Progressions (formerly Young Women in Jazz)

A WAYJO Pathways Program for genders on the outskirts of Jazz

New name, same great program! After feedback from our members, consultation with gender diverse individuals and much consideration, we have refreshed the name of our much loved and long running Pathways Program ‘Young Women in Jazz’.


This new name reflects the inclusive values of WAYJO as an organisation and expands access to those genders often on the outskirts of jazz and caters for female and non-binary identifying instrumentalists who would like to learn more about jazz and improvised music, perform live at a professional Jazz Club, and work with some of Australia’s leading female jazz professionals – this is the program for you!

With workshops at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), guest artists, alumnae tutors, and the opportunity to perform live in concert, PROGRESSIONS is a great opportunity to explore this exciting art form.

Run in Perth since 2014, these workshops have seen young female and non-binary musicians build support networks, refine their skills and increase confidence.

DEVELOP the skills and confidence of young female and non-binary musicians in jazz and improvised instrumental music.
BROADEN knowledge of jazz and improvised music.
INCREASE awareness of career options in jazz and related areas.
ENCOURAGE students to understand audition processes and apply for tertiary jazz courses.
NURTURE and foster friendships, ensembles and support networks among female jazz musicians.


Registrations for Progressions 2023 have now closed – sign up for our monthly e-news to be the first to hear about 2024 registrations.

Registrations for 2023 Progressions opened 9:00am Wednesday 1 February 2023 and closed 5.00pm Sunday 16 April 2023. Places were limited to 50 participants.

Registrations for the 8-week workshop are $300, or $200 for those who auditioned for WAYJO 2023 (in Nov-Dec 2022).
2023 WAYJO band membership fee allows for free participation by current female band members who register.

For more information about the workshops, please contact Program Coordinator Gemma Farrell
For questions about registrations and payments, please email

All workshops run Saturdays, 2:00pm to 4:30pm at WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Edith Cowan University – 2 Bradford St, Mt Lawley;

May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 10, 17, 24
July 1

(please note: no rehearsal June 3 – long weekend)

6pm – 8pm, Sunday 2 July
Lyric’s Underground

WAYJO sincerely thank the following organisations for supporting Progressions 

Progressions is part of WAYJO’s Pathways Education Program, supported by Healthway promoting the Act Belong Commit message.