The Jazz Promotion Network grew out of informal discussions between jazz promoters, who felt the need to increase the profile and health of the music, and developed into a proposal to set up a formal network.
The JPN has now achieved charitable status. The initial Working Group has been reconstituted as a Board, all of whom are acting on a voluntary basis. Our mission is to encourage, promote and support the development of opportunities for organisers, audiences, and artists in the realm of jazz and related music.
As a membership organisation, proposals are discussed regularly with the broader membership. The initial meeting was held in Bristol in 2013 and an inaugural two-day conference was held in Manchester in 2014. There have been subsequent members’ meetings each year since then and the first formally constituted AGM was held in 2016.
By 2016 JPN membership was close to 80 organisations and included individual members from across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Initial funding has been obtained by asking members to contribute a small subscription – see the Membership page. We are actively seeking additional sources of funding, for example Arts Council England, Trusts and Foundations, or possibly commercial activities.
The Jazz Promotion Network aims to:
- create collaborations which will build audiences for a jazz and related musics
- support the development of skills and opportunities for artists and promoters
- encourage and enable partnerships and communications between members
- create mechanisms for co-commissioning, touring, and other collective projects
- facilitate and enable collaborations, partnerships and communications with other organisations in the British Isles and internationally
- support and link with education and participation activity in jazz at all levels
- contribute to advocacy and awareness of jazz and related musics
- help foster growth in the jazz ecology