Northern Jazz Promoters Internship, CPD Workshops and Platform Sessions
Throughout 2021 – 2022 five jazz promoters in the North of England are training interns in learning how to promote world class jazz. The programme also includes a series of open workshops and discussion panels for existing jazz promoters to help support long term sustainability.
Jazz North East in Newcastle, Jazz Leeds, Wakefield Jazz, NQ Jazz in Manchester and Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues club are supporting training in aspects of jazz promotion in different environments, supporting those with an interest in jazz and the desire and potential to build their skills in promoting and developing audiences for the music.
The project which is funded by Arts Council England, is being delivered by Northern Jazz Promoters, with support from Jazz North and Project Manager Wesley Stephenson.
“Jazz musicians need places to play, and jazz audiences need places to listen to their favourite live music. These internships will give opportunities for people to learn all about the art of running and promoting jazz, and will also offer Northern jazz promoters new ways of developing their programmes.”
Steve Crocker – Chair Northern Jazz Promoters
“Voluntary Jazz promoters are at the heart of the UK jazz scene and we are really pleased that Arts Council England have recognised the strength and variety of promoters in the north of England through this innovative programme.”
Gill Wilde – Secretary Northern Jazz Promoters
The Northern Jazz Promoters gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants.
“Being part of the NJP internship scheme has been a great experience. I’ve gained a great deal of insight into promotion and fundraising, and have enjoyed getting involved with the running of gigs and festivals. I now feel I’m part of the local jazz community. I’ve had the opportunity to build on my existing writing and communication skills through creating newsletters and running social media accounts, as well as learn new skills and knowledge through in-person and online training. Working with the other interns on putting together a tour has been an exciting challenge, which has required teamwork and the development of new skills. I have also taken on the role of the treasurer, further expanding my skillset” – Stewart Smith (Jazz North East – Newcastle upon Tyne)
“Throughout my involvement with the NJP internship programme, I have continued to progress both personally and professionally, discovering exactly what goes into sustaining a sector fuelled primarily by the unparalleled passion of its promoters, provided with a unique opportunity to practically consider my place in the industry going forward.” – Hayley Jackson (NQ Jazz – Manchester)
“The highlight of the internship for me has been the opportunity to make new networks –
promoters, musicians, volunteers, audiences – across the North of England. What an amazing group of people investing so much passion, time and effort into making Jazz happen! Great to be a part of it all” – Ben Gilbert (Jazz Leeds / Wakefield Jazz)
“The internship has offered me the unique opportunity to build my confidence and learn the trade from preeminent promoters of jazz in the North. I have been able to secure my knowledge of the work in a supportive environment, which is invaluable when often in this industry the only way to learn how to put on events is to fail at putting on events” – Oliver Bolton (Jazz Leeds)