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

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

PERFORMERS DEADLINE: 16 February 2018
Apply to PERFORM or register to ATTEND at:

http://www.mfy.org.uk/ 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

SCOTTISH AWARDS FOR NEW MUSIC: Jazz Shortlist Anounced!

CELEBRATING SCOTLAND’S VIBRANT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SCENE

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 www.newmusicscotland.co.uk/awards2018

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

jazzahead! 2017 – A report by JfS chair Kim Macari

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.Read more

“Made in the UK” at XRIJF

Jazz from Scotland has just received information that applications for “Made in the UK” 2018 are now OPEN! and are delighted to share the information with all our musicians.

“Made in the UK’ is an annual showcase of British jazz at Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF), which takes place in late June each year. The series was founded by John Ellson (ESIP) & John Nugent (XRIJF) in 2008.

Any Scottish musicians / bands who would like to be considered for the 2018 series at Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival should carefully read the information about the application process, the selection criteria and the details about the costs that are covered and any financial help that may be available to help with other expenses and flights.

This is a great opportunity to consider showcasing in the USA.  Full details are in this link:  https://www.madeintheukjazz.com/made-in-the-uk-2018

NB: The closing date is September 8th

JAZZ PROMOTERS FELLOWSHIP

Help Musicians UK is proud to launch the Jazz Promoters Fellowship; a new pilot programme in partnership with internationally recognised and award-winning jazz composer, educator and record producer, Issie Barratt.

WHAT IS THE JAZZ PROMOTERS FELLOWSHIP?

Based on extensive research revealing that women are still hugely under-represented in jazz, and compelling evidence from two roundtable discussions with industry leaders in 2016, this fully-funded HMUK fellowship has been developed to create a gender balanced approach to promoting jazz artists and bands, leading to a more diverse and inclusive jazz scene in the UK. The yearlong Jazz Promoters Fellowship (July 2017 – July 2018) is supported by a host of the UK’s leading jazz promoters and festival organisers. Read more

A Day At JazzAhead!

9am: Wake up. I’ve decided to forego breakfast at the hotel because it means I can do some work in my hotel room instead and we have to man the stand from 10am until 8pm. I have a meeting set up for 11am and I’ve just realised no-one has told me where the meeting is. Furiously and fervently type things until I leave the hotel.

10.30am: Swing by our stand to say hello, drop off stuff and retrieve water. This hall dehydrates you and there’s a risk I’ll leave looking like a raisin. Found out where the meeting is – the French stand.Read more

Young Jazz Winner is David Bowden!

Double bassist David Bowden has been announced as the 2017 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year after a stand out performance at the live final in Glasgow on February 1st.

Five musicians made it through to the final at Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow; David Bowden, Stephen Henderson, Fergus McCreadie, Conor Murray and Joe Williamson. Each finalist played two pieces of their own choice showcasing their talents as improvisers and band leaders, supported by the house band of Euan Burton (bass), Doug Hough (drums) and Steve Hamilton (piano).

The event was produced by Jazz From Scotland as part of a 6 month programme of work funded by Creative Scotland.Read more