Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2016

Thhis year's Peter Whittingham Jazz Award is now open for applications from young and talented musicians in the early years of their musical careers

The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award has been supporting emerging jazz talent for over 25 years, helping to launch the careers of some of the UK's top jazz stars including Soweto Kinch, Empirical, Phil Meadows, Led Bib and Roller Trio. This year's award is open to applications until Friday 11 November and offers a grant of £5000 to help the winner develop a creative project.

The Peter Whittingham Award is open to UK-based solo artists and bands in the first two years of their professional career or who are studying on a higher education jazz course. Initial applications must be made on the online submission form to be found on the award's website. Selected applicants will be invited to audition in the presence of an expert panel at Premises Studio in Hackney during early December.

The panel - members are yet to be announced - will be looking for outstanding talent, innovation and creativity. In 2015 awards were made to two bands, London based Patchwork Jazz Orchestra and Glasgow quartet Square One (pictured left by Alex Hall). The charity also made two Help Musicians UK Development Awards to drummer JJ Wheeler and London-based quartet Big Bad Wolf.

Julian Joseph, a panellist for the 2015 auditions, commented “I certainly left the auditions feeling optimistic about the future of British music and am proud that this level of creativity is pouring out of our jazz scene with our winners demonstrating just how relevant and vibrant British jazz is.”

Claire Gevaux, Creative Director at Help Musicians UK, said “The continued support of the Whittingham Family through this unique award allows us to invest in the next generation of jazz musicians, helping the most talented artists through these formative and crucial stages of their career. We can’t wait to see the incredible standard of applications and know that our esteemed panel of experts will have an enjoyable challenge in finding the winner.”

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 11 November 2016. Applicants selected to audition will be notified within two weeks of the closing date. Auditions will take place on Friday 9 December.

Information about the award and how to apply, along with links to the relevant guidelines and forms, can be found on the Peter Whittingham Award website.

Bruce Lindsay

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