What is the Recording Support Scheme?
The Recording Support Scheme offers financial support for bands wishing to make their first recording, as well as encouraging artists to seek out and utilise a variety of funding opportunities and techniques.
Jazz Services re-opened its Recording Support Scheme in the summer of 2012 after an initial success of the previous funding period, where we received funding from Arts Council England to record eight bands over two years. For details of the impressive outcomes of the original scheme, see our Previous Recordings page.
Anne Rigg explains the Recording Support Scheme:
Who's It For?
The Recording Support Scheme is open to anyone who's not made a previous publically available recording. Age isn't a factor, but many applicants are young artists at the start of their careers.
If you've already made a recording of any kind - free downloads on your website, live albums to sell at gigs, short EPs - then you're probably not eligible. We do check whether applicants have made recordings before but if you're in any doubt about whether you qualify, get in touch.
"I cannot thank Jazz Services enough for your help and encouragement. This CD would not have come into being without the Recording Support scheme, so THANK YOU!" - Jumoké Fashola
How to apply
The scheme usually runs over two periods a year, and to apply you'll need to fill in an application form and provide and EPK (electronic press kit).
The second application period for the Recording Support Scheme in 2014 is now open (as of Monday 4th August), and applications will be accepted until midnight on Sunday 31st August.
* Please note: music submitted to Jazz Services Ltd as part of an application will be distributed to the various selection and judging panels via a secure and private Soundcloud link. By submitting your music as part of your application, you are giving Jazz Services Ltd permission to share your music in this way and confirming that you have all legal rights and permissions necessary to upload, publish and share this material on SoundCloud.