Archive: Band applications now invited for northern line 2014-15

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[closed 13.1.2014] Applications are now open for round 2 of northern line, Jazz North’s innovative scheme for supporting touring for northern jazz musicians across the north of England.

northern line – the benefits

If your band is selected for round 2 of northern line, you will receive the following benefits over the 18 month period from April 2014 to December 2015:

Promoters supporting northern line artists

Promoters supporting northern line artists

  • Subsidised performance fees. Any northern promoter will be able to book your band via the northern line booking system at a reduced rate. The promoter receives subsidy from Jazz North for each booking and you receive your full agreed performance fee from Jazz North. This encourages new or cautious promoters to present your gigs.
  • Artist Showcase: your band will participate in a live showcase event for northern promoters and other targeted attenders
  • EPK (Electronic Press Kit): we will undertake production of your own custom video showreel, an audio recording from your showcase performance, a band photo-shoot and bespoke assistance with writing copy and the content of your marketing materials.
  • Promoter liaison: you will receive dedicated support from a member of Jazz North staff responsible for northern line to help you build relationships with promoters.
  • Creative Retreat: one band member will have the opportunity to attend a creative retreat in Spring 2015.

The scheme is open to any jazz band based in the North of England that meets the northern line criteria.

northern line – the criteria

  • The majority of band members in any group must be living and working 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 and innovation, by artists committed to developing their careers
  • All applicants must have a demonstrable performance track record
  • All applicants must have a website with sufficient audio examples easily available. If there is no bespoke band website, at least the bandleader must have their own website; a Myspace site is not sufficient
  • There are no age restrictions or stylistic barriers
  • We expect the final portfolio to reflect the vibrant and diverse range of styles played by musicians across the North
  • Maximum band size is 10 musicians
  • The band must be ready to gig by April 2014
  • 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
  • You must demonstrate readiness to commit time and attention to the scheme’s activities
  • All northern line band leaders or the band’s representative will be required to attend an induction session to learn about the scheme and meet key people
  • Bands in receipt of Jazz Services Touring Support Scheme between April 2014 and 31 December 2015 will not receive northern line subsidy for bookings taking place in the North during that period
  • Successful northern line bands from round 1 are not eligible to apply, but individual musicians from those bands may form part of other ensembles wishing to apply

Method of application and deadline

To apply, please complete the northern line application form

Download the northern-line-round-2-guidance-notes Word version | RTF version

Deadline: 4:00pm, Monday 13th January 2014

If you wish to prepare your application before starting the online application form, you can download a printout of the northern line questions (Word .doc format)

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 peer groups, musicians, experienced promoters, industry professionals and Jazz North staff. From this, we hope to create a roster of between 6 and 12 bands for northern line round 2.

Selected bands will be notified by 27th February 2014.

Unfortunately we do not have capacity to offer any feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

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).

northern line: a new model for supporting touring for northern jazz musicians across the north.