Tuesday, 08 October 2013 09:26

2013 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Launched

Written by  Administrator


Jazz Services has received the following press release announcing the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, organised by The Musicians Benevolent Fund.

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2013 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Launched

The Musicians Benevolent Fund has launched its 2013 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award.  Talented solo jazz musicians and ensembles are invited to apply.

Over the past twenty years, the award has established itself as one of the most prestigious in UK jazz with a roll call of leading jazz musicians to its name. Previous recipients include Scott Stroman, Errollyn Wallen, Dave O’Higgins, Soweto Kinch, Gwilym Simcock, Empirical, Led Bib and Roller Trio who were nominated for the Barclay Mercury Prize and Best Jazz act at the 2012 MOBO awards.

The 2012 recipient of the award was Jazz trumpeter and composer Reuben Fowler who used the grant to record his critically acclaimed debut album [Fowler's critically acclaimed 'Between Shadows' was recorded using Jazz Services Recording Support Scheme].

The award is open to musicians who are studying full-time on a jazz course in the UK or who are within the first two years of starting their professional career.

The award of £4,000 is to help fund a specific project which will enhance the musical and professional development of the artist or group.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 12 November and auditions will take place at The Premises Studios, Hackney Road, London on Tuesday 3 December before a leading panel of jazz experts.

Full details can be found on the Musicians Benevolent Fund website:

http://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/help_you/young_artists/awards/peter_whittingham_jazz/default.aspx