JPN members Jez Matthews and Tony Dudley-Evans have obtained funding from Arts Council England to deliver this JPN pilot project, which takes recent graduates on a UK tour of member venues.

We’re delighted to announce that we have been successful in gaining Arts Council England funding for a pilot Emerging Talent scheme, providing a unique opportunity for young bands to perform a series of double bill concerts at established jazz venues.

The four bands selected are all led by alumni of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Leeds College of Music, and were showcased at the 2017 JPN conference.

The double bill concerts are as follows:

Samantha Wright Quintet and Bela Horvath Trio
3/10/18 The Lescar, Sheffield
5/10/18 Symphony Hall Foyer, Birmingham
9/10/18 Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Listen to Samantha Wright Quintet | Listen to Bela Horvath Trio

Josh Schofield Quartet and Morpher
24/10/18 The Lescar, Sheffield
25/10/18 Bonington Theatre, Nottingham
27/10/18 Kings Place, London
28/10/18 Future Inns, Bristol

Listen to Josh Schofield Quartet | Listen to Morpher

Two of the bands will also appear at the 2019 Manchester Jazz Festival.

The musicians involved will also receive mentoring and advice, and it is hoped that this pilot will lead to a much wider scheme that will benefit young musicians from across the UK from a full range of musical, educational, and social backgrounds.

The idea and funding bid were developed jointly by JPN members Jez Matthews and Tony Dudley-Evans, with guidance being provided by the JPN Board.