Submissions for 2017 are now closed.

Fancy a gig at mjf 2017? Remember, we’re a contemporary jazz festival and we champion artists playing original work – especially those living and working in the North West of England.

Check out our 2016 programme to get a feel for some of the artists who have appeared in the past. We were the first festival to pioneer an open artists’ submission system and it still forms the basis of our programme today.

It’s easy to get your music through to us and we listen to it all – just read the 3 sections below then continue to the application form.

1. Check the deadline

The deadline for artists’ submissions is 5pm on Friday 9th December 2016After this date, the application form will no longer be available.

  • If you performed at mjf 2016, then you won’t be eligible for 2017 – sign up for our newsletter and we’ll let you know when the 2018 submissions are available. If your band performed in 2015, you are welcome to apply but we are likely to prioritise others when creating the programme.
  • If you haven’t heard from us by 28th February 2017, please assume we have not been able to offer you a place in the programme this time. We regret that we are unable to offer feedback on submissions.

2. Check you have everything for submission (e.g. audio files)

  • To give yourself the best chance of getting a gig at mjf, please make sure you send us the highest quality materials possible – this includes audio, website, band description and artist/band images.
  • High quality audio and images enable us to promote your gig to audiences much more successfully.
  • Any audio should be posted online, preferably on Soundcloud or Bandcamp, or your own site.
  • Any images should be uploaded to or another file sharing platform where the links don’t expire.
  • If you don’t have music online, share audio (e.g. mp3) or images with us via a Public Dropbox folder:
    • Register with
    • Name each mp3 file with your band name and track title
    • Drop each music file into your public folder
    • Then right-click/control-click this file, then choose Dropbox > Copy Public Link.
    • This copies the Internet link to your file so that you can paste it into the submission form.

3. Finally, check the eligibility criteria:

For more information on mjf’s approach to programming, please visit About. On an average year, 5% of all our UK artists’ submissions feature in the programme.  20% of the programme is national and 5% international. In the interest of fairness for musicians and audiences, we try to limit the number of appearances by specific musicians in any one festival. This is taken into account when we build the programme.

Before continuing to the application form, please read the guidelines below and check that you meet the criteria.

Does your music help us meet our priorities?

mjf’s programming policy gives priority to:

  • contemporary jazz
  • artists based in the North West of England
  • new and/or original work
  • artists wishing to showcase work which creates an unusual or unique event for the festival programme
  • artists who help us present a diverse, fully representative programme

Did you perform at mjf 2016?

Bands that performed at mjf 2016 – or subtle variants of them – will not be considered for the 2017 festival. Individual musicians are, however, welcome to submit other projects for consideration.

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Can you provide a representative sample of your work?

Your chances of getting a gig are greatly increased by having music for us to listen to that accurately conveys the content of your performance, but we understand that this is not always possible for new projects. If the project is not recorded, you will need to provide as much written information as you can, describing the music and players. (See notes above about submission).

Do you have enough material?

mjf performances are typically one 60 min set in the daytime or two 50 min sets in the evening.

Would your performance be financially viable?

Pay rates are fixed and normally calculated on a per player basis. Exceptions exist in special circumstances – e.g. very large bands.

  • Travel expenses are only provided for artists based more than 50 miles from Manchester.
  • Accommodation is only provided when performance times or other factors prevent same day travel.

We would rather spend our valuable funds on artists’ fees, so please only request accommodation where necessary and strive to use public transport or car sharing wherever possible, to help us reduce costs and our carbon footprint. One band’s travel and accommodation bill could mean the difference between you getting a gig or not.