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.