Jazz Services Reports
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:40
Jazz in the Media
The purpose of this report is to examine the coverage of jazz by Britain’s national ‘broadsheet’ newspapers, television channels and radio stations. Such coverage was monitored for a two month period at the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008. The principal conclusion of the report is that, despite the growth of interest in jazz, as evidenced by increases in festival and club audiences, the music is still treated as inferior to classical music in the press and on the air.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:37
A recent survey in arts participation for the arts in America by the National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Participation 2008. Highlights from a National Survey. http://arts.endow.gov/news/-news09/SPPA-highlights.htm) produced some alarming findings: Since 1982, young adult (18 – 24) attendance rates have declined significantly for jazz, classical music, opera, ballet and non- musical plays. The crucial question is, will this problem be replicated in the UK along the lines that events in the USA are eventually mirrored in the UK (for example sub-prime mortgages) – or is jazz 'holding its own' in the UK?
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:34
This illuminating report, presented by Professor Stuart Nicholson, and by Emma Kendon and Chris Hodgkins of Jazz Services, includes an examination of the disparity between jazz representation on the BBC’s public radio services and those elsewhere in Europe. It asks why British jazz exposure on the BBC should have declined so significantly in recent years, at a time when the skills, formal training, diversity and international status of UK jazz musicians has never been higher. It also asks why the Corporation does not appear to extend its public service remit to jazz in the way that its continental equivalents do,…