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JAZZ SERVICES - AN INTRODUCTION
Supporting Jazz in the UK!
Jazz Services is the UK's charitable support organisation for jazz music, promoting its growth and development and offering services on touring, recording, information, international support, education and communications, publishing and promotion.
Jazz Services focuses on these crucial areas to promote a healthy jazz scene. We’re ‘a voice for jazz’ in the UK, a voice that brings audiences, musicians, promoters and producers together. It's a voice that has the ear of MPs, funding bodies and anyone and everyone who can contribute and help towards the progress and development of all styles of jazz, a voice that supports the music and musicians throughout the country in many positive ways.
Here’s what we do...
1. National touring and promoter support
Jazz Services provides funding for both up-and-coming and established bands wishing to put on tours around the UK (as well as abroad - see International Section), and for promoters wanting to put on more jazz gigs in their area.
Anne Rigg explains Jazz Services' different Touring schemes:
Our Recording Support Scheme has given financial help to several artists releasing their debut recordings. We also offer lots of practial advice on starting your recording career in the Online Music Business Resource.
Jazz Services offers an extensive directory of contacts covering the UK and international jazz scene, as well as comprehensive listings of gigs up and down the country. Our Online Music Business Resource gives advice and information on promotion, marketing, recording, law, finance, copyright and other related activities.
4. International support
As well as working at home, we promote UK jazz internationally to highlight the quality and diversity of British artists. We offer bands the opportunity to perform at international showcases, and to date have supported over 240 musicians in more than 60 different bands in showcases and concerts around the world.
We work with various organisations to develop policies and projects that raise the profile of jazz in education, and together with Access to Music and Yamaha we provide a limited number of bursaries for training. Jazz Services works closely with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and they receive their Arts Council funding via Jazz Services. As part of our directory, visitors to this site can search for music courses, tutors and institutions to expand their own knowledge of jazz.
6. Communications and Publishing
Jazz Services publishes the bi-monthly magazine JazzUK, with 25,000 copies distributed free nationwide with features, interviews, reviews, news and more. The magazine is available to read and download on our website. We also publish a free monthly online gig guide covering the whole of the UK, with around 2,000 live concerts listed each month. We also publish reports and research on relevant areas and newsletters outlining our various recent activities and plans.
Each year Jazz Services works with the Phonographic Performance Ltd and the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group to produce and present the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. With the National Music Council, Jazz Services presents the Will Michael Awards for excellence in jazz education by Local Education Authorities.
...and we want to work even harder:
1. Raise more funding
We’ve a lot of exciting plans and initiatives in place but these are dependent on finance and that means we have to attract more funding from public and private sources. We plan to do this through a series of advertising campaigns to promote Gift Aid as well as direct approaches to trusts, organisations, companies and individuals.
2. Develop the news content on the Jazz Services website
We intend to provide every issue of JazzUK from 1 to 100 as free PDF downloads through the Jazz Services website. We are also committed to providing more news and updates through the site and through a bi-monthly email newsletter. We hope this will help us engage more with the jazz community.
3. Touring Support
With the National Rural Touring Forum we aim to develop a Rural Touring Support Scheme with the first tours starting in 2012. We are going to develop support to help the core of jazz promotion in the UK – the voluntary jazz promoters.
4. Develop our existing on-line resources
Provide a more comprehensive advice and information service to musicians, promoters and the public on subjects ranging from touring to archives. We will also enhance the Online Music Business Resource that helps musicians develop their careers and promoters build bigger audiences. We are also launching a new British Jazz History section of the website, which we hope will provide a valuable free resource for fans of UK jazz.
5. Expand the online photo library
We intend to commission new photographs and build an in-house photo store with JazzUK that will be freely available to the media and to promoters.
6. Develop a radio portal and podcasts
These initiatives will offer new media broadcast opportunities for UK jazz musicians and promote UK jazz to international audiences.
7. Produce more publications to help musicians and promoters
We have already launched several new online publications and many more are being planned for the Online Music Business Resource plus we are looking at ways of developing and enhancing Jazz UK.
8. Equal Opportunities
We are committed to taking positive steps to prevent discrimination and promoting equal opportunities irrespective of disability, race, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or religious belief.
To help us help jazz, why not make a donation - in return we'll send you six copies of JazzUK magazine free!