The first 19 years of the 21st century have been power-packed and most interesting. In 1997, I began to research women musicians and developed the Jazzwomen Directory. By 2007, I incorporated Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. to promote women musicians, globally.
In 2006, I published my first book In Pursuit of A Melody and, by 2019, I published my 14th book Blues Women: The First Civil Rights Workers. Other books I published were Amazing Musicwomen cataloging 40 professional women musicians and vocalists, and So, You Want To Be A Singer? that instructs young people about the business of music.
In 2017, I graduated with my Doctor of Business Administration degree from Northcentral University, where I published my dissertation, Women in Jazz: Music Publishing and Marketing.
This qualitative case study explored women jazz musicians and earning as music publishers. It examined business practices of 20 women in jazz in the U.S., between 30 and 64, who compose and publish jazz music. Variables were education, the number of songs composed, incorporation, affiliation with royalty organizations, and how they used marketing, branding, promotion, and advertisement. Participants discussed financial challenges resulting from gender and age discrimination. The focus was on business tactics for operations and marketing that affected the professional careers of women jazz musicians. Best business practices were explored for women musicians in jazz and guidelines for young women entering the industry. Suggestions were made for how private corporations and governments could be more inclusive of women’s music through programming and grant-making, and recommendations for future research and policy for equitable treatment of women musicians, particularly in media and film.
From 2014 to 2018, we published four Catalogs of Women in Arts & Business that culminated in Musicwoman Magazine, launched in June 2019.
Today, I am compiling the articles and advertisement for the second issue of Musicwoman Magazine, and developing the plan for WIJSF and my publishing company FYI Communications, Inc. for 2020.