Welcome to the Jazz Services website, home of the UK's foremost charitable support organisation for jazz music.
Jazz Services is a registered charity providing a wide range of funding and facilities to those working in jazz in the UK.
On this website you’ll find information on the various services we offer to industry professionals and the general public, a Directory of useful contacts from across the jazz sector, advice and resources for jazz education, career development and international work, a section on British jazz history, links and much more.
"Jazz Services are really there for the musicians. They support all of the different kinds of music that fall under the spectrum of jazz - they are not prejudiced in favour of any particular kind of style. They support people who are just coming up and people who are established. They're really one of a kind."
Christine Tobin, vocalist and composer.
The National Touring Support Scheme run by Jazz Services offers financial support to bands touring around the UK. Over the years we've helped hundreds of fantastic UK jazz artists take to the road, from seasoned professionals to the up-and-coming stars of the scene.
JAZZ SERVICES - NPO FUNDING
In July 2014 the Arts Council England announced its decision to discontinue Jazz Services' NPO funding from April 2015. Since then, as well as continuing our normal work funding and support British jazz we have has been working hard to secure our own future and the future of the many individuals and organisations with whom we work.
This has included further discussions with the Arts Council, public consultations, support campaigns and an organisational review to help develop a stronger operational model that will allow us to secure future funding and continue our work with and for the UK's jazz scene.
We've periodically released information and updates on the situation as it progresses and we'll continue to do so - you can follow the story and read all the relevant updates from July 2014 by clicking the link below:
Jazz Services operates a number of funding schemes aimed at those in the jazz sector.
Musicians can apply for our National Touring, Rural Touring and Recording Support schemes, while the Jazz Promoter Award helps those programming jazz in their area. For more info, click the links below:
In the latest edition of JazzUK, the excellent Preston-Glasgow-Lowe talk about their new album and tour, both of which are supported by Jazz Services. We also hear from saxophonist and regular JazzUK contributor Phil Meadows about his exciting Engines Orchestra project ahead of a debut album and performance…
Jazz Services has played an important role in promoting British jazz overseas and in supporting and advising artists, managers and agents as they look to develop their careers in international markets. We do this by partnering with funders and industry experts at a range of events, festivals and showcases worldwide. The bands showcased are of the highest quality and reflect our rich and diverse jazz scene, and artists interested in submitting themselves for consideration for these opportunities can do so by following the instructions on our International Events page.
Incorporating the MusicEd website and drawing on Jazz Services' own Education resources, the Education section of the Jazz Site will help you further your development whatever your interest in jazz. As well as reading the Education Blog, you can find information on Jazz Services' own Educational activities and the National Youth Jazz Orhestra, you can use the options on our Jazz Education Seach page to find a tutor, orchestra, course or institution to suit your needs...
Jazz Services commissioned Debbie Dickinson of City University to develop this definitive guide to managing your career. With help from Noel Dennis of Teeside University Business School and Mykaell Riley of Westminster University and financial support from the Arts Council England's lottery funding, theOnline Music Business Resource (OMBR) has been able to draw on a wide breadth of professional insight and experience, in order to generate a wealth of information and materials relevant to the current climate.
"There’s currently a buzz about British jazz. It’s on a roll. New bands and fresh faces that demand attention seem to be popping up every month" - Professor Stuart Nicholson
The contemporary UK jazz scene in all its forms has not emerged out of a vacuum. The story of British jazz began nearly a hundred years ago and has developed through the decades in creative and unexpected ways sometimes mirroring and often influencing jazz movements in USA and the rest of the world. Use this section of the site to browse profiles of British musicians and learn more about the UK's great contribution to the global jazz scene.
9th JanuaryBunch of Fives
Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa,Leavenheath, Eastern, 8.00pm;
16th JanuaryTom Green Septet
Burdalls Yard,Bath, South West, 8pm;
17th JanuaryWild Flower Sextet
Hive Media & Arts Centre,Shrewsbury, West Midlands, 8pm;