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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Music, Performing Arts, Youth Development Programs

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Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization that promotes women musicians, globally, through events, concerts, performances, clinics, lectures, workshops, articles, interviews, newsletters, courses, contacts, research, history, archives, websites, film, audio and video recording, and recognition.

Target demographics: advocate for more opportunities for women musicians to earn income and get their music programmed.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 143 women musicians get recognized around the world

Geographic areas served: Promoting women musicians, globally!

Programs: Since 2007, it has been our goal to produce the original music of female musicians. Now, we will release our first volume of 10 songs from 10 members. This first CD is mesmerizing. You will love it. You will buy one for your friends. The music is superb and deserves accollades. Thanks to steel pan player Bickley Rivera and vocalist Joan Cartwright, this CD hallmarks three years of successful recruiting of fine musicians to Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. For more information go to www.wijsf.com/JazzComp1.htm 

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10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Joan Cartwright is so inspiring to women musicians. She works tirelessly to ensure women musicians are supported and have a voice in the community. I am proud to be a member of this great organization

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a female musician this organization is a must. Joan works tirelessly on behalf of female musicians everywhere, and is an inspiration!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a saxophonist living in Sweden and California, and I am working actively for more gender equality in the music. I met Joan in Fiuggi, Italy, at a international conference Donne in Musica för women composers. Joan is extremely dedicated to the cause, and works hard to facilitate for women on different levels. But more women musicians and composers and producers have to come together, to give change a chance.

1 Maguinha

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Re-posting, and signing this as Maguinha aka Magda Machado-Garshol.

I first learnt of Women In Jazz South Florida in 2008 when I was living in the Miami area - from Joan Cartwright. I came to admire her commitment to promoting women musicians, and her tireless efforts to bring together a community and its supporters. Of course I knew how important it was, and is, to bring awareness to women who write music, as women often belittle themselves and their talents. Women's music is charged with the kind of love that embraces giving, enduring, and opening a space for the heart and its whispers. Of course, soul and spirit, with eyes closed, do not think of the gender that houses them. Poets and composers know that. But the experience of womanhood was primarily expressed and accepted by vocalists. Women very seldom ventured into composition or instrumentation. I myself preferred to sing other people's compositions and hid my music from all ears for decades: Until I had lived enough to not think about what others would think, and reached out. Joan has been a marvelous and staunch supporter of women's music and I am grateful to her for the work that she does. I am happy to be a member of Women in Jazz South Florida Inc.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first learnt of Women In Jazz South Florida in 2008 when I was living in the Miami area - from Joan Cartwright. I came to admire her commitment to promoting women musicians, and her tireless efforts to bring together a community and its supporters. Of course I knew how important it was, and is, to bring awareness to women who write music, as women often belittle themselves and their talents. Women's music is charged with the kind of love that embraces giving, enduring, and opening a space for the heart and its whispers. Of course, soul and spirit, with eyes closed, do not think of the gender that houses them. Poets and composers know that. But the experience of womanhood was primarily expressed and accepted by vocalists. Women very seldom ventured into composition or instrumentation. I myself preferred to sing other people's compositions and hid my music from all ears for decades: Until I had lived enough to not think about what others would think, and reached out. Joan has been a marvelous and staunch supporter of women's music and I am grateful to her for the work that she does. I am happy to be a member of Women in Jazz South Florida Inc.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women In Jazz South Florida, Inc. created by Joan Cartwright is an excellent organization highlighting the works of many amazing women musicians. Women In Jazz South Florida definitely far exceeds expectations!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Joan Cartwright works really hard to promote the cause of Women in Jazz. It's not an easy job, but she is determined. What's more, even with her small budget she has accomplished some important things. She's produced CDs of women artists, sends out a quarterly newsletter, sponsors concerts and interviews artists on her BlogTalk radio show. I recommend this group highly to anyone interested in supporting Women in Jazz.

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Joan C. 12/01/2015

Thank you for this great review. Note that our newsletter is published MONTHLY, not quarterly. We are so very proud of the members of our organization that now number 300, with 167 musicians, 147 whom are women musicians, and 55 men that support our mission to promote women musicians, globally!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional jazz musician, singer, composer and lyricist born in the US and currently residing in Italy. The non-profit Women in Jazz South Florida is the first oganization I have joined as the mission is to promote the unique and precious artform that is Jazz on an International level. In my professional life I have personally strived to make the music, its origins and its significance known to the public and the media. To achieve this most effectively it calls for a committed, energetic and prepared leadership such as that provided by Joan Cartwright. She has documented the history of this music and moves forward to protect this music from whims, fashion and dilettantes.

I am proud to be part of an iniative guaranteeing that Jazz will endure, as it should, as the rich tapestry of Its United States, and Black origins, offered freely to an ideally free world. As it was said many times during the tumultuous century during which it was born, [Jazz] or Rhythm saved the world! So be it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Women in Jazz, South Florida is an organization dedicated to empowering women jazz musicians. They have been very helpful in promoting my performances and the leader, Joan Cartwright is a dedicated and energetic woman in jazz, who devotes much time to promoting other women and the organization. She does everything in her power to help women get recognition in the field of jazz.

1 Joan C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In 2007, I founded this organization to promote women musicians, globally. Since then, we have recruited 135 members, 60 are musicians, 24 are men and 6 are students. We have completed many grant-funded projects with women, men, students and seniors. We have had two Board of Directors. The music of 10 fabulous female composers has been archived on our first compilation CD released in January 2011. Presently, we are promoting our Jazz For Peace fundraiser with Rick DellaRatta on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL to raise funds for a tour to Italy in June 2011, to meet with Donne in Musica, an organization that produces musical concerts and archives women's music. We hope to create a cultural exchange between Fiuggi, Italy, and Lauderhill, FL, where a new performing arts center will be completed in 2012. For more information on WIJSF, go to our website: www.wijsf.org and become a member or donate to our cause to promote women musicians, globally.

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Joan C. 04/05/2013

As of April 1, 2013, we have 212 members, 101 musicians, and 47 male supporters. We are planning the International Musicwomen Festival & Conference in October 2013 to bring 250 women musicians, composers, and others together to discuss the status of women musicians in American society and to celebrate women musicians, globally. Registration is open at http://wijsf.com/conference.htm To learn more about the conference, download the PDF files linked at the bottom right of the link above.