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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. The scheme is designed to help the next generation of male and female promoters establish themselves both regionally and nationally. It offers a unique route of professional development with a core ethos to consciously redress the jazz scene’s current gender imbalance through continual exploration into why it exists and how we can best work together to redress it.


The first year of the Jazz Promoters Fellowship will run from July 2017 to July 2018. Hosted by leading UK venues on key dates across the jazz calendar, this fellowship’s seven seminar days will develop new promoters in methods of best practice across a wide range of topics. This will include programming and creative diversity, marketing, audience development, strategic planning, team leadership and delegation, risk assessment, insurance, contracts and service agreements, writing funding applications, budget management and project evaluation. Across the scheme, each participant is given the opportunity to devise and deliver a self-initiated yearlong project focused on ensuring a diverse and inclusive approach to programming in venues and festivals.Each candidate will be supported by a grant of £1,200.


We want to target individuals with an interest in making an impact and changing the current gender imbalance in the jazz sector.

  • You must be aged 21 or over to be eligible for submission
  • You must have lived in the UK for the past 3 years
  • You can apply as an individual at an early stage of your career, or if you are looking at a career change or continued professional development
  • You must be able to show a keen interest in jazz music and its promotion
  • You must have a genuine commitment to building a professional career in music promotion
  • You must demonstrate some experience of project / event management – even if it’s not specific to music
  • You should detail what kind of support you are seeking for your project (financial, mentoring, advice, training, knowledge)
  • You must be able to commit to all seminar days and other key dates specified in year 1 of the programme (see application guidelines)


First, read the APPLICATION GUIDELINES which set out in detail what we’re looking for. As part of their application to be part of the Jazz Promoters Fellowship, candidates will need to submit a brief synopsis of their yearlong personal project. Candidates can apply via the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM, and must supply a supporting REFERENCE FORM from someone who knows them in a professional or educational capacity. Applications for Year 1 of the Jazz Promoters Fellowship open 12 June 2017.

The deadline for applications is midday, 7 July 2017. 


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