The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award

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  • UK
  • Applications have closed
  • Open Call
  • UK
  • Applications have closed.

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The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award has been supporting early career jazz musicians for over 30 years. It supports exciting emerging jazz musicians with £5,000 towards their music and career plans.

The Award has become an influential accreditation recognised across the scene and has previously supported the likes of: Xhosa Cole, Soweto Kinch, Errollyn Wallen MBE, Dave O’Higgins, Gwilym Simcock, Roller Trio and more.

The awardee receives: 
– £5,000 in financial support towards their work. This could include recording new material, a period of mentoring, promotional activity and much more
– one-to-one business advice, tailored to their needs and delivered via experienced music industry professionals

An additional £5,000 is also distributed between applicants who demonstrate potential to make an impact in the jazz scene. These awardees will also receive one-to-one business advice each.

Is this for me? 
This Award supports emerging and early career jazz artists or groups with the creativity and ambition to build a career in music.

If you are a jazz creator at a tipping point in your career, and you can demonstrate that the proposed activity in your application will help you reach the next stage of your career, then the Peter Whittingham Award is for you.

We welcome applicants from all walks of life, particularly those who are currently underrepresented in jazz such as women, people with disabilities, and individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK.

See the full eligibility and application guide here.    

Stage One: Application 
Stage One is to complete the application form, detailing your career so far and the creative activities the £5,000 could support you to achieve.
Deadline: Monday 18 October, 9am. 


Stage Two – Artist Development Day 
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an artist development day at Premises Studios in East London on Tuesday 16 November. Further information will be communicated to those successfully shortlisted by the end of October.

The History 
Peter Whittingham was a distinguished scientist, an expert in survival medicine and a keen amateur pianist, with a love for the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Leonard Bernstein and Oscar Peterson. Following his death in 1987, his family set up a charitable trust in his memory to provide an annual music award aimed at encouraging composition and performance of popular music.
If you have any questions about the support we can offer, want to talk through your plans, or are looking for advice about the application process, book some time to talk it through with one of the Creative team here.


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