NEWS: Manchester Jazz Festival needs unsigned musicians (hothouse scheme – apply by 5 May)

A hothouse of a different kind
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Peter Bacon reports:

Manchester Jazz Festival – or mjf as it is trendily, lower-casedly known – has opened the doors of its hothouse project, an opportunity for musicians from the North of England of any age over 18 to show off their talents at this festival, which runs this year from 23 to 27 May.

Helen Goodman, Talent Development Associate for mjf, explained:

“hothouse is for unsigned musicians at all stages of their career, who haven’t yet secured a major opportunity or commission yet and have a new idea they want to try out. It's a free scheme for artists looking to develop ideas, hone their craft and move onto the next step. hothouse is an opportunity to overcome barriers that may have prevented artists from furthering their careers, giving them the chance to develop an idea in a supportive environment.”

She added: “It’s important to us that we try to reach as many independent artists. There is no upper age limit but applicants must be aged 18+ and be based within the North of England.”

Benefits include up to £2,300 to cover creation time, rehearsals, etc; mentoring with industry specialists; workshops; a 10-15 minute performance slot; networking opportunities.

In order to get the word out she is asking people to share the call-out, and you can do this by just sharing the link to this story. Applications close on 5 May 2019.

LINK: More info and apply here.

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