What is the NTSS?
The Jazz Services National Touring Support Scheme (NTSS) offers funding to artists touring around the UK, with grants of up to £2,500 available to help support the costs of going on tour, rather than fund it in its entirety. Over the years we’ve helped hundreds of fantastic UK jazz artists take to the road and it remains our most popular funding scheme.
"The support from Jazz Services for my UK tour has been invaluable. It has enabled me to take my music to audiences in 7 cities in England and Wales. We had a great time on the tour and I think the audiences did too! Thank you Jazz Services!" - Zara McFarlane
Who’s It For?
The NTSS is open to anyone from rising stars to established scenesters, but is generally aimed at helping musicians and small groups of merit not readily promoted by the commercial sector. At the same time, it hopes to encourage jazz promoters, increase small-scale touring and help grow the audience for jazz in the UK.
"Jazz Services have helped me achieve goals that I thought to be insurmountable! Specifically, they helped me secure funding to record my first album, then to secure a record deal and distribution. Since then I have completed two extensive UK tours which would not have been economically viable without touring support from JS, which covered a huge number of the travel and accomodation expenses." - Ant Law
How To Apply
To apply, you’ll need to complete the application form and submit an EPK (electronic press kit).
As part of the application process applicants are asked to submit a tour schedule comprising a minimum of 6 dates within a four week period. Most, if not all, of these dates should be confirmed and the tour should have a national spread. Full conditions can be found in the application form and accompanying guidelines.
"Touring Support has enabled me to take an unknown ensemble and build it over 7 years into an international touring outfit winning multiple awards." - Allon Beauvoisin, Brass Jaw
Just some of the artists funded by the NTSS over the years...
L-R - top row: Zara McFarlane, Maciek Pysz Trio, John Law, Gabrielle Ducomble. Middle row: Nicolas Meier, Tori Freestone, Robert Mitchell, Rachael Cohen. Bottom row: Phil Meadows, Arnie Somogyi, Kate Williams, Tim Thornton, Arun Ghosh, Ant Law.