Applications now open for Help Musicians’ prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 


Applications now open for Help Musicians’ prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 

Today, 5 September 2022, Help Musicians open applications for its prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, offering financial support towards a musical activity and business advice to a jazz musician or band at a tipping point in their career. Now in its 32nd year, it is awarded to a musician who can demonstrate their creativity and ambition to build a career within the jazz scene.

One musician will receive £5,000 in financial support that can be used to fund a range of activities including recording, filming, touring and mentoring, as well as one-to-one business advice tailored to their needs and delivered via experienced music industry professionals.

An additional £5,000 is distributed between two Development Awards for musicians who demonstrate the potential to make an impact in the jazz scene. Musicians who receive the Development Award will also benefit from half a day of business advice each.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an artist development day at Strongroom Studios in London on Wednesday 16 November. This will involve an opportunity to perform in front of a panel of jazz experts as well the chance to receive an hour 1:1 business development session with an industry expert. There will also be a ‘Get to know Help Musicians’ session with a member of our Engagement Team. An optional session with a performance anxiety specialist will also be offered to those wanting to receive advice on this topic prior to their performance over zoom.

Since starting in 1990, it has become an influential award, with previous winners including Soweto Kinch, Errollyn Wallen, Xhosa Cole and Roller Trio.

To find out more and receive tips on writing a great application, sign up to one of Help Musicians’ Get Set sessions [LINK:] happening throughout September.

Applications close at 9am on Monday 17 October 2022.

For eligibility and how to apply click here.

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