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 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

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:

NB: The closing date is September 8th


We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new online calendar!

The fully interactive calendar allows bands and artists to personally add their concerts for immediate inclusion in our ‘Concerts’ page and offers users the ability to search for events filtered by venue and location.

The whole process takes just a few minutes and there are simple options to create duplicate entries for residencies / gigs as part of a tour to save some time.

Can anyone post a gig?

Yes! If you are a Scottish / Scotland based musician, you can post any of your gigs at home or abroad i.e. European/World tour dates.

We also invite International musicians who have upcoming gigs in Scotland to post them too!

Fit the criteria? Follow the steps below to start adding gigs now:

  1. Select LOGIN at the top right corner of the JFS homepage to take you to YOUR ACCOUNT
  2. Create a personal user account by completing the form and selecting REGISTER
  3. Follow the instructions to verify your account via email
  4. Select POST A GIG from the sidebar
  5. Fill in your gig details and hit SUBMIT LISTING
  6. Visit the CONCERTS page to see your event immediately listed!

N.B. To EDIT a previously submitted listing at any time, select LOGIN and then GIGS MANAGER


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.


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