Apply now for £10,000 jazz award

Jazz musicians Soweto Kinch

Emerging jazz musicians are invited to apply for the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, a £10,000 fund to cover recording, touring and promo costs.

Who can apply?

The prestigious award is open to solo musicians or groups of up to eight. To be eligible you need to be at a tipping point in your career, and have demonstrated creativity, ambition and commitment.

Jazzers of all walks of life can enter and the judging panel is keen to encourage groups currently underrepresented in the genre: women, people with disabilities and individuals from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Timeline for applications

The application deadline is 14 October, after which shortlisted candidates will be invited to audition in November for a panel of judges.

The prize

The winner of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award will receive £5,000. This can be used for creative projects, and activities that support their creative and professional development. This could include recording, touring and collaborations. But that’s not all, a further £5,000 is available for up to three rising talents.

Now in its 29th year, the award is administered by charity Help Musicians UK. Lucy Bampton, Head of Creative Programme, says: “We have seen some amazing talent develop through this award and we are certain this year will be no different.”

Who was Peter Whittingam?

He was an expert in survival medicine and a pianist who enjoyed the music of Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim, Bernstein, Shearing and Peterson. After his death in 1987, his family set up the award in his memory and their connection with it continues. Past recipients include Soweto Kinch, Errollyn Wallen MBE, Dave O’Higgins, Gwilym Simcock and Roller Trio.

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