Jazz from Scotland are delighted to announce the five finalists of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year semi-final held this weekend in Aberdeen at the Blue Lamp.

All 9 semi-final musicians chose wonderful programmes to play as they battled it out for a place in the YSJM final.   Saxophone, guitar, bass, vocals and piano were all represented giving the audience a marvellous and varied afternoon of jazz but ultimately there had to be a decision made and congratulations go to our 5 finalists:

Matthew Carmichael – saxophone
Luca Manning – Vocals
Fergus McCreadie – piano
Conor Murray – bass
Joe Williamson – guitar

You can hear the final during Glasgow Jazz Festival on Wed 20th June in the Drygate, Glasgow at 7.30pm. Tickets are available now via this link

OPPORTUNITY: Cove Park Early Career Residencies

Cove Park, with the support of The Fenton Arts Trust, are offering four residencies to early career artists specialising in visual arts, literature, crafts/design, and music/composition from September 2018. These will run in parallel from Monday 10 September – Sunday 30 September 2018.

From the guidelines on their website:

Early Career Residency Programme
Cove Park’s residency programme provides the time and support for artists to focus
exclusively upon their own practice. The emphasis is upon research, experimentation and
the development of new work. The participating artists will be part of a changing group of
national and international residents specialising in a wide variety of art forms. All of the
artists are invited to take part in a series of informal studio presentations, talks,
screenings and dinners organised by Cove Park throughout the summer programme.
Artists may also have the opportunity to contribute to ‘Hands-On Cove Park’ a new
creative learning programme of public events and activities.”

The deadline for applications is Friday 1st June 2018.

For further information please contact:
Alexia Holt, Associate Director – 01436 850500

Semifinalists – YSJM 2018

As the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2018 approaches this weekend, we would like to announce and congratulate our semifinalists! Picked by judges from across the UK and Ireland in a blind listening audition process, they are:

Luca Manning – Vocalist
Joe Williamson – Guitarist
Fergus McCreadie – Pianist
Matt Carmichael – Saxophonist
Marianne L McGregor – Vocalist
Conor Murray – Bassist
Mark Hendry Music – Bassist
Micheal Murray – Saxophonist
Nadya Albertsson – Vocalist

There is still time to get tickets online for the semifinal at the Blue Lamp in Aberdeen at 2:30pm on Sunday 13th May, or they are available on the door. Don’t miss this chance to hear the best in young jazz talent in Scotland!

YSJM 2018 – The Final

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available for the concert final of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, 2018  that will to be held during the Glasgow International Jazz Festival.

Enjoy a fabulous evening of great jazz at Drygate in Glasgow as the best in young jazz talent in Scotland compete for the title of Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, which will stand them in good stead to establish a career in professional jazz.

Supported by a great house band there will be a wide range of styles and instruments showcased – do come and support these young players.

The competition is organised by Jazz from Scotland in partnership with Glasgow International Jazz Festival and with the support of Creative Scotland.

Location: The Drygate, Glasgow G4 0UT
Time: 7:30pm

Tickets available from:

YSJM 2018 – The Semi-final

Concert tickets are now available to buy for the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2018The Semi-final!

Enjoy a fabulous afternoon of great jazz at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen as some of Scotland’s top young jazz musicians battle it out to secure themselves a place in the final of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2018 to be held in June during Glasgow International Jazz Festival.

Supported by a great house band there will be a wide range of styles and instruments showcased so do come and support these young players.

Location: The Blue Lamp
Time: 2:30pm

Tickets available from:


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