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 team@jazzfromscotland.com 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 – https://www.jazzfromscotland.com/artists/submissions/

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:

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



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.

JOB POST: Jazz From Scotland Administrator

We’re looking for an administrator to join the Jazz From Scotland team as we expand and deliver a record number of projects in 2018.

The full job post is below and the deadline for applications is 6pm on Monday 29th January 2018. Applicants will be notified shortly after and a shortlist will be invited to attend an interview in early February.

CV’s and cover letters should be sent to admin@jazzfromscotland.com and if you have any questions, just drop us a line on the same email address. Please use ADMINISTRATOR JOB APPLICATION as the subject line in your email.

Location: Work from home with occasional meetings in Edinburgh or Glasgow
Hours: 12 hours per week (1.5 days) – some flexibility required
Contract Type: Freelance
Length of contract: 3 month trial period with a view to extend to 12 month total
Salary: £15 per hour

Jazz From Scotland is an organisation dedicated to supporting the vibrant jazz scene in Scotland through CPD and education programmes, international showcasing, advocacy and resource-sharing. We are looking for an administrator to join our team. Our ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. They will be able to work to deadlines, work without supervision and will be adaptable to respond to changing organisational priorities.

Duties will include –

-Arrange board meetings by scheduling appropriate times and locations
-Manage correspondence by answering emails and contacting appropriate board members when necessary
-Manage invoicing and communicate with treasurer regarding payments
-Look after website and social media profiles – post regular content and liaise with web developer regarding any technical issues
-Produce monthly newsletter
-Keep track of project evaluation and reporting by project leaders and board members
-Attend meetings and events when requested
-Assist board members and project leaders in organising and running events

Essential Skills –

-Communication skills, written and verbal
-Time management
-Record keeping and task management
-Proficiency with Microsoft Office programmes (or equivalent) and Google Drive.
-Ability to work unsupervised
-Experience managing social media profiles and website content
-A desire to work in the arts and support jazz scene in Scotland
-Trustworthy and able to work with confidential information
-Able to maintain a positive and welcoming image by acting as first line of contact for the organisation.

Preferred Skills –

-Prior administrative experience
-Copy writing/ creating content
-Knowledge of Scottish jazz scene
-Experience in working in the arts and/or arts-funded projects and organisations

NEWS: Jazz From Scotland Awarded £50,000 from Creative Scotland for 2018

Jazz From Scotland announces major funding support for a packed programme of work for the year ahead.


Jazz From Scotland has been awarded £50,000 from Creative Scotland to expand and develop their work supporting the Scottish Jazz scene throughout 2018. Following on from a 6 month pilot in 2016/17 and a second grant to ensure a Scottish presence at international jazz events, the organisation has devised a programme of work designed to support the Scottish jazz community from young musicians to established professionals.

2018 will include –


  • Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2018
  • A new mentoring scheme to support emerging ensembles transition to professional life
  • Year-round programme of CPD sessions for professional musicians
  • A two-day conference with sessions aimed at promoters, educators, professional musicians and to discuss Scotland’s place in the UK-wide and international jazz scene.
  • Presence at key international events including JazzAhead, Womex and Europe Jazz Network
  • The continuing development of our website to act as a hub for resources and networking
  • Organisational development including the appointment of an Administrator and Project Leaders to deliver stands of work.


“This support from Creative Scotland represents a key moment in the development of this organisation,” says Chair Kim Macari. “Expanding our work for 12 months allows us to make important strategic decisions as a board and deliver projects as well as looking ahead to the future. We feel that the programme of work we have planned will offer opportunities to the Scottish Jazz scene at every level; from young musicians both individually and as ensembles to established professionals interested in refining their work in specific areas and those ready to build an international reputation.”

“Developing professional relationships and finding ways to collaborate is something I’m particularly interested in. For example, at this year’s JazzAhead we will be partnering with Ken Killeen (Improvised Music Company – Dublin) and Culture Ireland to run a large joint stand, combining our resources and knowledge to make the most of attendance at the event. In this time of political uncertainty with the fallout of Brexit unknown, it feels vital that we work together as much as possible and learn from each other about how we can support and encourage this important art-form we’re all passionate about.”

News on upcoming projects will be announced on Jazz From Scotland’s website and social media platforms in the coming weeks including the call for musicians to attend JazzAhead with JfS and job adverts for Administrator and Project Leader posts.

Jerwood Foundation – Performing Arts Micro Bursaries

The Performing Arts Micro Bursaries support independent artists and producers with awards of between £250 and £1,000 and is administered by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.  They are interested in proposals for development activities in the performing arts where a clear and specific learning opportunity has been identified. This could be for the making of new work, research, travel, training or mentoring.Read more

Europe Jazz Network – A report by Jazz from Scotland

Jazz From Scotland: Europe Jazz Network Report 2017

In April during JazzAhead! Bremen, Jazz from Scotland was officially accepted as a member of the Europe Jazz Network and so recently, JFS Chair Kim Macari was delighted to attend their AGM and 4th Annual Europe Jazz Conference 2017.

What is EJN?

Europe Jazz Network is a non-profit organisation whose membership (currently > 120) is made up of producers, presenters and support organisations from 35 countries.Read more

Fabulous opportunity for NEW Jazz music


Nominations are now open!

Following on from the inaugural event in 2017, New Music Scotland are pleased to launch the 2nd annual Scottish Awards for New Music.  Created by New Music Scotland, the awards will celebrate and champion the highest standards and achievements of Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists, programmers, producers and ensembles and highlight the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland, as well as the depth and breadth of the country’s contemporary music scene.Read more