Jazz North Introduces invites applications for 2018-19

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Jazz North Introduces invites applications for 2018-19

[APPLICATIONS ENDED] We’re now inviting applications from young musicians over the age of 16 and under 25 to apply for one of the two places on round 6 of Jazz North Introduces. Jazz North Introduces is an innovative scheme that provides young artists with their first high-profile showcase performances at jazz festivals across the North of England plus mentoring with leading UK jazz artists.

Benefits for selected artists

  • the unique opportunity to play at 5 northern jazz festivals
  • the gigs will be paid and expenses will be covered
  • photo shoot and video showreel for the band
  • help with producing EPK (Electronic Press Kit)
  • mentoring from leading UK jazz artists

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 23rd May 2018

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM: https://goo.gl/forms/ZtoZi0AZcU8tdXEC2

We recommend that you read below before starting your application.


  • maximum band size is 5 musicians
  • eligible age range is over 16 to under 25 (age at 1 July 2018)
  • musicians can be in full time education
  • 75% of band members in any group must be currently living or studying in the north of England (please see the geographical definition below)
  • in making our selection of successful applicants, we will prioritise musical excellence, in terms of musicianship, creativity, innovation and potential.
  • there are no stylistic barriers
  • the band must be ready to gig by July 2018 and you must be able to provide a recording of the band with the same line-up as on the application form
  • you must demonstrate readiness to commit time and attention to the scheme’s activities
  • the successful bands will be required to complete a simple evaluation exercise with the project coordinator

Application form requirements

To make an application you’ll need to make sure you have the following information and items available.

  • Band details – names, ages, instruments and northern address (town/city) for all band members
  • 3 contrasting media track examples of your band uploaded to Soundcloud, Bandcamp and/or Youtube, Vimeo if video.
  • A photograph of the band. You’ll be asked to upload a copy of the photograph in the application form and this will require having a Google ID.
  • Every band needs a nominated leader who’ll be the contact with Jazz North. The person making the application doesn’t need to be the leader.
  • You’ll need to either write about your band (250 words max) or provide a link to your band video.

Tips for your application

  • Make sure your audio tracks show what your band can do. For example make sure that the tracks you choose show a variety of tempo and moods
  • If you mention ‘musical genres’ and influential artists in your application, make sure those genres and influences can be heard in your music
  • try to be concise with your answers

Making a video

This year we have added the option of submitting a 2 minute video where you can talk about your band and your music rather than answering the written narrative question on the application form. The video can take whatever form you like so long as all the band members are involved and you’re talking about the band and your music. Video from a smartphone is fine. You’ll need to upload to Youtube or Vimeo as a private / hidden video and provide the link when asked on the application form.

Festival partners

If you apply you’ll have the benefit of knowing that your music will be listened to by jazz festival promoters from across the region. Previous festival partners: Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Hull Jazz Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Liverpool International Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf), Marsden Jazz Festival, Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, Scarborough Jazz Festival, Southport Melodic Jazz.

Enquiries from new festival partners welcome!

How Jazz North will select successful applicants

Jazz North will shortlist the applications according to the assessment criteria. This shortlist will then be assessed in more detail by an advisory panel consisting of experienced musicians, festival directors, educators and Jazz North staff. All shortlisted bands can receive feedback about their application.

Jazz North is committed to representing the diversity of musicians living and working in the North.

About the Scheme

This initiative builds on the mjf introduces scheme to showcase the very best new jazz talent from across the north. Previous Jazz North Introduces artists: The Stretch Trio (2013), The Jam Experiment (2014), Artephis (2015), Wandering Monster (2016), Andchuck & JFrisco (2017). The Stretch Trio have since been awarded the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. Artephis and Wandering Monster have both been featured on BBC Radio (Jazz on 3, Jazz Now and Jamie Cullum).


Previous Jazz North Introduces artists:
The Stretch Trio (2013)
The Jam Experiment (2014)
Artephis (2015)
Wandering Monster (2016)
Andchuck & JFrisco (2017)

The North: Geographical Definition

For the purposes of this scheme, ‘the north’ refers to the following counties: Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear, Yorkshire, Humber (North and North East Lincolnshire).