Winter Jazzfest explicitly supports social and racial justice, gender equality, and immigrant rights by presenting courageous socially engaged artists who have urgent and beautiful musical messages to share. Directly addressing the sense of crisis confronting our nation, the festival stands firmly with #blacklivesmatter, #metoo, and #wehavevoice, and seeks to address discrimination, sexism, immigration injustice and other issues deeply threatening this inclusive music community and beyond.



As a fervent supporter of gender equality, NYC Winter Jazzfest is proud to join Keychange– a European music industry initiative for gender parity. NYCWJF is one of only two North American festivals pledging to participate.

Pledging our continued gender balanced programming, we hope our progress acts as a beacon to inspire other music festivals beyond our jazz community.
— Brice Rosenbloom, Winter Jazzfest Founder