Applications open for Peter Whittingham Award

HelpMusiciansUKforwebCalling all emerging jazz artists – apply now for the Peter Whittingham Award and receive a £4,000 grant.

The prize is open to UK-based solo artists and bands in the first two years of their professional career or who are studying on a jazz course.

Previous winners of the award, which is presented by Help Musicians UK, include the likes of Soweto Kinch, Led Bib and Roller Trio.

Saxophonist and composer Phil Meadows won the award in 2013 and used the grant to develop cross-genre ensemble the Engines Orchestra. The orchestra are collaborating with the Phil Meadows Group to record a new suite of music Lifecycles, launching with a live performance at this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival.

Phil said: ‘The Peter Whittingham Award came at a crucial moment in my career. It’s enabled me to develop my creative ambitions and profile as a musician, composer and band leader in a way that would not otherwise have been possible. It’s kickstarted the Engines Orchestra – a project that’s moving faster than I could have ever imagined!’

The deadline for applications is Friday 7 November at 5pm. Auditions will take place at the Premises Studios, Hackney, on Thursday 4 December 2014, in front of a panel of eminent jazz musicians and experts.

Visit the Help Musicians UK website to find out more and submit an application.