'Jazz North' win bid to become new North area jazz agency

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in News | No Comments

News release

A consortium with the working title ‘Jazz North’, led by jazz development agency Jazz Yorkshire, has been successful in their bid to set up a new North area jazz agency. Jazz North is a consortium of experienced delivery organisations and individuals which will build a new northern jazz delivery model, based on collective partnerships.

The new agency will support the existing jazz sector across the North and will lead the development of both artform and audiences across the three regions North West, Yorkshire and North East.

This new North area model has been commissioned by Arts Council England via an open application process, and will be supported with strategic funding from October 2012 to March 2015. This will ensure that up to £475,000 is invested in jazz development across the North over the next 3 years.

The agency will replace Arts Council England’s previous support for the three northern jazz agencies – Jazz Yorkshire, NWJazzworks and JazzAction – whose funding will cease in September 2012.

The founder members of the consortium are Jazz Yorkshire – lead partner, along with representatives from Manchester Jazz Festival, Creative Arts Promotion (J-Night, Hull Jazz Festival, National Rural Touring Forum) and Live Music Now. The consortium will be working with the Arts Council over the next six months to agree a programme of activity which will start in October 2012.

Nigel Slee of Jazz Yorkshire says
“The consortium offers a new way of working collaboratively with organisations and individuals who share our vision to increase the profile of contemporary jazz artists in the North. The voice of the Northern jazz musician and their creative practice will be at the heart of every project we undertake”.

The initial consortium group is represented by:
Nigel Slee, Development Manager, Jazz Yorkshire (lead organisation)
Steve Mead, Artistic Director, Manchester Jazz Festival and Director, NWJazzworks
David Porter, Director of Creative Arts Promotion, housing offices of J-Night, Hull Jazz Festival and National Rural Touring Forum
Sarah Derbyshire MBE, Executive Director Live Music Now, Chair of North Yorkshire Youth Music Action Zone and Pied Piper Projects
Louise Gibbs, jazz artist, composer, educator

Arts Council England

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