Rhythm and Reaction – The Age of Jazz in Britain – Two Temple Place - 27th January to 22nd April 2018

Rhythm and Reaction – The Age of Jazz in Britain – Two Temple Place – 27th January to 22nd April 2018

Rhythm and Reaction – The Age of Jazz in Britain – Two Temple Place – 27th January to 22nd April 2018 Rhythm and Reaction an exhibition of the age of jazz in Britain at Two Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD…

Response to the Industrial Strategy – Creative Industries Sector Deal

Industrial Strategy – Creative Industries Sector Deal Set out below is my response to the recently published (March 2018) Creative Industries Sector Deal that forms part of the Government’s industrial strategy. The document can be downloaded at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/695097/creative-industries-sector-deal-print.pdf 1 Analysis of…

Arts Council England – The Next Ten Years – The Conversation, Discussing a future strategy for arts, museums, libraries 2020 to 2030

Arts Council England has been conducting a “conversation” which is arts speak for consultation. The word that should have been used is debate. The consultation has been running for 12 weeks and concludes on the 12th April 2018. The Arts…

“Opera is many things to me. Elitist is not one of them” – please debate

In the Guardian on the 21st March 2018 there was an article, “Opera is many things to me. Elitist is not one of them”. Opera is not elitest as music it is the inequality of funding that sets it apart…

Jazz FM Awards 2018 – Nominees Announced

The nominations for the 2018 Jazz FM Awards have been announced. Bassist extraordinaire Thundercat, formidable vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, genre-bending bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, and pioneering trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah are all up for awards alongside the cream…

Arts Council England funding of National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) for jazz 2014/2018

 Arts Council England funding of National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) for jazz 2014/2018 National Portfolio Organisations for jazz NPO funding 14/15 £ NPO funding 15/16 £ % increase or (decrease) on 14/15 NPO funding 16/17 £ % increase or (decrease) on…

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…