jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, who will also serve as its artistic director, aims to focus on gender equity in jazz.

“I am proud to serve as the founder and artistic director for the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice,” Carrington said in a press release. “Now more than ever, jazz musicians, educators, presenters, and practitioners must turn their attention to inclusivity in the creative and performance processes to incorporate more women and gender non-binary artists and professionals for the further development of the art form.

“This institute,” she continued, “will address injustices in jazz through research projects and performance-based programs that will allow students of all gender identities to collaborate, learn, and grow as artists within the Berklee community and beyond.”

The institute will be inaugurated on Tuesday, Oct. 30, with an open house, featuring an address by visiting scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin, a roundtable discussion, and a film screening at David Friend Recital Hall.

The open house will conclude with a reception at Café 939, featuring a performance by Carrington and guest artists.

For more information about the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, visit its webpage.

Read Jennifer Odell’s JazzTimes feature on jazz and #MeToo.

Read Bob Blumenthal’s 2011 JazzTimes feature on Terri Lyne Carrington.