The mentorship initiative pairs each talented young jazz instrumentalist with a mentor who will offer support, encouragement, inspiration and advice based on their knowledge, life and experience relative to being a jazz musician. It is hoped that the mentoring relationship will enable the award recipients to gain skills and confidence relevant to their enjoyment of jazz playing, and potentially facilitate their further exploration of new directions and possibilities in the field of jazz. Each recipient will receive 4 sessions with their mentor.

CATHERINE FISHER: Vocals: Mentor Jane Irving

EMILY CARTER: Drums : Mentor Ali Foster

JULIA REIDY:Guitar: Mentor Jess Green

Two additional mentorships have generously been offered in 2011 by Sirens Big Band.


SARAH EVANS: Double bass