‘Jazz North Introduces 2019’ seeks emerging new artist to showcase across the north

Applications are now open for the new round of our emerging artist scheme, Jazz North Introduces. Created to support artists in the first steps of their professional career, the scheme gives one exciting new ensemble their debut on the touring circuit. Alongside career development from Jazz North and mentoring from an established artist, the selected artist will benefit from paid showcase performance opportunities at jazz festivals across the north.

Jazz North will partner with six northern festival promoters to co-promote one performance at each festival over an 18-month period. These performances create showcase opportunities for the selected band and give the festivals the chance to programme the best emerging talent from the north of England.

“Marsden Jazz Festival is proud to have supported Jazz North Introduces since 2014 and showcased an incredible range of young rising stars on our headline stages every year. It is such a pleasure to watch the bands we have helped select rise to the occasion of a high-profile gig at our festival and then watch them going from strength to strength in the following years.” Barney Stevenson – Marsden Jazz Festival

Artists applying to the scheme must be in the early stages of their professional career and emerging onto the jazz scene. They will not have had significant recognition, performing, touring or festival exposure. For example, bands who apply to Jazz North Introduces may not have yet performed outside of their locale, may not have performed at a festival, or may not have completed their education or training.

Artists must also meet the following criteria –

  • The majority of musicians including the band leader (minimum of 65%) must be committed to living and performing in the north for the duration of the scheme’s activity
  • The ensemble is committed to developing the project and will make time available for the scheme’s activities
  • This would be the first major award for all members of the ensemble, with no previous professional experience

Application information



Previous artists

Jazz North Introduces 2018-19

Slow Loris
Jazz North Introduces 2018-19

J Frisco
Jazz North Introduces 2017-18

Jazz North Introduces 2017-18

Wandering Monster
Jazz North Introduces 2015-16

Jazz North Introduces 2014-15

The Jam Experiment
Jazz North Introduces 2014-15

The Stretch Trio
Jazz North Introduces 2013-14

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