The Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation was delighted to fund the first edition of ‘Jazz North’s Jazz Camp for Girls’ in association with Jazz North. The project is a one-day jazz camp for girls aged 7-16 inspired by the Jazz Danmark / Copenhagen Jazz Festival initiative. In spring 2019, four camps took place on the same day in locations across the north of England: Trafford, Sheffield, Lancaster and Rotherham.

Led by professional musicians, achmedsavesamerica.com/category/antibiotics/ the camps are designed to give girls their first experience of improvised music and develop their confidence in their personal musicality. With an emphasis on improvisation and finding their own voice, there will be minimal use of sheet music and within these education spaces dedicated to girls, participants will create good experiences with instrumental music – together. This programme is in support of the development of jazz education for girl musicians in the north of England and benefitted up to 74 children in total.


Helena Jane Summerfield, Jazz North Project Leader

Jazz North is the Strategic Development Agency for jazz in the north of England. Founded to help address gaps identified in jazz provision and to create cohesion across a largely disparate scene, it is the only organisation of its kind in the UK. The organisation has been funded by Arts Council England (ACE) since its inception with National Portfolio Status since 2015. Jazz North is unique in its approach to supporting and nurturing jazz. With a pan-northern territory, it has an ethos and method of delivery that is rooted in artist development, cultivating partnerships and networks, and adding value to the expertise of other organisations. Read the press release here: http://www.jazznorth.org/jazz-camp-for-girls/

We were really excited to be able to deliver this game changing project which wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support from Ronnie Scott’s Charity Foundation. Working with the Foundation has been a very positive experience for us. Having the support of a charity with such a rich jazz heritage was a great boost to us and it was clear that we were working with an organisation that totally understood our aims but also understood the challenges that we face as a small organisation.  

Lesley Jackson

Executive Director, Jazz North