Help Musicians UK is proud to launch the Jazz Promoters Fellowship; a new pilot programme in partnership with internationally recognised and award-winning jazz composer, educator and record producer, Issie Barratt.


Based on extensive research revealing that women are still hugely under-represented in jazz, and compelling evidence from two roundtable discussions with industry leaders in 2016, this fully-funded HMUK fellowship has been developed to create a gender balanced approach to promoting jazz artists and bands, leading to a more diverse and inclusive jazz scene in the UK. The yearlong Jazz Promoters Fellowship (July 2017 – July 2018) is supported by a host of the UK’s leading jazz promoters and festival organisers. Read more

A Day At JazzAhead!

9am: Wake up. I’ve decided to forego breakfast at the hotel because it means I can do some work in my hotel room instead and we have to man the stand from 10am until 8pm. I have a meeting set up for 11am and I’ve just realised no-one has told me where the meeting is. Furiously and fervently type things until I leave the hotel.

10.30am: Swing by our stand to say hello, drop off stuff and retrieve water. This hall dehydrates you and there’s a risk I’ll leave looking like a raisin. Found out where the meeting is – the French stand.Read more

Call for Artist Submissions

With jazzahead! 2017 just a few weeks away, we’re busily gearing up to showcase and shout about the wealth of Scottish Jazz talent on offer to promoters and festivals from around the globe!

We’re keen to make sure the hundreds of promoters, broadcasters, festivals and collaborators in attendance at Europe’s largest meeting and exhibition point for the International Jazz scene are aware of what Scotland has to offer in terms of world-class Jazz.

submit your details here

Our website’s ‘Artists‘ page already hosts a large cross-section of the country’s bands and artists, however we know there’s far more out there yet to be featured!
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NOW OPEN – Applications to attend Jazzahead! 2017

NEWS! Our applications for artists to join us at JazzAhead! 2017 are now open

Jazz From Scotland are delighted to be able to offer two artists (Scottish / resident in Scotland for a minimum of 2 years) the chance to attend JazzAhead! 2017 which takes place in Bremen, Germany 26-30 April. These two artists will have their delegate fee to attend the event covered and a contribution of £150 toward travel and/or accommodation provided*

The application form is short and easy so if you’re interested and meet the criteria, do apply!
DEADLINE – Monday 10th April at 9amRead more

Young Jazz Winner is David Bowden!

Double bassist David Bowden has been announced as the 2017 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year after a stand out performance at the live final in Glasgow on February 1st.

Five musicians made it through to the final at Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow; David Bowden, Stephen Henderson, Fergus McCreadie, Conor Murray and Joe Williamson. Each finalist played two pieces of their own choice showcasing their talents as improvisers and band leaders, supported by the house band of Euan Burton (bass), Doug Hough (drums) and Steve Hamilton (piano).

The event was produced by Jazz From Scotland as part of a 6 month programme of work funded by Creative Scotland.Read more

Young Scottish Jazz Musician Finalists Announced

Congratulations to all who have made it to the 2017 final.


Conor Murray (Bass)

Photo Credit: Derek Clark Photography

After three years of playing the electric bass and exploring various genres Conor (Born in Donegal Ireland) picked up the Double Bass. His interest in fusion music, particularly the group Weather Report, gradually steered his interest to the more traditional styles of jazz and players like Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Over the last three years he has worked with the legendary Irish Saxophonist Gay McIntyre. Now he’s studying in Glasgow under the tutelage of Tommy Smith and plays in the TSYJO band. Conor is now in the process of composing his own music and hopes to record an album and tour Ireland and the U.K. Read more