SOFIA – Support Of Female Improvising Artists

SOFIA (Support OFemale Improvising Artists) is an international program to support female jazz musicians in the field of musical improvisation and self-management. It’s inspired by an American mentoring program called Sisters in Jazz, which was created for the advanced training of female jazz musicians. SOFIA has one additional component: It helps young female musicians sharpen their profile and supports networking as well as self-marketing. SOFIA reacts to the specific challenges which young improvising artists must meet these days and sees itself as a part of a newly awakened trend to improve promotion of young musicians (e.g. Take Five Europe). Due to its independent focus SOFIA is a pioneer project, which aims to have an impact in an international context.