mjf announced as one of 34 PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners 2017/18

mjf has just been announced as one of the 34 organisations that will become Talent Development Partners for 2017/18 – working at the frontline of talent development in the UK, supporting a broad range of music creators across different music genres and UK regions. This reflects PRS Foundation’s commitment to supporting composers and songwriters of all backgrounds, either through direct investment or by helping organisations which nurture music creators and promote their music to audiences at home and overseas.

mjf and the other PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partners have been selected 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. Each Talent Development Partner will receive a grant from the Foundation for their year-round activity. Strategic partnerships allow partners to share best practice and encourages successful signposting of music creators between partners and PRS Foundation.

The network has been extended following the pilot programme for 2016/17 which enabled 23 organisations (including mjf) to develop the careers of thousands of music creators.

Last year, mjf’s PRS Talent Development Partner grant supported the Irwin Mitchell mjf originals 2016 project, when composer and bandleader, Ben Cottrell, was commissioned to write a new piece for the festival, called New Seeing.  The commission was a real celebration of Manchester talent as Ben and many of the ensemble were alumni of the RNCM and University of Manchester.

This year’s manchester jazz festival programme will be announced early May, when more details will be revealed about our exciting PRS Talent Development funded events.  Sign up for our e-newsletters here and don’t miss a beat!