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Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and Ucross Announce Partnership

Christian Wissmuller • News • June 29, 2022

Shamie Royston
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The Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and Ucross have announced a joint music fellowship intended to promote equity in the jazz field. The inaugural award will be presented this fall to Shamie Royston, an acclaimed pianist from Denver, Colorado.

Made possible through the vision and leadership of Ucross trustee Kate Schutt B.M. ’03, who studied jazz guitar at Berklee, the fellowship will be awarded once a year to a female jazz musician or composer. The awardee will receive a two-week residency at Ucross, which includes uninterrupted time to compose and create, as well as studio space, living accommodations, and meals from a professional chef in a 20,000-acre ranch in northern Wyoming. The award also includes a $2,000 stipend.

“I am incredibly proud to partner with Ucross, an organization that values artistic freedom and creativity, in presenting Shamie Royston with the inaugural fellowship,” said Terri Lyne Carrington, founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. “Shamie is incredibly talented as a composer, arranger, and pianist, with limitless creative potential. I cannot wait to see the results that will come out of her artist residency. Her dedication to her craft and exemplary work deserve the opportunity to experience the unparalleled creative freedom this fellowship will provide.”

“Ucross is honored to join forces with the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice to champion women in jazz. We look forward to welcoming Shamie Royston to our campus for uninterrupted time and space this fall,” said Ucross President William Belcher. “Also, I want to thank Kate Schutt for her dedication to Ucross and for her vision and her ability to connect these two organizations in a meaningful way for the partners and for female jazz artists.”

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