Hothouse will be aimed at specific areas of the music community and offers a year-round opportunity for northern jazz ensembles to develop new work over an extended period of time, presenting their “works in progress” at special events in autumn and spring in front of an invited audience of industry specialists, other programmers, mentors, festival staff and festival friends.
mjf is transforming the way in which new music is made: hothouse will especially target artists who either lack confidence or the vocabulary to articulate ideas through standard application processes. Selected artists will be given freedom to experiment and take artistic risks without fear of failure or the pressure to deliver a finished piece. They’ll receive tailored artistic, marketing, production, business and wellbeing mentorship, and some will potentially be selected to perform as part of the festival.
Steve Mead, mjf’s Artistic Director, explains: “hothouse is a brand new way of creating music. It builds on our unique commissioning scheme mjf originals: it is artist-led and targets a diverse range of artists, developing their leadership confidence and investing in them long-term. But it also extends mjf’s profile throughout the year, and will contribute towards sustainable careers for musicians in the north. I’m really looking forward to all the new music that we’ll be growing and sharing.”
Pictured: Mr Wilson’s Second Liners playing at mjf