Jazz North launches a one-off open bursary to support northern jazz professionals

Posted by on Jan 18, 2021 in Artists, Blog, Jazz North News, News, Opportunity | 2 Comments
Jazz North launches a one-off open bursary to support northern jazz professionals

In response to the ongoing challenging situation for the jazz industry in the north, we are offering one-off bursaries to jazz artists, promoters, educators and other jazz professionals living and working in the north of England, of up to £500.

These funds can be spent on any aspect of your work and professional development that would help you progress through the current climate. For example, this may be creative projects, equipment purchases, marketing support, specialist consultancy or any area of work in which you can identify need.

This is a competitive scheme with limited funds available. You will need to complete an application form in which you will provide basic details and a short narrative about what you would like us to support and what difference it will make to you right now.

If you are successful, you will be asked to contribute to a short video report for Jazz North, celebrating what the fund has enabled you to do.

The bursaries are available from 15th February 2021 for project timelines that should not exceed 6 months.

There is no requirement for match funds. Please also be aware that there is only one round of this one-off scheme and it will not continue as a rolling opportunity.

 

Mandatory Conditions

  • You must be based in the north (see note)
  • You must be working in jazz
  • You must be aged 18 and above

NB: for the purpose 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)

 

Assessment Criteria

Decisions on your application will be made by the Jazz North team and board and will be assessed according to the criteria below.

We will take the following factors into account, when making decisions:

  • The extent to which you have been supported by other grant funding over the past year (e.g. Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, Jerwood, HMUK)
  • Whether you are seeking support from other funders for this activity
  • The impact it will have on your work in the short-mid term
  • Whether you are currently benefitting from any other professional development scheme

Equalities

Diversity and Inclusion are core values at Jazz North and our priority aim is for this support to reach a diverse range of applicants across the full spread of NE, NW and Yorkshire.

 

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the *form at the following link by no later than 9am on 8th February 2021: https://tinyurl.com/yycm89fy

*Example Questions Download an example copy of online form questions to help you to prepare your application.
Example-Form-Questions.pdf (PDF)

We understand that completing an application form is not suitable for every applicant. Please email us at opportunities@nulljazznorth.org if you need to submit your application in a different format.

Application Deadline: 9am 8th February

Decisions: 15th February

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General

When does the scheme close?

All applications must be submitted by 9am on Monday 8th February.

When will I hear if I am successful?

Decisions will be communicated on Monday 15th February

Will Jazz North run this scheme again?

No, we are not planning to run this scheme again. This is a competitive scheme with limited funds available.

 

Funding Conditions

What counts as the North of England?

For the purpose 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)

 What if my work in jazz is voluntary? 

Applications from semi-professional/voluntary promoters should be able to evidence that:

  • They have promoted a minimum of 12 jazz performances (live or online)
  • They pay musicians for performances
  • They have an established audience and means of communicating with them or clear plans to develop this
  • Social media presence

I am 18, can I apply?

Yes. If you are 18 years old on or before 8th February 2021, you are eligible to apply.

 

Assessment Criteria

Why are you asking about other funders?

It is important to us that opportunities should be distributed as widely and evenly as possible. Being previously or currently funded does not exclude you from receiving a bursary but we will use it to measure comparable applications. For example, in a case of two similar applications where one applicant had benefited from funding and another hadn’t, the applicant who had not recently received funds would be more likely to succeed.

How does seeking support from other funders affect my application?

We ask this question to gage your likelihood of being funded by more than one organisation for the same activity.

 Why are you asking about professional development?

For similar reasons, we want to ensure that those who have not recently received support through professional or talent development schemes are given an advantage over those who have. However, being currently or previously supported does not mean your application won’t succeed.

 

Your Application

Is there a minimum amount I can apply for?

No. You can apply for any amount up to £500.

What do you mean by short to mid-term?

Your activity timeline should not exceed 6 months.

Does the activity need to be based in my region?

No, but it does need to be based in the North. We ask both where you and your activity are based in order to understand the geographical spread of your activity.

Do I need to provide a budget?

No but we do require a brief breakdown of your costs in the application form (e.g. £100 – 2 mentoring sessions).

2 Comments

  1. Steve Bewick
    21 January, 2021

    Is it possible to view the application form prior to completion.? I may be be wasting my time completing it only to discover that it is inappropriate for me.

    Reply
  2. editor
    21 January, 2021

    Yes, good point! Uploading an example copy of the questions now. You can also get in touch with Heather Spencer heather AT jazznorth.org (replace AT and spaces with ‘@’.

    Reply

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