What inclusion means to us

The Trustees of the National Jazz Archive have agreed a diversity policy that recognises the linkage between diversity, equality and inclusion. This policy provides the guidelines for our organisation and is at the heart of our decision making.

Overarching this policy is our statement of inclusion, which is outlined below and provides the basis of our approach and how we measure success.

We are grateful to the Jazz Promotion Network and Black Lives in Music for the work they have undertaken in improving inclusion and for providing us with their inclusion statements as the inspiration for our own version. This is what inclusion means to us:


Our mission and approach

Archives play a vital role in preserving our collective cultural memory and in protecting stories of the past and present for future generations. They can help us understand identity and can help to foster a sense of belonging, visibility and validation. We believe the National Jazz Archive has an important role to play in preserving, protecting and celebrating the experiences of a fully representative community.

The mission of the National Jazz Archive is Working for the past, present and future of Jazz. In fulfilling this mission, we recognise the rich and diverse jazz family, and wish to champion and support involvement with, and engagement by a wide and representative community. As an archive, this includes the retrospective representation of an historic community.

The National Jazz Archive wishes to support and engender values that promote the virtues and importance of an inclusive community for this art form that represent the United Kingdom demographic as it is in the 21st century.  We believe that the successful embedding of these values will see impactful demographic change in all areas and at all levels in the UK Jazz community.

To be a successful part of this drive for change, we will use diversity data and accepted UK national statistics to inform ourselves of our own efforts to make change, both within the National Jazz Archive and in our work supporting the wider UK Jazz community.


Head and shoulders colour photograph of violinist Alice ZawadzkiTo help develop a more equal and diverse archive, we have collaborated with the team at Women in Jazz Media. The first stage of this project led to the introduction of works to our online collection by the music photographers Tatiana Gorilovsky and Monika S. Jakubowska.

Photograph of award-winning vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer Alice Zawadski, Copyright © Monika S.Jakubowska.


Being an advocate

The National Jazz Archive wishes to drive change in representation within its own organisation, talent showcase, archive sources and supporting initiatives.  As an organisation with a UK perspective, we wish to be an exemplar for inclusive practice and an advocate for the values of inclusion and representation in all areas and at all levels of the UK Jazz community. 

We will be an exemplar by acting as a beacon of best practice with regard to our own internal workings, processes and mechanisms.  We will support the wider UK Jazz and archive community in our efforts to become meaningfully representative by:


Continuous improvement

The benefits of diversity are numerous and should be held as crucial to the survival and thriving existence of the genre amongst the entirety of the UK Jazz society. To achieve these benefits we commit to undertake continuous improvements including

Head and shoulders colour photograph of Roger WilsonA champion for black creatives, Roger Wilson is the co-founder and currently the Director of Operations of Black Lives in Music (BLiM).

Roger has worked extensively in the commercial, Jazz and classical sector. In recent years, he has been dedicated in his support for the professional development of aspiring young Jazz musicians.

The National Jazz Archive has benefitted from Roger's help and direction in developing its approach to inclusivity and is proud to have him as one of our valued patrons.

Photograph Copyright © Black Lives in Music

Our core beliefs

We believe that it is vital to the issue of inclusivity that we lead as an exemplar and an ally.  To this effect, the National Jazz Archive commits to the following core beliefs and principled actions:


Learning through listening

We will encourage feedback and listen to the views of any from within and outside of the National Jazz Archive. For us this means recognising the need to respond to any changing needs.

Subsequently, the Trustees of the National Jazz Archive reserves the right to review this statement and our related policies, to evaluate their efficacy and change any of them when needed.


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