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The EJN Award 2016 goes to manchester jazz festival!

manchester jazz festival is delighted to be announced as the winner of the 5th Europe Jazz Network Award for Adventurous Programming, the first UK promoter to receive this prestigious Award.

Each year Europe Jazz Network, the Europe-wide association of promoters, presenters and organisations who specialise in creative music, contemporary jazz and improvised music, awards a European promoter who exemplifies the values of EJN and skilfully succeeds to create visionary and fascinating musical programmes for the audience.

Comment from the Award Jury 2016:
“The EJN Award is for ‘adventurous programming’ and this can be interpreted in many ways. Manchester Jazz Festival, now over 20 years old, has been adventurous in its policy of supporting emerging talent, jazz from across the North of England, and new work, rather than seeking the usual ‘big names’ for their programme. Through this they have brought to public attention many artists from the North who have gone on to gain national and international profiles- such as the Mercury Prize nominated band GoGo Penguin from Manchester. The Jury were unanimous in their appreciation for this approach and were delighted that the 2016 Award should go to this enterprising UK jazz festival.”

Previous winners of the EJN Award for Adventurous Programming were: “Moers Festival” in Germany (2015) “Jazz em Agosto” in Portugal (2014), “Bimhuis” in The Netherlands (2013) and “12 Points Festival” in Ireland (2012).

Steve Mead, Artistic Director of mjf, said:
“To receive news of this award is incredibly humbling and totally unexpected. It’s a tribute to all the hard work of mjf staff past and present, every single performing musician, our many venue partners and supporters and a testament to the creative jazz scene not only in Manchester and the north, but across the whole of the UK. In addition to our championing of new and original work, I’d like to think that our celebration of the undiscovered, our choice of collaborator and the curiosity of our continually growing audiences have all played a part in the EJN’s decision to grant this prestigious award to mjf.”

About the Europe Jazz Network
The Europe Jazz Network (EJN) was created in 1987 as a Europe-wide association. Currently EJN includes 113 organisations (festivals, clubs and concert venues, independent promoters and national organisations) in 31 countries. EJN’s mission is to encourage, promote and support the development of creative improvised music within the European scene and to create opportunities for artists, organisers and audiences from all different countries to meet and communicate.