Wednesday 7 November 2012

The 'Needs of the Jazz Community' Survey

Jazz Services would like you to take two minutes to complete their "Needs of the Jazz Community" survey.  Bob Blizzard, Chair of the Jazz Services board, says, “Whoever you are in the jazz sector – musician, promoter, educator, producer, broadcaster, journalist, writer, listener or gig-goer; whether your organisation is large or small, we want to hear from you! What does jazz need to grow and widen its audience, nurture excellence and enhance its future? Tell us so that others can hear from you!” (Closes 19/11/12)

About the Survey and APPJAG Consultation Project

Jazz Services Ltd is giving members of the UK jazz community the opportunity to voice their needs. This comes as part of a consultation project, commissioned by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) and launched by Jazz Services. The purpose of the exercise is to ascertain the needs of the UK jazz constituency, to address those needs and ensure that the jazz scene in the UK continues to grow develop and maintain its vibrancy in the light of public sector cuts and an historical imbalance in the public funding of jazz.

The first phase of the consultation took place in November (2011) at the Jazz Open Space Conference funded by the Musicians’ Union. Reports from the day can be found at

The second phase is a consultation exercise using an online questionnaire. Details of the online survey will be emailed to the jazz constituency and there will be a four week period in which to respond.

The results from the questionnaire, along with desk and qualitative research, will be analysed and the findings presented to APPJAG in December 2012. The exercise is being undertaken using volunteer help. An Editorial Board has been established under the chair of Noel Dennis, Associate Dean of the Glasgow School for Business and Society – Glasgow Caledonian University - and Editor in Chief of Arts Marketing, an International Journal.

Oversight will be undertaken by the Editorial Board, the Jazz Services Touring, Educational and International Panels, along with editorial help from Roger Thomas, the Editor of Jazz UK. The report will be signed off by the board of Jazz Services and delivered to APPJAG.

About Jazz Services Ltd

Jazz Services provides support, advice and information for UK jazz, promoting its growth, accessibility and development in the UK and abroad.

Jazz Services publishes Jazz UK, a magazine with a print run of 30,000 that is distributed by subscription and free through venues, colleges, libraries and shops.

Jazz Services works closely with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), which is an autonomous body that receives its Arts Council England funding through Jazz Services. NYJO also receives funds from private donors, Youth Music and the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund. Every year NYJO organizes over 100 open workshops for jazz musicians up to the age of 25 and more than 40 concerts.

Jazz Services gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England and also the Performing Right Society for Music Foundation for their support on the Jazz Promoters Award Scheme.

For further information, contact Jazz Services, 132 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SW TEL: 020 7928 9089

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