Calling all emerging jazz talent

Applications are officially open for the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the award, which since 1990 has helped launch the careers of an impressive collection of top UK jazz stars, such as Soweto Kinch, Empirical, Led Bib, Roller Trio and Phil Meadows.

Jazz SowetoThe 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 jazz course. The panel will be looking for outstanding talent, innovation and creativity and this year the winner will receive a grant of £5,000 to develop their career through funding a creative project.

Over the past 25 years the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award has supported a range of different creative projects, including album recordings, collaborative exchanges, film documentaries and large-scale live events. All of these projects have played a crucial part in developing artists further in the UK jazz scene and beyond.

In 2014 the award was given to Leeds-based band Stretch Trio, who are currently recording their second album, to be released later this year.

Auditions will take place at The Premises Studios, Hackney, on Wednesday 2 December 2015, with a panel of renowned jazz musicians and experts.

The deadline for applications is Monday 2 November at 6.00pm.

Jazz PhilThe award has given artists a platform to achieve further music industry recognition with both Led Bib and Roller Trio receiving nominations for the Mercury Music Prize, and more recently, recognition for 2013 winner Phil Meadows at the London Music Awards and Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Talent Programme Manager Tim Foxon says: “The roster of talent supported by the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award over the years has been phenomenal and we’re delighted that it remains one of our most prestigious and successful schemes. We’re looking forward to marking the 25th anniversary by supporting another exceptional rising jazz star, and watch this space for further news about how we’ll be celebrating the Whittingham family’s incredible legacy to music.”

If you think you have what it takes – or know someone who does - visit our dedicated Peter Whittingham Jazz Award page to find out how to apply.

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