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

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.