Commission Brief for freelance individual or organisation

Jazz North wishes to commission an individual or organisation to research into the potential of presenting jazz artists to larger and broader audiences.

Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf) and Hull Jazz Festival (HJF) have experienced success in achieving large and diverse audiences at festival events. HJF achieved 6,500 as part of Freedom Festival for their E20 stage, featuring northern and national jazz artists, while mjf regularly attracts 37,000 at outdoor city-centre events.

The North is home to many exciting and popular outdoor music festivals and events. Is there the potential for Jazz to feature as part of this offer, thus introducing artists to wider audiences of music lovers?

Jazz North wants to explore these and similar models of introducing new audiences to jazz, with a view to instigating a new programme of audience development starting in 2013-14.

This piece of work will uncover proven examples of how jazz can be presented in different settings, including major and general music/arts festivals, to larger audiences than clubs or theatres can offer.


  1. To conduct telephone and face-to-face research into the current provision of outdoor / unconventional settings for jazz and music across the North and beyond, by speaking to festival organisers and musicians.
  2. To ascertain the potential of developing this provision further to other music festivals.
  3. To produce a 3,000 word summary report with recommendations for how Jazz North can develop this strand of audience development in 2013-15 and identify possible delivery partners and models.
  4. To meet with Jazz North consortium members to present your report and discuss your development recommendations.

Fee for this initial piece of work: £2,000 (inclusive of VAT if applicable)


  • March 23 12 noon: Application deadline
  • March 28 Telephone interviews
  • May 31 Report delivery including recommendations

To apply:

Individuals or organisations interested in tendering should submit an expression of interest in the form of a resume of past work with examples where possible of previous documents / reports / publications. They should also prepare a short concept document identifying how they would approach the work and their reasons for wanting to undertake this piece of work for Jazz North.

This document should be sent electronically by uploading below no later than 23 March 2013 and will form the preliminary stage of the selection process.

The second stage of selection will involve a telephone or face to face meeting with representatives of the Jazz North at a mutually convenient date to be decided.

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