Help Musicians UK launches search for top emerging jazz talent

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2014.

This prestigious award recognises and supports exciting emerging jazz talent. It has helped to launch the careers of some of the UK's top jazz stars, including Soweto Kinch, Errollyn Wallen MBE, Empirical, Led Bib and Roller Trio.

The 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 the winner will receive a grant of £4,000 to develop their career through funding a creative project.

The 2013 Peter Whittingham Award winner was saxophonist and composer Phil Meadows, who used the grant to develop new cross-genre ensemble the Engines Orchestra. The orchestra are collaborating with the Phil Meadows Group to record a new suite of music ‘Lifecycles’, launching with a live performance at this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival on 22 November. After winning the Peter Whittingham Award, Phil went on to receive funding from Arts Council England for this ambitious project and also won Jazz Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Phil (pictured top right) says:

“The Peter Whittingham Award came at a crucial moment in my career. It’s enabled me to develop my creative ambitions and profile as a musician, composer and band leader in a way that would not otherwise have been possible. It’s kickstarted the Engines Orchestra - a project that’s moving faster than I could have ever imagined!”

Auditions will take place at The Premises Studios, Hackney, on Thursday 4 December 2014, with a panel of eminent jazz musicians and experts.

The deadline for applications is Friday 7 November at 5.00pm.

If you think you have what it takes, visit our dedicated Peter Whittingham Jazz Award page to find out more about how to apply.

We’re over on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there for updates, or help spread the word using the hashtag #PWJazzAward2014

(Phil Meadows photo credit: Roberto Zampino)

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