First NSJO residensy was from 1st to 10th of December 2015, in Tivat-Montenegro. 13 female professional musicians, from 3 different countries, took part in 10 days educational sessions and two concerts. Educational team prepared workshops, lectures on improvisation, harmony, jazz theory, ensamble practice, big band instrumentation, stylistic playing, writing and playing together.
The New Spark Jazz Orchestra- Balkan Women in Jazz is an innovative artistic programme which aims to facilitate access to gender equal professional opportunities and to strengthen and increase the number of women musicians and composers on the Regional Jazz Music Scene. United partners in the project from Serbia- NGO ARTRUST, Macedonia- Goce Dolcev University, Montenegro- Tivat Music School, as well as experts from France and Italy, are forming a strong sustainable platform for cross-sectorial international networking, in the field of music production, education, and promotion, opening new career and job potentialities for independent artists.