What is the Jazz Promoters Award?
While our other funding schemes are geared towards jazz artists, the aim of the Jazz Promoters Awards is to encourage small-scale promoters of new British jazz music, presenting material that is fresh, exciting and helps invigorate the UK’s jazz music scene.
The awards are made by the PRS for Music Foundation in collaboration with, and administered by, Jazz Services, and over the years have offered financial support to a great number of UK promoters, resulting in some fantastic live music opportunities for artists and audiences alike.
For more information on the PRS for Music Foundation please visit their website:
Who can apply?
The awards are open to anyone promoting live jazz music and are divided into two categories - the regular Promoters award for established promoters, and the Fledgling Promoters award for those just starting out. For more information and to apply for the scheme, follow the links below.
Award winners are selected from the applications by a joint panel whose members are drawn from PRS for Music Foundation, Jazz Services and Serious, as well as including established musicians. The panel look for programmes of events which feature a majority of music by living British jazz composers and performers.
The 2014 Jazz Promoters Award scheme has now closed. See all the successful applicants here!
Below you can read some testamonials from previous recipients of the Jazz Promoters Award. The press release for the 2013 Awards, including all the winners, can be found here.
“Without Jazz Services/PRS for Music Foundation’s excellent Promoters Award Restormel Arts could not present its popular monthly jazz concerts at St Austell Brewery. The award is vital in helping us bring some of the most exciting jazz artists in the UK to Cornwall where audiences are some of the most appreciative, if remote, in the country.”
Phil Webb, Restormel Arts, Cornwall
"E17 jazz is very pleased to have won the PRSF award again. We feel this award is very important in the way it supports jazz promoters and helps to create a vibrant exciting jazz scene in the UK. The reality is that without PRSF support many of these gigs just wouldn't happen, and this would lead to decreased playing opportunities and a severely depleted jazz scene.
We applied for the award because we are committed to providing a platform for local musicians and encouraging them to present original material that otherwise would not be heard. This award enables us to continue our jazz programme, and also ensures that the musicians receive and reasonable wage for their efforts."
Nick Tomalin, E17 Jazz, London
“At Seven Jazz Leeds we are passionate about developing jazz music from the community roots upwards. We showcase dozens of new bands from Yorkshire and the north of England every year, giving them a chance to perform their original music to an enthusiastic audience. The PRSF promoter awards allows us to do this and to spread the word about the high quality of composition and performance in our region”
Steve Crocker, Seven Jazz, Leeds
"Wakefield Jazz has a long record of presenting exciting jazz and wishes to develop its programming by bringing bands and artists little known outside London. This is particularly important in attracting new audience members who know jazz as an adventurous art form and are keen explore new territory.
At a time when another grant source has dried up our club hopes to avoid playing safe by booking only the proven popular artists. The enlightened approach of PRSF who understand the music and the promoters is invaluable in this endeavour."
Chris de Saram, Wakefield Jazz, West Yorkshire