Jazz Education Awards announced

Jazz Education Awards Trinity Laban Conservatoire hosted this year’s Will Michael Jazz Education Awards on 22 November 2017. Retiring Awards Panel chair, Ivor Widdison paid tribute to outstanding commitments to jazz education demonstrated by the following music education hubs and…

MusicTank announces that it is to receive the assets of JazzUK as part of that charity’s formal closure.

London: University of Westminster’s music business think tank and information hub, MusicTank, is delighted to announce that it is to receive the assets of JazzUK as part of that charity’s formal closure. With the funding landscape severely challenging JazzUK’s viability,…

JazzUK hands over the baton to MusicTank

     JazzUK hands over the baton to MusicTank JazzUK, formerly Jazz Services was, for 34 years, the voice of advocacy for Jazz in the UK.   As an Arts Council of England National Portfolio  Organisation, the charity targeted grant…

“Opera is often derided as elitist”

There was a leader article, “Opera is often derided as elitist”, in the Guardian on the 28th September 2017. Regrettably the article ignores the fact that opera in the UK receives a disproportionate amount of public subsidy compared to other…

Arts Council England’s funding decisions are based on the bounded rationality of the past

On  the 16th July 2017 the Observer reported that the Arts Council had rejected an application from the Music Venue Trust for support for venues. I am not surprised the Arts Council rejected the Music Venue Trust’s application, as the…

The Arts Council funds the arts in England for four years without coherent art form policies

The Arts Council has recently published funding for the four year national portfolio organisations. The Arts Council’s method of funding the arts in England is fatally flawed. The problem is that the funding decisions are not informed by a coherent…