Women hold up half the sky. – Chinese proverb



National Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Day

This has been updated to: National Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Day and is celebrated on March 1st.  We set aside that time to honor the contributions that black females in the Arts and related professionals have made in the past, present and to the future of jazz and the arts. For more information and tickets for the Awards Gala are on sale here under the Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Awards tab and also at www.BWIJAwards.com.  



Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Awards Association was created to assist in meeting the unmet needs of women in jazz and the arts professionals.  We create a greater awareness by honoring the many contributions of black female artists and related professionals globally.  Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Awards Association strives to spotlight the awesome work of females in the arts, jazz vocalists, female jazz instrumentalists, composers, producers, in dance, theater, film, music, and visual arts, who may have gotten lost in the shuffle of time as well as artists who are currently in the spotlight. Through various networking events, education and training, seminars, workshops, award galas, features and interviews, concerts and more, we want to ensure that women are honored as a vital part of the past, present, and future of jazz and the arts. African Descendants include: African American, Afro-Mexican, Afro-Latino, Afro- Argentine, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-European, Afro Bolivian, Afro-Colombian, Afro-Guyanese, Afro-Peruvian, Afro-Bahamian, Afro-Barbadian, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Dominican, Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Saint Lucian, Afro-Trinidadian and Tobagonian, Afro-Vincentian Afro-Asian, Italians of African descent, Afro-Greeks, Afro-French, Afro-Germans, Black British.  Black Women In Jazz & the Arts Awards Association operates without regard to race, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender, disability, creed, religion or national origin.



BWIJA sponsors master classes and workshops by outstanding artists.  Some workshops are free but most workshops have a minimal cost. Reservations:   678.861.7370 .  See Events tab for current listings.










Kind Words Regarding the Inaugural Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Awards


Deanna Davis-Cannon Wow! Memories forever. So many thanks!

Liz Mikel What an AMAZING tribute for sisters in the Arts. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me in such a auspicious event! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Dolores DeeJazz Jackson Thank you Sha for a phenomenal night to remember!!! The evening was spectacular!! The performers, award winners and honorees were outstanding! And the venue was exquisite with a staff to match. What a night!!! You are truly a trailblazer my Aquarian sister. I'm sorry but you're stuck with me! lol And thank you James Brown for such an eloquent introduction. ~~~ I'm still flyin' ~~~

Roz Ayres-Williams He certainly created a wonder in YOU! You do magnificent work and I'm really expecting this to go on forever. You have made a huge difference in this world.

Aisha R Griffin It was an honor and privilege to meet all of you then interview and present for the prestigious Awards gala. Ms. Sha Thanking God for your obedience by fulfilling history and making an monumental vision for women, jazz and networking growth reality. Grace, Peace & Love

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