Arts Council England funding of National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) for jazz 2014/2022

Arts Council England funding of National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) for jazz 2014/2022 Set below in Table 1 is the funding of the National Portfolio Organisations for 2014 to 2022.  Please note only those organisations are included whose activity is a…

How music streaming saved the music industry?

There was an article in the G2 section of the Guardian on the 25th April 2018 saying music streaming saved the music industry. Streaming may have saved some parts of the music industry but it carries problems for under-represented music…

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…

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…

Jazz Heritage Wales Annual Review 2016

Jazz Heritage Wales is based at Swansea Metropolitan University’s Library at Townhill Campus. Founded in 1986 by pianist and historian Jen Wilson, they became a registered charity in 1998.Jazz Heritage Wales celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a Gala Evening attended…

All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group

In December 2016 Chris was appointed by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group to act as their Secretariat. The Secretariat team is Chris and Sarah Pellew and details can be found at: All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group

Will Michael Jazz Education Awards 2016

I have just received details of the Will Michael Jazz Education Awards for 2016. The Will Michael Jazz Education Awards Panel is  chaired by Ivor Widdison. His colleagues on the Panel are Dr Catherine Tackley, Bill Martin, Andrea Vicari and Richard Michael.  The…

Response to the Culture White Paper

On the 2nd April I wrote to the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport. My letter is printed below. “Dear Mr Whittingdale Re: The Culture White Paper I read the Culture White Paper and I have a number…

John Evans 1934 – 2015

John Evans 1934 – 2015 John Evans 1934 – 2015 John was born July 21st 1934 in Cardiff. He started playing clarinet at 15.  With his first band rehearsals took place in his front room at home, when their neighbour…

An Unholy Row – Jazz in Britain and its Audience 1945 – 1960. Dave Gelly. Published by Equinox

Joshua Reynolds when he returned from his painter’s apprenticeship in Rome picked up a copy of Samuel Johnson’s biography of Richard Savage and read it “while he was standing with his arm leaning against a chimney-piece. It seized his attention…

Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights

On the 10th of September I attended a performance of City Lights at the Cadogan Hall sponsored by Citi and organised by Edicis. The event was to celebrate 125 years of British film. City Lights is Charlie Chaplin’s silent masterpiece…

A review of The Knowledge. Jazz by John Fordham

The Knowledge. Jazz by John Fordham was published by Quadrille on the 2nd July and is priced at £10. The book is one of a series of information-led pocket guides with the purpose of introducing a range of subjects ranging…

National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain at Southwark Cathedral July 1st 2015

In the glorious surroundings of Southwark Cathedral the politicians  nonsense of broken Britain was kicked firmly in the seat of the pants and into the Thames. The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain ably…

Arts Council England’s “Ambition for Excellence Fund” and a twenty five year vision

In the Guardian on the 28th May 2015 “Arts Council boss promises more of a two way street”. The new CEO of the Arts Council Darren Henley was at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards at the House of Commons on the…

Congratulations to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra celebrating fifty years

An excellent article in June’s edition of Jazzwise by Andy Robson. NYJO are celebrating fifty years. They used to say life begins at forty but in this case,  life roars ahead at fifty. Congratulations to Bill Ashton, Nigel Tully, Jack…

Arts Council England – A policy for the support of jazz in England – Published 1996

The Arts Council published a policy for the support of jazz in 1996 and then 4 years later it was dropped in favour – as I recall – of “the bigger picture”. Needless to say no real resources had been…

Jazz In Issue 29 Oct-Dec 1993 Arts Council Review of Jazz

In 1993 the Arts Council announced they were conducting a review of jazz. Jazz In , the precursor to Jazz UK published an editorial on the review. Reading the editorial will engender a profound sense of deja vu. Please see Arts…

Public investment in jazz – or the lack of it

I have just completed a paper on “Public investment of jazz – a coherent policy for jazz, changing demographics, live music and coping with the increasing supply of jazz musicians”. This paper examines: A level playing field for jazz The…

My latest enquiries at the Arts Council

Firstly the Arts Council’s magazine Create – vanity publishing in an age of austerity. I looked into the Arts Council’s publication of their magazine “Create”. “The publication cost £16,999 to commission the essays. Nineteen contributors in all, of which only…

Welcome to chrishodgkins.co.uk!

Until May 13th at midnight I was the Director of Jazz Services for 29 years until I retired at midnight on May 13th 2014. Jazz Services is the national organisation funded by Arts Council England since 1970 to provide services…