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In 2019 the Melbourne International Jazz Festival launched an initiative to champion diversity in emerging jazz leadership and performance in Australia.

Following the success of the first iteration of this project, Tomorrow is My Turn, in 2020 we’re upping the ante with a new name, a bigger platform and new supporters.

Introducing, Take Note.

Program Objectives

Take Note will:

  • Provide leadership, remuneration and professional development opportunities for an early-career jazz leader
  • Showcase aspirational and relatable role models during a key development stage for young musicians – “if you can see it, you can be it”
  • Encourage increased participation in jazz by young students, particularly women, and encourage greater long-term intake rates into tertiary courses and the sector itself
  • Mainstream female creative leaders among the next generation
  • Raise awareness of the gender diversity issue in music, and its contributing factors, in order to spark new ideas to create a diverse future for jazz in Australia.

The successful candidate will receive:

  • A $5,000 cash bursary to support the development of a new work to be presented at the 2020 Melbourne International Jazz Festival
  • A career development package, comprising mentoring sessions including, but not limited to, marketing & promotion, project management, producing, and development
  • A performance at the 2020 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (29 May – 7 June), recorded in its entirety and broadcast to radio by PBS106.7FM, for which the artist will be paid a performance fee
  • Ticketing package for MIJF 2020 and networking opportunities based around Festival events
  • Regional and metropolitan touring engagements as part of the delivery of educational activities in schools for which the artist will be paid a facilitation fee.

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible for Take Note if you:

  • Identify as female*
  • Identify as an emerging jazz leader
  • Reside in Victoria (proof of address may be required)
  • Currently work as a professional musician in the Victorian jazz industry.  

MIJF recognises that female* jazz instrumentalists are significantly under-represented in the sector, these artists are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.

Please see the info pack for more information, full details of eligibility criteria and the application process.

Download the information pack here. 

* MIJF acknowledges that gender is a diverse spectrum and when referring to women and men it includes those who identify as female and male, and those who are trans, intersex and gender non-conforming.


Questions? Contact our Program Manager Holly Norman or call the MIJF office on 03 9001 1388


Take Note is supported by:

The Kestin Family Foundation

The Robert Salzer Foundation

PBS 106.7FM

Creative Victoria

It also relies on the generosity of the many individuals who support the program through private giving. Would you like to join them and help us continue to deliver Take Note? Donate below.