Submissions for 2017 are now closed.

If you’re 16-25, based in the North West of England and 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 here.

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.

mjf 2017 dates: 28 July – 6 August.


1. Check the deadline

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

  • If you performed at mjf introduces 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 you haven’t heard from us by 5th 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 Dropbox.com or another file sharing platform where the links don’t expire.
  • If you don’t have any music online, share audio (e.g. mp3) or images with us via a Public Dropbox folder:
    • Register with Dropbox.com
    • Title each file with your band’s name and the 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.  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 band meet our priorities for mjf introduces?

Our priorities for mjf introduces is to offer high-profile performance opportunities to solo artists and bands:

  • With a minimum of 75% of band members aged 16-25
  • With a minimum of 75% of band members based in the North West of England (Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Merseyside)
  • Making their first steps into professional performance

What are we looking for in your music?

  • Good jazz instrumental ability and/or improvisation skills
  • Strong ensemble playing in bands
  • Enthusiasm and passion in your playing
  • Determination in your approach
  • Good ideas
  • Good presentation skills and audience rapport

Did you perform at mjf 2016?

Bands that performed at mjf introduces 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, 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?

  • You must be available for a day-time performance during mjf 2017
  • You must have between 30 and 60 minutes’ worth of gig-ready material

Will your performance be financially viable?

Rates are fixed and normally calculated on a £50 per player basis. Since mjf introduces is aimed at regional musicians, we are only able to offer travel expenses to musicians living over 50 miles from Manchester. Accommodation is not normally provided.