cfp: Jazz Research Journal

Call for Papers: Issues of Diversity and Inclusion in Jazz Festivals

A Special Issue of the Jazz Research Journal

Guest Editors: Emily Jones (Cheltenham Jazz Festival) and Sarah Raine (Birmingham City University, UK)

With campaigns such as Keychange (PRS Foundation, UK) bringing issues of diversity and inclusion to the fore in the music industry, professionals and researchers alike are increasingly aware of a lack of diversity in relation to jazz audiences, artists and festival staff. However, the efforts to tackle these issues lack a strong foundation of research, from either industry bodies or scholarship. Emerging out of an industry partnership project, this special issue therefore aims to provide a space for current research that engages with issues of diversity and inclusion in jazz festivals. We particularly encourage submissions that take an intersectional approach, emerge out of collaborative projects between institutions and industry, or go beyond the geographies and narratives that have come to dominate definitions of jazz.

We are particularly interested in papers that address issues of diversity and inclusion in relation to the following ‘protected characteristics’ (Equality Act 2010):

●      Socio-economic status

●      Ethnicity

●      Gender and sexuality (particularly beyond the binary)

●      Age

●      Disability

These studies could consider one or more of the following in relation to jazz festivals:

●     Festival teams

●     Audiences

●     Artists

●     Engagement with the wider industry – e.g. how festival programmers are engaging with agents, record labels, media and educational institutions in relation to issues of diversity

 Articles should not exceed 7,500 words and must comply with the general guidelines for submissions. Please submit your abstract (no more than 300 words) and a short bio (100 words) to by Friday 1st November 2019. The publication schedule for this issue is as follows:

Response to abstracts: 6th December 2019

Draft submissions: 30th June 2020

Peer Review comments: October 2020

Final Submission: January 2021

Publication: Vol 14 No. 1 (2021)