Monday, 12 August 2013

North well represented in Emerging Excellence Awards

Saxophonist James Mainwaring, trumpeter Kim Macari and pianist John Escreet have been announced as recipients of Musicians Benevolent Fund's Emerging Excellence Awards. Twenty-five top young musicians from all genres of music received awards, with all 3 jazz musicians hailing from The North.

MBF (soon be rebranded as Help Musicians UK) describe the scheme as

supporting emerging artists who demonstrate musical excellence and are already achieving significant impact in their field to fund an important development opportunity, project or programme that has lasting impact on their career.

Saxophonist James Mainwaring plans to use his Award to enable him to host a creative residency for his quartet, while Kim will travel to New York to study with Ingrid Jensen, record original material at an NYC studio and start work on setting up US/UK gig exchanges through Apollo Jazz Network.

For full details of the Awards, see the Musicians Benevolent Fund Press Release.

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