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Community JazzLabs is a new JazzUK concept of developing community-based jazz and improvised music hubs. The programme will see a framework of outdoor, indoor and creative presentations in diverse spaces reflecting local people and places, working with local musicians to develop creative and professional skills, and other performing arts organisations to present jazz within dance, street theatre and carnival settings, reaching new audiences and strengthening touring infrastructure by supporting local promoters.  Touring a range of jazz will also be key, which we shall be developing through 2016-2017.

Dissolve JazzLab is a new initiative of JazzUK’s learning and participation programme, which aims to reach out to young people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, particularly those who are disadvantaged, and bring enjoyment and well-being through the disciplines and freedoms jazz improvisation can provide.

Working with Coventry Performing Arts Service and SoundStorm in Bournemouth, we visited improvisation using a wide range of instruments and musical traditions, including folk, Asian and western ‘jazz’, in large and small ensemble formats.

The leaders for the project were drawn from the world of professional jazz and improvised music, bringing with them a wealth of practical musical and personal skills, led by senior practitioner Issie Barratt with more than 20 years’ experience of developing jazz in learning & participation contexts whilst developing a successful performing career, supported by Ambassador leaders at the beginning of their careers, including Laura Jurd and Tom Hewson.

The Coventry participants showcased their new compositions at Belgrade Theatre last November, as part of JazzUK’s new community-inspired #4Jazz Festivals, and The Lighthouse, Poole showcase showcased in May, when the young performers played alongside professional musicians.

JazzUK is currently working on plans for 2017.


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JazzUK continues to see its work to support artists as a key element of the development of jazz across today’s music and wider artistic landscape, and to act now to ensure the positive and progressive future to jazz in the UK.  We seek to engage fully with the British jazz community, and continue to support gateways between emerging, mid-career and established home-grown and international talent.

Uniquely placed to identify the need of jazz artists across the Country, JazzUK is continuing to identify specific areas to support the jazz sector, and is actively pursuing the resources to meet proven demand.  We will continue to identify and publicise appropriate schemes for artists, whilst working with our partners aroung the UK to develop new opportunities for performance, participation, learning and audience development.

The recently updated document ‘Jazz Needs’ report provides interesting reading for all in the jazz sector.
Download Jazz Needs and discover more about today’s jazz landscape.

jazzahead! – click to view our dedicated section with the latest information for artists, agent, labels, promoters and co-exhibitors

jazzahead! 2017

UK Bands – sign up as a JazzUK co-exhibitor and save money! Here’s how

jazzahead! call for showcase applications

The deadline for band applications is October 31st, 2016. You’ll find more info about the terms and conditions online. New is, that applications are submitted via the jazzahead! website directly with our optimized applications system on the newly re-launched web page. Four international juries of experts from the jazz and music scene – one for each showcase module – will choose the bands that get to play one of the 40 showcases. The showcasing bands and artists will then be announced in the beginning of December. In 2016, 587 bands applied from 43 countries.

Be there with the best of British
is leading on the GB presence at jazzahead! 2017, and is already working with consortium partners to capitalise on the European and international opportunities for 2017 and beyond. 
JazzUK is kicking off with some excellent opportunities for anyone considering a presence at jazzahead! 2017, whether in person on the British Isles stand, or through virtual means. See HERE for details.

Join the British Isles Jazz Stand at jazzahead! 2017 and enhance your exposure to European and wider international opportunities.  Full details will appear once we have full information from jazzahead!  However, you can register your interest to be involved by emailing us HERE.

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Built on the 30 year track record of support for jazz musicians across the Country, JazzUK is the new face of Jazz Services.  During the first half of 2015, JazzUK continues to develop partnerships and strands of work to move swiftly in to top gear, following its launch event, #4Jazz Festival Coventry in 2016.

You can keep abreast of our progress through the developing website, and catch us on Twitter and Facebook too!

JazzUK is a progressive organisation that unites the jazz and wider artistic communities by sharing the power of jazz music to increasingly greater and diverse audiences.

Our mission is to facilitate those who play jazz to entertain those who love to listen, and to encourage the next generation to fall in love with jazz.


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