Emma Stephenson is our 2016 JRMA recipient

Emma is one of Sydney’s finest young jazz musicians and we are thrilled to announce that she is the 2016 recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award.


Supporting young women in jazz

The JRMA helps to springboard the careers of outstanding you female jazz musicians in Australia. Please consider supporting us by making a tax-deductible donation.



About the Award

The Jann Rutherford Memorial Award was founded in 2005 to assist in the professional development of an outstanding young female Australian jazz musician. The Award is named in honour of the late jazz pianist Jann Rutherford, and is funded by private donations in partnership with Melbourne Womens International Jazz Festival (MIWJF), Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and ABC Radio National.

News and Events

2012 Mentorships

2012 Jann Rutherford Mentorship Awards announced. This award pairs talented Young Women Jazz instrumentalists with a mentor who can offer technical support, encouragement, inspiration and advice to these young aspiring jazz musicians. Congratulations to: Elizabeth...

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Captain Kirkwood receives her award

Ellen Kirkwood received her JRMA from Sandy Evans and Cathy Peters (ABC).
The band gave a standout performance of her original piece “Theseus & The Minotaur’.
Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet, Paul Cutlan – reeds, Tom Botting – bass, Alon Ilsar – drums, Glenn Doig – piano, Ketan Joshi – narration

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2012 Recipients debut concert

Sydney Improvised Music Association will present the JRMA recipient Ellen Kirkwood with her group on Saturday September 1 at the Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre. The Ellen Kirkwood Group features jazz musicians with an inspired mix of youth and experience in Ellen...

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Jann Rutherford Memorial Award is delighted to announce that although we did not make our target at the wonderful recent fundraiser we have since secured sufficient funds for next year’s activities. This turnaround is due to the magnificent generosity of individuals...

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Fundraiser on 12 July!

Since 2005 the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award (JRMA) has been helping to redress the gender imbalance in the field of Jazz performance. This has been effected by supporting outstanding young female instrumentalists and arranging mentorships for those with potential....

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