Jazz North have posted an update about the new organisation's plans on www.jazznorth.org. Jazz North came into being in October as the new Northern jazz development agency funded by Arts Council England. The new organisation replaces Jazz Yorkshire, NWJazzworks and Jazz Action whose funding ceased at the end of September. The set-up of Jazz North is being overseen by a consortium led by Jazz Yorkshire.
During the first six months Jazz North will be providing a range of services and running a number of pilot projects as well as developing the organisational structures.
Here's a summary of the initial pilot projects that have been announced:
- northern line – recruiting up to 12 bands per year to promote and showcase with subsidised touring across the north
- get more gigs – practical half-day events offering CPD for musicians (and promoters)
- new networks north – professional development events for festival organisers, educators and Music Education Hubs and northern voluntary promoters