Peter Whittingham Jazz Award
The annual award of £4,000 is available for a creative jazz project. Over the past twenty years it has been awarded to many of today’s leading jazz musicians, providing crucial help at the start of their careers.
Who we can help
This award is open to emerging individual jazz musicians or groups showing talent and innovation. Previously funded projects have included jazz festivals, education workshops and creative website design.
The 2012 Peter Whittingham Award recipient was jazz trumpeter and composer Reuben Fowler who used the £4,000 to record his critically acclaimed debut album.
How to apply
We are delighted to launch the 2013 Peter Whittingham Jazz awards. To apply please read the guidelines and complete the application form below. Please ask a referee to support your application by submitting the reference form on your behalf by the deadline. It is important that the reference form is submitted directly by your referee. Applications received after the deadline or without a reference will not be accepted.
Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Guidelines
Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Application Form
Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Reference Form
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 12 November 2013 and the auditions will be held at the Premises Studios in East London on Tuesday 3 December.
If you need any further information please contact Elizabeth Sills on firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7239 9110
History of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award
Peter Whittingham was an expert in survival medicine. He was a gifted pianist who particularly enjoyed the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, George Shearing, and Oscar Peterson. Peter died in 1987 and his family set up a trust in his memory, which has been administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund since 1989. Peter's son Chris chaired the auditions until his death in 2012 but the Whittingham family’s connection with the award continues.
Over the past twenty years, the award has established itself as one of the most prestigious in UK jazz with a roll call of leading jazz musicians to its name. Previous recipients include Scott Stroman, Errollyn Wallen, Dave O’Higgins, Soweto Kinch, Gwilym Simcock, Empirical, Led Bib and Roller Trio who were nominationed both for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize and for best jazz act at the 2012 MOBO awards.