Thursday, 20 July 2017

Wigan Jazz Festival hosts the Norvoljazz July network

Northern Jazz promoters held their latest Norvoljazz network meeting hosted by Ian Darrington of Wigan Jazz Festival on 8 July.  Full copies of the minutes can be viewed on The pies were wonderful (!)

The network was healthy with much innovative work going on by volunteer promoters, with the Jazz North East Women make music scheme, new jazz festivals in Newcastle and Leeds and the "Fish Tales" music and poetry commission developed and promotes in venues and schools by Gill Wilde of Grimsby Jazz. The network also noted the sad demise of two long running Northern promoters - Doncaster Jazz and Leeds Fusebox.

Some highlights were as follows-

1. Jazz promoter internship scheme – the was agreed to go ahead with a joint bid by Jazz North and Norvol to Arts Council England for a none month paid internship scheme to help voluntary promoters with succession planning and provide opportunities for younger promoters to learn the jazz promotion ropes.  Northern clubs and promoters would be contacted in the near future with outline of the project and an expression of interest form to apply for hosting one of the internships
2. Emerging artists programme– interested Northern promoters were asked to offer dates in April and early May 2018 for a Norvoljazz emerging artists programme to take three groups from final year BA jazz student from Leeds College of Music
3. Peer reviews –agreed to offer Northern promoters who were interested a chance to be involved in peer review and evaluation  - and to put forward a couple of gigs in their forthcoming programme that can be offered out for peer review by other clubs and promoters

Next network to be held at Scarborough Jazz festival on Sat 23 September 10 for coffee, 10.30am start- 1.00pm. All jazz clubs and promoters welcome to attend.

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