Ceating Opportunities

Creating Opportunities

Beyond our extensive education outreach, Spotlight also develops the careers of emerging and established jazz artists. Some receive invaluable career advice from industry professionals through our One-to-one Clinics, while others are given a platform to introduce their music to our audiences.

This year, our annual Jazz Exchange concert will welcome student musicians from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Conservatoire de Paris – two top institutions for studying jazz. The Showcase project opens doors for two emerging artists who have previously taken part in …around town by not only giving them the chance to play in our 600-seat Jazz Arena, but also offering a 6-month package of career support including a mentoring session with key music industry figures.

We have opened up more slots for exciting Support Acts to warm up the Town Hall crowds and our …around town programme invites local and national artists to play stages all across Cheltenham. Following on from the success of last year’s Hack the Jazz Festival event which explored ideas for new outdoor commissions at the Festival, we are keeping in touch with two artists from the group by supporting them with Research and Development grants to turn their ideas into future events.

The Festival team were willing to meet us as partners and collaborators, which is unique. When many large arts organisations are booking merely to sell tickets, Cheltenham has a very clear eye on the future and seeks to build for the long term.

Jack Abraham, manager of Kansas Smitty’s House Band

One-to-one Clinics and the Research and Development grants are kindly supported by Keith Norton and Louise Hewett. Showcase is kindly supported by The Oldham Foundation