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Q: Can northern line bands who were featured on previous rounds apply?
A: northern line bands from previous rounds are not eligible. However individual musicians from bands in previous rounds may feature in other ensembles wishing to apply to round 5

Q: Can my band include musicians from outside of the north of England?
A: Yes, if you believe this is necessary in order for your music to be realised at the highest level. We would, however, expect the majority of band members in any group to be living and working in the north of England.

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).

Q: Can northern line musicians be in full time education?
A: Bands where all the musicians are in full time education will be ineligible.
Bands where one or more musicians are still in full time education will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If this is the case you can provide this information on the application form.

Q: Is there an age limit?
A: No.

Q: Does the band need to be playing original music?
A: No.

Q: Do I need to have a band website?
A: Yes, but if you already have a website for your professional profile as a musician then the band /project could be a sub-page on that website.

If you don’t have a website for your professional profile and as you also need an EPK, you could combine both into one webpage. You could use a free online service such as

Q: What do you mean by ‘gig ready’?
A: We expect that your band will have a full set of rehearsed material and basic publicity material for promoters: images, copy, tech specs, and a website. If you are not in this position then we cannot consider your band for northern line this time around.

Q: What is an EPK and how do I make one?
A: EPK stands for Electronic Press Kit. This is usually an online resource – one page which contains everything a promoter needs if trying to find out about your band and a resource containing the promotional material they’ll need if they choose to book you.

If you want to find out more about preparing an Electronic Press Kit (EPK), we suggest you search online and / or download this helpful EPK preparation document from The New School, NY.

Q: Can I send in my tracks as mp3 or on a CD?
A: No. We can only consider bands with online audio and cannot accept CDs or MP3 files. If you don’t have any online audio we can’t consider your application. If you need to host audio online then we would recommend using or in addition to your main website.

Q: Can I keep my audio tracks private?
A: Yes. There’s a space on the form for you to provide the password if you are providing private audio tracks.

Q: How long can my audio tracks be?
A: Be aware that the selection panel will only listen to the first 5 minutes of any track you provide regardless of the total track length

Q: What if this is a new band with no recordings or photographs?
A: We will only be considering bands with online audio. If this is a new project then you will need to provide links to some good quality rehearsal recordings.

Q: What do we mean by a ‘performance track record’?
A: We would expect you, as the bandleader, to have a minimum of three years’ professional gigging experience and that you’ve made an impact on at least your local gig circuit.

Q: How do I demonstrate a commitment to the Northern Jazz scene?
A: We would expect to see evidence that you choose to work with other northern artists and build relationships with promoters, developing your online presence and supporting the Northern jazz scene in other ways. The panel may Google you or your band to see evidence of the above – try googling yourself to see what comes up.

Q: How many gigs can I do under the northern line scheme?
A: There is a fixed budget for each round of northern line, so unfortunately this is not an open-ended offer.

A: Each band will benefit from subsidy towards 12 eligible gigs between September 2017 – December 2018.

This will be split into two booking periods:
1 September 2017 – 31 March 2018 and 1 April – 31 December 2018.

Q: What other opportunities might be available if I have a place on northern line?
A: One or two bands might be chosen by a rural touring partner for a rural touring in addition to your allocation of northern line gigs. You may use one of your northern line bookings for a gig outside of the north during your time on the scheme, which could be outside of the UK. However, remember that travel costs and accommodation are not covered by northern line. You may also be invited to participate in or contribute to some of Jazz North’s other projects.

Q: How will I know that my online application has been submitted?
A: After you’ve clicked on the ‘DONE’ button on last page to submit your application you will be redirected you to a page that tells you that your application has been submitted successfully. If you don’t see that page then your application may not have been submitted.

If you are unsure if your application has been submitted you can check with Northern Line Project Manager Lucy Woolley via email to

Q: When do I hear back about my application?
A: We will notify all applicants via email by the following dates:

Friday 17th December 2016 to confirm your application has been received
Wednesday 22nd February 2017 to notify you of the panel’s decision