CALL FOR ENTRIES: Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2018

We are now accepting entries for this year’s Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition! We are delighted to be partnering with Jazz at the Blue Lamp in Aberdeen for the semi-final on May 13th, and Glasgow International Jazz Festival for the final at Drygate on June 20th 2018

Criteria for entry is as follows:

  • Musicians must be aged 25 or under on 20th June 2018
  • Musicians must be Scottish by birth or have been residential in Scotland for a min 2 years with a residential address
  • Previous winners are not eligible for re-entry but previous finalists and semi-finalists are welcome to apply again.
  • Musicians must be available for participation in the semi-final and final

To register your interest, email us at with the following info –

Subject: YSJM Note of Interest

Info to include: Name, age, instrument, location

and also then read the guidelines for application here and complete the online application form. Include / upload your sound recordings for the blind audition preliminary round to allow us to select the semi-finalists (max 10).

OPPORTUNITY: PRSF New Music Biennial 2019 call for proposals now open


PRSF’s New Music Biennial programme is accepting applications until 5 April 2018.  The programme has been supported by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, the Richard Thomas Foundation and NMC Recordings.


  • The programme will showcase up to 20 pieces of new music of no longer than 15 minutes’ duration.
  • Music could be brand new commissions (grants up to £20,000), or pre-existing, recently-written works by living UK-based composers (grants up to £10,000).
  • New music across all genres can be presented.
  • Projects should contain distinctive and exceptional music and fit with the programme’s vision to celebrate the breadth and talent of those making new music in the UK, reaching audiences through imaginative programming.
  • Applications should come from organisations, but composers can team up with organisations to work on commissioning or re-presentation projects.
  • New works can be performed in a range of settings.
  • Projects should aim to reach new audiences for contemporary music.
  • The New Music Biennial supports and provides a platform for talented organisations and music creators who are pushing the boundaries of new music in the UK.
  • The 20 works will receive public performances at two festival weekends: London’s Southbank Centre (5-7 July 2019) and Hull (12-14 July 2019).  Applicants are encouraged to plan performances in other parts of the UK where possible.  The New Music Biennial will also be broadcast across BBC Radio 3.

Full information can be found at

NEWS: Martin Kershaw wins the Ginkhana Award for Innovation in new Jazz Music in association with Jazz from Scotland

The Scottish Awards for New Music 2018 took place on Wednesday 7th March and it was a fantastic evening celebrating contemporary music and its developments in Scotland in the year 2017-2018.

Jazz from Scotland announced earlier in the year that we were supporting the Award for Innovation in new Jazz Music, sponsored by Scottish gin company Ginkhana and presented by Jazz from Scotland Board Member Brodie Jarvie. The shortlisted nominees included Tommy Smith for The Spirit of Light and Chris Greive for Stemzells, but it was Martin Kershaw who took home the award for Playtime, which is a project centred around the performance and promotion of new jazz music.

We offer congratulations to Martin, and thanks to New Music Scotland – we were pleased to be associated with this award!

More information on Playtime, this award, and its nominees can be found here:

The full list of nominees and winners in every category can be found here:

Pictured (left to right): JfS Board Member Brodie Jarvie, Ginkhana representative Lesley Hogg, winner Martin Kershaw (with award designed by Daisy Chetwin), Ginkhana representative Kirsty Hogg.

Opportunity: WOMEX 18 Call for Proposals


WOMEX is heading to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, from 24 to 28 October 2018 and they’re calling all artists, industry experts and visionaries to submit their proposals.

“Our Call for Proposals deadline is fast approaching – Friday, 16 March 2018! To be a part of the programme for WOMEX 18, submit your proposals by midnight via our application portal.

From innovation to tradition, acoustic to electronic, inclusive of all sectors and expertise, we welcome and encourage proposals representing the entire world music scene, independent of gender identity, region or background. “

InJazz 2018, Rotterdam Jazz Opportunity

Showcase your talent in Rotterdam June 28/29th: CLOSING DATE 25TH FEBRUARY Attention ALL jazz musicians and composers! The application for inJazz 2018 is now open!
Apply to be considered for an official performance in the leading Dutch jazz network event of the year, an initiative of Buma. We offer you the chance to showcase your talent for an international network consisting of programmers, record labels, managers, bookers, journalists and other significant persons in the jazz scene. Read more

Opportunity: Awards for Young Musicians.

Awards for Young Musicians are now accepting applications for their 2018 Award programme. Full details can be found on their Award Programme page. NB. Applications must be received by Friday 9 March 2018. 

AYM believe that all talented young people aged 5 – 17yrs, deserve the chance to progress in their music. That’s why they are awarding up to £100,000 in grants to exceptional young instrumentalists in need of support.Read more

Jazz from Scotland and Music from Ireland Combine Forces for joint Jazzahead! presence 2018


Jazzahead! is one of the most important international professional markets for jazz and improvised music and will take place in Bremen, Germany from 18-22nd April 2018.

Jazz from Scotland, with support from Creative Scotland, will collaborate with Improvised Music Company and create a joint ‘Jazz From Scotland and Ireland’ stand at this important trade event in April.Read more

NEWS: Be Seen and Heard at Jazzahead! 2018 with Jazz from Scotland & Ireland


Jazzahead! is an annual trade show held each April in Bremen, Germany. It is one of the largest international gatherings for the jazz sector and features 4 exhibiting days, an education symposium and a number of showcases.

Some facts and figures: 2017 was the 12th Jazzahead! and the numbers have grown significantly from 2016; 1, 356 exhibiting companies & organisations, 3,169 professional delegates. The showcase performances are open to the public and in total, 17,600 people attend throughout the weekend.

As part of Jazz from Scotland’s commitment to supporting the jazz sector both at home and abroad, we are pleased to announce that this year we can offer musicians two ways to be part of the event –

  • Jazzahead! Bursaries (four bursaries available for musicians to attend the event)
  • Digital Showcase including audio and video playlists

Bursaries: The four artists selected will join us for a full day of the conference and use the stand as a base. A briefing session will take place before the event to ensure all artists are able to make the most of the experience with advice on how to approach delegates, tips and tricks, logistical information etc.


  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over and have been working professionally for a minimum of 3 years
  • Applicants must have been resident in Scotland for a minimum 2 years at time of application
  • Applicants must have a project, which is ‘gig-ready’ – this means having an EPK, recorded music and/or video footage as well as press quotes if possible.
  • All artists must be available for a briefing session before the event at Scottish Music Centre, Glasgow
  • Must be available between 18th – 22nd April 2018 and have a valid passport.

The selected artists will receive a delegate pass for the event and up to £150 toward travel and accommodation costs. (To be reimbursed after the event.) The artists will attend one full day of the event in pairs.

To apply: Use our submission form to add video, audio & bio. Then email with the following information –

  • What you hope to get from a visit to Jazzahead (max 250 words)
  • At least three organisations or individuals you intend to meet with at the event

The deadline for applications is 5pm on March 2nd 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by March 7th 2018.

Digital Showcase:

Artists and ensembles are invited to upload a track/video to be included as part of our digital showcase of Scottish and Irish jazz. The playlist will be shared throughout Jazzahead and made available to download by festival directors and broadcasters.

To add your track, video, bio and photograph via our submission form –

EXCHANGE 2018: Performing opportunity and more

CALLING ALL YOUNG MUSICIANS: BE SEEN / BE HEARD / BE INSPIRED Date: Friday 16 & Saturday 17 March 2018
Venue: SWG3, Glasgow

Apply to PERFORM or register to ATTEND at: events/exchange/

Young Scotland based musicians of all genres are urged to apply now to perform at Exchange 2018, which returns to SWG3, Glasgow this March – giving young people up to 21 years old, the chance  to perform and gain a unique insight into how to get ahead in music and the music industry.

Sir James MacMillan is a world-renowned composer and conductor and arguably the pre-eminent composer of his generation in the UK. Hear him in conversation with Ian Smith, Chair of the European Music Council about how he got to where he is today and his top tips for the next generation of aspiring musicians.  Hosted by BBC Radio Scotland presenter Vic Galloway EXCHANGE is the unmissable event for anyone passionate about music.

BE SEEN: The best in the music industry share their thoughts on how to get yourself out there, make connections, and build your networks.

BE HEARD: Perform live and receive feedback from professional musicians and industry experts: Carol Main, Jim Sutherland and Carol Laula

BE INSPIRED: Hear from those that work and perform in the music industry about how they got into their jobs and the skills required: Louise Quinn, Halina Rifai, Jennifer Martin, Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood), Garry Boyle and more….

EXCHANGE provides a unique festival feel combining live performances with insights into all aspects of the music business from stagecraft to marketing and blogging!  This event is for young musicians or anyone interested to find out more about jobs available in the music industry.

EXCHANGE is supported by Creative Scotland



We are delighted to announce that New Music Scotland has announced their shortlist of nominees for the 2018 Scottish Awards. The panel, comprised esteemed members of the music world and deliberated over 200 nominations across 11 categories.  As well as the overall strength and wide variety of the submissions, the panel praised the continually high standard of music making and innovative approaches taken by composers, ensembles, organisations and artists. Panellist David Pickard, Director of the BBC Proms, commented,

I was very impressed by the range of contemporary music that is happening here in Scotland.  The Awards were really hard to judge – there was such a fantastic set of entries and a huge range of music.

Jazz from Scotland is pleased to be associated with the “Award for Innovation in new Jazz Music” and the three shortlisted nominees are

Tommy Smith – The Spirit of Light

Chris Greive – Stemzells

Martin Kershaw – Playtime

We offer congratulations to all three nominees and wish them good luck.  Winners will be announced at a special New music Scotland Awards evening on Wed 7th March at 8pm in the Drygate Brewery, Glasgow, hosted by music writer and broadcaster Kate Molleson.

The full list of categories and short listed nominees can be found at New Music Scotland’s website

Anyone wishing Tickets for the Awards evening should go to the NMS website. Cost is £25 per ticket including a welcome drink and food.