Jubilee Arts Festival
The Jubilee A Women-Run and Produced Arts Festival, comes to Port Townsend October, 2019
Artist Grace Love creates new Pacific Northwest Festival, allotting 80 percent of programming positions to women.
PORT TOWNSEND, In October of 2019 the city of Port Townsend welcomes a new weekend-long festival to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The Jubilee will feature 20 local and international artists of different mediums, including Seminars, visual arts and music . However, the mission of the festival can be found behind the scenes, where the majority of programming and management positions are reserved for women.
“Women are too often overlooked for positions of power in the entertainment industry,” said Grace Love, festival director and founder. “This festival is designed to spotlight the talents of women of all definitions and every degree of melanin, not just onstage as artists, but offstage as producers, coordinators and curators.”
Love, a popular vocalist and performer in the Pacific Northwest, desired for years to create an outlet bigger than just her musical performance, she said. Now, with a team of eleven female entertainment industry professionals and a confirmed location and date, The Jubilee is set to dismantle the issue of gender diversity in the music and arts professions.
“Women are the biggest demographic involved in the art field,” said Love. “Yet we are still trying to push through the boundaries to control the content.”
The issue of female representation onstage has been apparent, with studies such as the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative showing women appearing in less than a quarter of the top 600 songs between 2012 and 2017. However behind the artists, women in important booking and management roles are just as rare. In Billboard’s 2018 Power 100, a list of the most influential in the industry, only 28 of the 162 people named are women.
Love is excited to bring the inclusive event to the public and change those statistics.
“If you look at the Women’s March and other protests across the country, you can see that we’re not going to stay silent anymore,” she said. “I want The Jubilee to feed that fire of demanding equality.”
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