Frequently asked questions about JazzUK:
01 - I'm a musician/record label. How do I get my CD reviewed in JazzUK?
As of 2013, JazzUK no longer reviews CDs. Because of the bi-monthly publication schedule and our long lead times, it's very difficult to keep up to date with current releases, and also for labels, artists and PRs to get us products in time to review them for the appropriate issue. If an album is released in January, for example, there's often not time to get it reviewed and written up for the February/March issue and so it wouldn't get covered until the April/May issue. Given the limited number of pages available for editorial in each issue, we'd rather not give over valuable space to reviewing albums that were released many weeks before publication.
Instead the magazine now focuses on previewing the UK's scene, and the extensive news section serves to highlight upcoming releases, tours and special events, such as album launches or festivals. Given that the UK jazz scene is well served by a huge number of excellent writers and reviewers (some of whom will contribute to the magazine), we hope this will serve as a more efficient way of flagging up new releases to our readers.
Any information or press releases about upcoming releases can be sent to the editor, John Lyons, via email@example.com
02 - Will you preview/review my gig/event?
We're happy to consider any event for previewing in the news section, and for feature consideration if it's particularly newsworthy. We no longer review live events, for the same reason as explained in the first question concerning CD reviews.
Send all details on upcoming events to the editor, John Lyons, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
03 - Will you interview me or the artist I represent?
This could depend on the project, the space available, the time allowed, the tides, the prevailing wind, the will of the fates... We usually have room for two features in each issue, so please contact the editor with any ideas and pitches.
04 - Where should I send press releases?
All press releases and any other correspondence relating to editorial content should be emailed to email@example.com.
It helps if your email is clearly titled and includes a brief description of the content as well as the full press release and details. Pictures intended for inclusion should be at least 300dpi and of a suitable size for print. Please give photo credit where possible.
05 - I'm a photographer. Will JazzUK publish my work?
Images accompanying articles are often provided by the subject or their press representative, and Jazz Services has access to a few different sources of photographs - not least the extensive archive gifted to us by Brian O'Connor, who runs the website www.imagesofjazz.com/. Given the magazine's small format and page limit, it's not often possible to showcase work from external photographers.
However, we welcome enquiries from amateur photographers and will gladly accept an offer should the right image come along at the right time. We are also occasionally able to use the website to showcase their work. Please contact John Lyons with any enquiries, and we'll deal with them on an individual basis.
06 - I'm a promoter/venue manager/performer. How do I get my gig(s) listed?
JazzUK now produces Gigs, a free online guide to the UK's live scene that's published every month (as opposed to JazzUK's bi-monthly publication schedule) and is available to download as a PDF from our website. All our gig listings are now collected there, freeing up space in JazzUK for editorial content.
All gig information should be sent to our Listings Editor, Sabina Czajkowska, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on what to send, and in what format, can be found on the Submitting Listings page of our website.
07 - Can I write for JazzUK?
We're always happy to hear from any interested writers who may want to contribute to JazzUK, as the UK is filled with talented jazz loving writers who deserve a platform for the talents.
Given the magazine's role as the in-house magazine of Jazz Services we only carry one or two 'external' features per issue (the rest of the content often being written by Jazz Services staff about Jazz Services activities), but we are keen to build up a pool of potential writers. We are unable to offer payment for articles but we offer the magazine as a platform for promoting contributing writers' own websites and other works.
If you're interested in writing for the mag, please contact the editor via email.
08 - How do I advertise in JazzUK?
For all advertising enquiries, please see the Advertising page on our website for deadlines, rate cards and contact details.
09 - Can I subscribe to JazzUK?
Rather than subscriptions, we welcome donations to help us with our work supporting the UK's jazz scene. A donation of £15 will help us 'Keep Jazz On The Road', and in return we'll send you six issues of the magazine by post. To find out more and to donate online, click this link.
10 - Can I write you a letter for publication?
We welcome feedback and letters on any jazz-related topic and in response to the magazine. At present do not carry a letters page but this may change in the future. When sending us a letter, please let us know if you'd like it (and your details) to be considered for publication. And while we're open to comments and criticism where appropriate, remember we've got feelings too. So be nice. : )
11 - How often do you publish?
JazzUK is published bi-monthly in both printed and online editions six times a year, with issues covering December/January, February/March, April/May, June/July, August/September and October/November. Each issue appears on or by the first day of the first of the two calendar months covered by that issue. Please bear this schedule in mind when sending information for editorial consideration.