Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2015

This year's Peter Whittingham Jazz Award for emerging new talent is looking for applicants and offering £5,000 to the award winner

The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, administered by Help Musicians UK, is now seeking applications from emerging jazz talent for its 2015 competition. The award is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and is offering a grant of £5,000 to the award-winning individual or band, to fund a specific project.

The award is open to UK-based solo artists or bands who are in the first two years of their professional career or who are undertaking a higher education jazz course. The main award this year has risen to £5,000 and other grants may be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel.

The deadline for applications is Monday 2 November at 6.00pm: applicants need to complete an online form which includes details of each applicant, the project they intend to undertake if successful and a breakdown of the project budget. Two recent and representative recordings are required, as well as an online reference from a recognised jazz professional who is unconnected with the applicant's proposed project.

Auditions will be held at The Premises Studios, Hackney, on Wednesday 2 December. The judges have yet to be named but Help Musicians UK promises "...a panel of renowned jazz musicians and experts".

Peter Whittingham was an expert in survival medicine and also a pianist who enjoyed the music of Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim, Bernstein, Shearing and Peterson. After his death in 1987 his family set up this award in his memory and their connection with the award continues. Previous award winers include Soweto Kinch, Empirical, Andrea Vicari and the 2014 winners, the Leeds-based Stretch Trio (pictured left).

Full information about the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, including elegibility criteria and application forms, can be found at the award website.

Bruce Lindsay

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