Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice

What would jazz sound like performed on a stage without bias and in a culture without patriarchy?


Text lockup for Jazz without PatriarchyThe jazz industry remains predominantly male due to a biased system that imposes a significant toll on women who try to work in it. In understanding the importance of balance and equity, the goal of Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice is to help make the future of jazz better than its past, without rendering invisible many of the art forms’ creative contributors.

The Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice will focus on equity in the jazz field and on the role that jazz can play in the larger struggle for gender justice. This focus will celebrate the contributions women have played in the development of the art form as well as frame more equitable conditions for all pursuing careers in jazz in effort to work towards a necessary and lasting cultural shift in the field.

Inclusive to All

We welcome students of all gender and sexual identities to achieve the goal of true gender diversity in jazz. The institute will work to address gender inequities at every level through recruitment, admissions, travel, auditions, interviews, and community engagement.


Aja Burrell Wood
Managing Director

Terri Lyne Carrington
Founder and Artistic Director

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