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Final call for Artists’ Submissions

Artists’ Submissions close this Friday – 24 November 2017 at 12 noon

For the past 23 years, manchester jazz festival (mjf) has provided a platform for local, regional, national and international artists to get their work heard by our artistic director. Our artists’ submissions portal provides us with distinctive festival content that may not otherwise reach our attention, and provides artists with professional and sympathetic performance opportunities for risk-taking work that might not appeal to many other programmers.

mjf is not only about making contemporary jazz music accessible to audiences, but making the audiences accessible to musicians. At mjf, we welcome artists’ submissions from anyone who would like to be considered to perform at the festival – whether that be a solo vocalist, a 14-piece band, an unlikely combination of vocals and instruments or any other contemporary music formation that can be imagined. We are especially interested in bands and projects that further our celebrated priorities of championing female instrumentalists, artists from various cultural backgrounds, work that blurs the boundaries of genre definition and work that features north west artists.

We try to offer many different performance environments throughout the festival; however, we’d especially like to receive more submissions from acoustic-based duos and trios, and from bands suitable for outdoor performances.

We try to make our application processes and programming policy as open as possible, with each of the four mjf programme strands being open calls. mjf was the first festival to launch an open artists’ submissions process and it still forms a valuable part of our programming process today.

For those who are gig-ready, there is still opportunity to apply to be a part of the 2018 festival programme through the general Artists’ Submission form. Although we get hundreds of submissions each year, any proposals sent to us via this route will be listened to and considered equally alongside others. A gig at mjf can see you perform alongside some of the biggest names in jazz, such as Joshua Redman, GoGo Penguin, The Impossible Gentleman and Mercury nominees Dinosaur, so why not give it a go?

There is also time to apply for mjf introduces, our unique platform for northern artists and bands between the ages of 16 – 25. This has seen artists such as Mali Hayes, Lucy-Mae and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Alexander Bone perform on the mjf introduces stage to audiences in a packed-out Festival Square and Bridgewater Hall, and who go on to perform across the UK.

To apply for mjf 2018, submit your application on the mjf website by 12 noon on 24 November 2017, when applications close and the programming team have the pleasurable prospect of listening to each submission. We look forward to hearing yours!