Jazz South is a brand new 3-year initiative to help support the development of jazz musicians, promoters and educational opportunities across a region (outside of London) that embraces all of South East and South West England – from Kent to Cornwall to Oxfordshire.
Areas covered by Jazz South can be found here.
Led and hosted by Turner Sims, Southampton, who planned and raised a major funding award from Arts Council England to underpin the project, Jazz South is a programme that will provide a range of new opportunities in the region including touring, commissions, masterclasses, residentials and networking events.
A website and social media pages are being developed which will carry information about Jazz South activities and opportunities. This is just a holding page while the new website is being designed and built and the full Jazz South programme is being finalised.
An audit of those active in the jazz scene across the region – of musicians, promoters, educators etc etc –is already well underway, in order to give Jazz South the first ever comprehensive picture of who’s doing what, and where, including essential contact details for future communications. If you have not been in contact or are in doubt if you are part of that audit, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazz South has also appointed Tamsin Mendelsohn as the long-term Manager for the programme, who will take up post in mid-November. Read more about Tamsin here
APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FROM BANDLEADERS AND BANDS FOR THE FIRST OF JAZZ SOUTH’S SUPPORT SCHEMES IN THE REGION
Platform South is an open application scheme to support jazz musicians from the Jazz South region to perform across that region. The scheme aims to strengthen artists’ offer, enabling them to engage new and existing promoters, encourage promoters to book as widely as possible and develop jazz audiences across the sector.
Performances by artists selected for the Platform South scheme will be subsidised by a set amount per musician, which reduces the financial risk to promoters and encourages them to book high-quality artists from the region.
Jazz South has secured sufficient funds for two rounds of the scheme over the period of the Jazz South project and Round 1 is open for applications now. The available funding will provide places for six bands in Round 1, each with the opportunity of six supported gigs. Selected bands will kick off with marketing advice and support and a public showcase performance at Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival in March 2019.
Jazz South welcomes Platform South applications from a diversity of artists of all genders and all ages, and from all backgrounds and communities of ethnicity, disability or any other cultural or personal characteristics. The key to success on Platform South will always be musical excellence.
A map and list of Local Authorities covered by Jazz South can be found here.
By submitting your details here you agree to Turner Sims contacting you by email
A CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Jazz South is seeking applications from advisers committed to the future of the scene in the region. The Jazz South project is setting up two sub-regional Advisory Panels (SRAPs for short) – one from the South West and one from the South East – to help build the project’s reach and effectiveness and advise on policy and practical activities over the next three years.
Each SRAP will comprise a mix of industry professionals (for example educators, promoters, artists) and individuals or those from professional or voluntary organisations interested in the support and promotion of jazz.
In appointing SRAP members Jazz South will strive to maintain a balance of gender, age and diversity.
Jazz South encourages all those interested in supporting jazz development work in the region to consider applying. Full details of what SRAP membership entails, including details of how to apply and deadlines, can be accessed here.