Female UK jazz musicians face sexual harassment and discrimination, says report

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Trumpeter Yazz Ahmed and singer-songwriter Amahla weigh on the findings which include scepticism about women’s musical ability and pregnancy prejudice

Women in the UK jazz scene face discrimination and sexual harassment according to a new report, from requests to “sex up” their album covers to tokenism, maternal discrimination and scepticism about their musical capabilities.

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Keychanges at Cheltenham jazz festival, compiled by Dr Sarah Raine, presents findings from interviews with 10 anonymised female jazz musicians of a “notable level of success” who performed at the event in 2019.

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