£10k fund opens for emerging jazz musicians

Help Musicians UK is now accepting applications for the 2019 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, worth £10,000.

Open to jazz musicians from all walks of life, the award is looking for innovative emerging artists who seek to develop a sustainable career in jazz.

The charity encourages applications from those who are currently underrepresented in the genre, such as women, musicians with disabilities and talent from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Jazz musicians, either solo or in groups of up to eight, who are at a tipping point in their career, are invited to apply by 14 October.

Auditions will be held in November, and an independent panel of jazz experts, along with representatives of Peter Whittingham’s family, will select awardees for the fund.

Now in its 29th year, the award offers the winner £5,000 to undertake a creative project of their choice, that will support their creative and professional development.

It can fund recording, filming, touring, performances, mentoring, collaboration and promotion.

A further £5,000 is available for up to three rising talents.

Lucy Bampton, head of creative programme, Help Musicians UK, said: ‘Our vibrant jazz scene continues to prove itself as one of the most exciting and refreshing in the world, with performers representing the rich and diverse make-up of the UK.

Help Musicians, along with the family of Peter Whittingham, are incredibly proud to be able to be part of helping these thrilling artists continue to thrive in what is already a promising landscape. We have seen some amazing talent develop through this Award and we are certain this year will be no different.’

For more info, and to apply, see https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/creative-programme/current-opportunities/peter-whittingham-jazz-award