30th anniversary of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award offers more support than ever before

A banner image showing a person playing a saxophone, advertising the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2020.

In its 30th year, the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award will reach more musicans than ever before thanks to increased investment, offering an expanded funding package across creativity, health and business.

Help Musicians is marking 30 years of its influential Peter Whittingham Jazz Award by doubling its investment to £20,000, supporting more careers of promising musicians in the genre than ever before.

The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award provides financial grants to emerging jazz acts to support those at a career tipping point. To mark three decades of the Award, and at a time when the landscape is so challenging yet the scene so vibrant, Help Musicians has increased its investment so as to support jazz artists across the breadth of their needs. This year will see three acts receive the £5,000 grant and, for the first time, the awardees will receive tailored 1:1 business advice sessions with industry experts.

We know that now, more than ever before, musicians need vital funding to support their creative practice, their independent business models, and to innovate in response to the ever-changing global situation. This year, in addition to the financial grant and advice sessions, awardees will also have access to health resources through our partner, British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).

An additional £5,000 will be available in Help Musicians Development Awards for applicants who demonstrate potential to make an impact in the jazz scene.

Over the past 30 years, the Award has supported many leading jazz musicians including Help Musicians Ambassador Soweto Kinch, Errollyn Wallen MBE, Dave O’Higgins, Gwilym Simcock and Roller Trio.

Applications are open from Wednesday September 16 to Monday October 12 and can made via the Help Musicians website here.

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