mjf artists' submissions 2016

2017 Artists Zone

If you have been offered a gig at Manchester Jazz Festival 2017, congratulations! Please use the password you have been issued to access this area and provide the information requested in your confirmation email.

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Submissions for 2017 are now closed. Fancy a gig at mjf 2018?

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 2017 programme to get a feel for some of the artists who are appearing this year. 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: make sure you read through the guidelines and then fill in the online form.

Irwin Mitchell mjf originals 2017

This is a unique opportunity on the UK jazz landscape – the chance to devise, rehearse and premiere a major brand new work at mjf, and to have all aspects of the creative process supported financially and logistically by mjf.

The Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission is aimed at developing the profile of artists living and working in the North West, so this is a top priority when we consider proposals, as well as the quality of the concept.

Andy Stamatakis-Brown by Jo Mair

Andy Stamatakis-Brown by Jo Mair

This year’s winner is Andy Stamatakis-Brown, whose new work, Cottonopolis, will be premiered at mjf on Thursday 3 August in a mystery venue. Previous winners include Neil Yates, John Ellis, Olivia Moore, Anton Hunter and Ben Cottrell.

Applications are now closed



mjf introduces

Submissions for 2017 are now closed, but if you would like to check the criteria for future applications then please click the button below.

If you’re aged 16-25, based in the North West and are yet to break into the professional gigging circuit, then mjf introduces is for you.

This scheme is all about young regional bands on the first step of their career in jazz.

A gig at mjf awaits the very best applicants, so give it your best shot and send us your music and application form here.

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