Jazz Services is building a number of partnerships and alliances with related organisations to provide mutual support and to avoid duplication of services.
Weekend Arts College (WAC)/Interchange Studios has a 32 year history of providing jazz education, training and mentoring to young aspiring musicians, singers and performers. Julian Joseph, Zoe Rahman and other leading UK jazz stars attended WAC in their formative years. The late musician, educator and author, Ian Carr taught many aspiring young jazz musicians at WAC for several years. WAC have partnered with ‘Jazz Alive’, whose Director, Clive Powell is committed to ensuring WAC deliver the highest standards of jazz tuition, mentoring and training to young people by working alongside award winning jazz artists and music performers. Jazz Services and WAC/Jazz Alive look forward to a continuing collaboration, to the benefit of British jazz education.
University of Westminster www.westminster.ac.uk
Jazz Services' alliance with the University of the Westminster began with the authorship by the University's Mykaell Riley and David Laing of the Value of Jazz Report commisioned by Jazz Services in 2006. A second report on the state of media coverage of jazz in the UK was produced by the same authors, while a further installment of the Value of Jazz research is expected in Autumn 2010. On 19 January 2010, at London’s Cockpit Theatre, the University of Westminster’s music business network MusicTank and Jazz Services hosted the launch of a major Jazz Services report into the media representation of jazz in the UK. To download copies of the reports listed above, visit Jazz Services' Reports
National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) www.nyjo.org.uk
Jazz Services is proud to be working in close partnership with NYJO (the National Youth Jazz Orchestra). 46 years after its founding by the indomitable Bill Ashton OBE, NYJO is in the midst of a dramatic transformation programme to change from an individually -inspired organisation into a truly national arts institution. With support and advice from Jazz Services, and led by MD Mark Armstrong, Professor of jazz at the Royal College of Music, NYJO has already developed a more innovatory musical policy, re-structured its governance, commissioned exciting new pieces, been invited to appear at prestigious Festivals and other high-profile gigs, and agreed a Strategic Partnership with Conservatoires UK. More changes are in the pipeline for 2012 -13; Jazz Services and NYJO look forward to a continuing collaboration, to the benefit of British jazz education.
National Jazz Archive www.nationaljazzarchive.co.uk
The National Jazz Archive (NJA), situated in Loughton Library, Essex, is the UK’s premier research and information centre for jazz, blues and related music. Concentrating on written, printed and photographic documentation of the music, the NJA has amassed a body of information that can truly be considered world-class. Jazz Services assisted the NJA in its successful bid for a Project Planning Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for digitising important parts of its archive. Jazz Services' Director, Chris Hodgkins, is the Chair of the Trustees of the National Jazz Archive.