PRSF Talent Development Partner
mjf is delighted to announce that it has been selected as a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner for 2016. mjf is one of only three new Talent Development Partners in the North West and the only one in the UK working exclusively in jazz. Working at the frontline of talent development in the UK, the selected organisations have been chosen for the quality and range of opportunities they are offering in their region/music specialism and the year-round impact their work is having on the music creators they support. Steve Mead, Artistic Director, mjf said, “We’re tremendously excited and proud to be chosen as one of the Foundation’s new Talent Development Partners: this award is a valued recognition of our ongoing support for the northern jazz community. It will enable us to deepen and extend our assistance to the music creators we commission through mjf originals – the first and still the only open professional jazz commission in the UK – as well as enabling the new music element of our core festival programme to flourish. We will also be helping emerging and mid-career jazz musicians in the north up their game through a series of ‘Get More Gigs’ sessions, in partnership with Jazz North, throughout the year.” Vanessa Reed, Executive Director of PRS for Music Foundation said, “We are proud to be supporting such a strong and diverse group of organisations which have the needs of talented UK music creators at the centre of their plans. I look forward to following each partner’s projects and initiatives as well as helping this network to share insight into the current challenges facing individual artists across the UK and increasing opportunities for a broader range of artists to receive the help they deserve at crucial moments in their career.” About PRS for Music Foundation PRS for Music Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres. Since 2000 PRS for Music Foundation has given more than £22 million to over 5,200 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS for Music Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas. www.prsformusicfoundation.com | @PRSFoundation The other NW recipients are: Liverpool City Council for the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF), which includes the award winning LIMF Academy, and Manchester-based Psappha, the only stand-alone, professional contemporary classical ensemble in the North of England.