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:  https://www.madeintheukjazz.com/made-in-the-uk-2018

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

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

Call for Artist Submissions

With jazzahead! 2017 just a few weeks away, we’re busily gearing up to showcase and shout about the wealth of Scottish Jazz talent on offer to promoters and festivals from around the globe!

We’re keen to make sure the hundreds of promoters, broadcasters, festivals and collaborators in attendance at Europe’s largest meeting and exhibition point for the International Jazz scene are aware of what Scotland has to offer in terms of world-class Jazz.

submit your details here

Our website’s ‘Artists‘ page already hosts a large cross-section of the country’s bands and artists, however we know there’s far more out there yet to be featured!
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NOW OPEN – Applications to attend Jazzahead! 2017

NEWS! Our applications for artists to join us at JazzAhead! 2017 are now open

Jazz From Scotland are delighted to be able to offer two artists (Scottish / resident in Scotland for a minimum of 2 years) the chance to attend JazzAhead! 2017 which takes place in Bremen, Germany 26-30 April. These two artists will have their delegate fee to attend the event covered and a contribution of £150 toward travel and/or accommodation provided*

The application form is short and easy so if you’re interested and meet the criteria, do apply!
DEADLINE – Monday 10th April at 9amRead more