Eleanor Ward

The Jazz Promotion Network (JPN), the only UK and Ireland-wide network of jazz industry professionals has appointed Eleanor Ward in a senior strategic position as the organisation embarks on an exciting period of change. 

Joining the charity as Network Development Director, she will lead on a sectoral consultation project, develop new activity plans and oversee major funding bids to help shape the future direction of JPN. 

Eleanor is the former Executive Director of the charity Nonclassical, a small but influential contemporary classical music promoter and record label based in East London.

She has also worked in arts funding for Arts Council England and PRS Foundation, as Programme Manager for music education charity Sound Connections, Festival Producer for Field Day and Spitalfields Music Festival, co-founder and Project Director of Street Orchestra Live, and as a freelance music consultant and creative producer for a range of artists and music organisations.

Eleanor is also a trustee for Good Vibrations, a charity that supports prisoners and ex-prisoners, patients in secure hospitals and other vulnerable members of the community through communal music-making projects. 

Outgoing JPN Chair Steve Mead said: “We’re delighted that Eleanor has joined the JPN team as Network Development Director to help lead cross-sector consultations and develop a fundraising strategy that will inform our activities for the next business plan period. 

“El’s vast experience in leading similar networks, working for funding bodies and consulting for a wide range of music organisations of varying scales will be invaluable for JPN – as will her vibrant enthusiasm and passion for jazz. Welcome to JPN!”

Network Development Director Eleanor Ward added:I’m really excited to be joining JPN as Network Development Director at this exciting time of reopening and revival for the sector. The role brings together my love of jazz and what is at the heart of my work – supporting and developing artists and organisations. 

“I look forward to working strategically with the Board, the wider membership of JPN and everyone involved in the promotion of jazz across the UK and Ireland.”

Eleanor’s appointment also comes with several new additions to the JPN board. 

Elected at the 2021 JPN AGM in November, seven new trustees have joined award-winning musician, composer and educator Orphy Robinson, Roger Wilson (Black Lives In Music), Penny King (Royal Welsh College of Music and Dance) and Barney Stevenson (Marsden Jazz Festival). 

The latest additions to the JPN team are JPN co-founder Nod Knowles, former Head of Programming at Edinburgh International Jazz Festival Agnese Daverio, The Jazz Centre UK’s Mark Kass, Programme Manager at Jazz North Heather Spencer, radio host Peter Slavid and musician, promoter and educator Keith Michael

The current Vice-Chair of the JPN Board and former Performance Programme Director for Sage Gateshead, Ros Rigby has also been re-elected as a trustee. 

Follow the link for more information about JPN’s new trustees.

You can contact Eleanor Ward at eleanor@jazzpromotionnetwork.org.uk