mjf hothouse

mjf hothouse is a brand new paid opportunity aimed at musicians from across the north who have creative ideas for new music projects, yet who feel that they need more support to make them happen. mjf hothouse is especially aimed at artists who might eventually be working towards a new commission  such as mjf originals.

This is a 6-week scheme tailored to each participating ensemble. We don’t expect you to have everything worked out at this stage; we want to work with you during the process to help you express your ideas and make sure you have the chance to explore all the possibilities. You’ll receive expert guidance on all aspects of the music profession, enabling you to make music that expresses your ideas and reaches people.

We aim to be running a new round of mjf hothouse twice a year.

mjf artists' submissions 2016


Artists’ Submissions for 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 have appeared previously. 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.

Andy Stamatakis-Brown by Jo Mair

Irwin Mitchell mjf originals 2018

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.

Previous winners include Neil Yates, John Ellis, Olivia Moore, Anton Hunter, Ben Cottrell and Andy Stamatakis-Brown.

Mali Hayes by Majpics

mjf introduces 2018

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.