Jazz Services has announced that Chris Hodgkins is to step down as Director of Jazz Services, retiring after 29 years in the role.
From the Jazz Services website...
After 29 years at the helm, Chris Hodgkins has taken the decision to retire and step down as Director of Jazz Services Ltd.Throughout his tenure at the head of the organisation, Chris has been instrumental in the development of Jazz Services as a resource for the music, championing its cause and offering his advice to anyone who required it. Among his many successes, he helped to establish the National Touring Support Scheme with Debbie Dickenson, which has enabled the careers of hundreds of artists over the years, along with the organisation’s Rural Touring Support Scheme (with the National Rural Touring Forum), the Jazz Promoters Award (with the PRS for Music Foundation) and the Online Music Business Resource, which offers free career advice to anyone who needs it.
Chris also helped to set up the Parliamentary Jazz Awards (which take place tonight in London). Jazz musicians across the country are taking to facebook and twitter to thank him and wish him well.