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Major boost for emerging UK jazz artists announced

UK music has been given a boost with the news that, with support from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the Jazzlines programme is to offer three Jazz Fellowships to the country’s most talented emerging jazz musicians aged 18-35, enabling them to devote time and resources to their musical and professional development.

Fellows will be nominated by industry professionals based on their skills, commitment and potential to develop, and Fellowships will begin in March 2013, running for one year.

During that time, Fellows will have access to mentoring and one-to-one advice, master classes, professional development workshops, resources to support their artistic development, ‘go and see’ visits and high profile performance opportunities.

By the end of the year, Fellows will have created a new jazz work or series of pieces, had the opportunity to showcase their work as part of the Jazzlines programme and develop plans to tour their new work nationally.

“We are pleased to be working with the experienced and influential Jazzlines – Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham team who we believe are best placed to nurture jazz musicians in the early stages of their careers. As part of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation’s aim to support talented individuals at formative moments in their professional development, this is a unique opportunity for independent artists to work with an established and respected organisation.”– Jon Opie, General Manager Jerwood Charitable Foundation

“These Jazz Fellowships offer a much-needed opportunity for young jazz professionals to concentrate their time and efforts on creating new music and developing their careers. The support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation recognises Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s Jazzlines programme as a new major player in the UK jazz industry in supporting and nurturing emerging talent and we hope that the three fellows will play a significant role in the future development of the British jazz scene.”– Tony Dudley-Evans, Jazzlines Artistic Adviser

The Jazzlines Fellowship scheme is being supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts.