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2017 hothouse programme names Maja Bugge, Rory Green and Vicente Magalhães as its first three participants

mjf has awarded places on the first round of its talent development programme ‘hothouse’ to Lancaster-based cellist Maja Bugge, Manchester-based guitarist Rory Green and Leeds-based pianist Vicente Magalhães. It offers three exciting and diverse artists the opportunity to experiment and develop new ideas in a safe and supportive environment.

The award winning manchester jazz festival (mjf) brings its exciting, eclectic and innovative mix of events to a variety of venues across Manchester city centre every July. Recognised for celebrating contemporary jazz through adventurous programming, hothouse is a new mjf strand that sees for the first time the festival operate outside of the 10-day festival period. The scheme will run twice a year for the next three years and offers successful applicants 6 weeks of industry mentoring in various areas such as; marketing, self-promotion and how to lengthen the lifespan of a project.

Hothouse is all about working with the artist on an individual basis to understand what they need to overcome barriers in their professional development – getting them to the next stage of their career. The programme will conclude with a ‘by invite only’ work-in-progress open rehearsal for industry specialists, other programmers, mentors, festival staff and a few festival friends, where Maja, Rory and Vicente will have the opportunity to showcase the work that they have created no matter its stage of development and gain specialist feedback.

As hothouse places emphasis on supporting the creative process and giving artists the opportunity to take risks and grow as artists we do not yet know what the outcome of the projects will be. The mjf team are excited to begin working with Maja, Rory and Vicente and cannot wait to see the diverse music that is yet to be created.

For the next three years hothouse is being supported by Help Musicians UK, Arts Council England and a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner award. The continuity of this support means that mjf will be able to provide a number of northern artists the opportunity to receive bespoke mentoring from the very best in the industry and gain valuable feedback for future project development with the intention of preparing them for the next stages of their careers.

Applications for round two of hothouse will open 19 January 2018.