Ever wanted to perform as part of an internationally renowned jazz festival? Well now you can! We are searching for musicians to participate in events all over the town as part of the 2019 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, with a range of opportunities from pop up performances to formal stages. From acoustic singer-songwriters, to full blown bands, we are welcoming everyone! We are also on the lookout for dancers, artists and street performers – that’s right – anybody can take part, not just jazz musicians!
The Around Town programme aims to fill the town centre with free music, with over 90 performances across the town and festival site in 2018! Performances take place during the Festival across a variety of outdoor pop up locations in the town centre, outdoor stages in the town centre and the Festival site, as well as pubs and clubs. Participating in the Around Town programme provides you with a fantastic platform to showcase your work and is a great way to get yourself noticed – jazz artists, agents and promoters are around morning and night taking in the jazz vibe over the festival period.
Additionally, we’re pleased to offer all Around Town applicants free 20-minute advice clinics with industry experts while you’re in Cheltenham for the Festival. This is your chance to sit down and have a one-to-one conversation with influential music industry figures to get advice on your career, help with any particular challenges you’re trying to overcome or get answers to your burning questions about the music business. Full details will be announced in February.
After the Festival we invite promising artists from the Around Town line-up to apply for our Showcase talent development programme for the following year. This is a bespoke package of career support including a mentoring session with key music industry figures, a performance in the Jazz Arena, career support from the festival team and more. This unique opportunity is only open to artists who have previously performed as part of Around Town, so apply now for Around Town to unlock this future opportunity.
We will pay a fixed contribution to expenses of £160 and your event and promo details will be listed in our dedicated Around Town flyer, on our website and the festival app. Additional opportunities may be available while you are at the festival, but these are not guaranteed.
How to apply for Cheltenham Jazz Festival …around town
In order to apply, please complete the registration form below. Please ensure you tell us the dates and times you are available. Of course, the more flexible you can be the better.
If successful, we will get back in touch with you to confirm your slot and to obtain further information in February. Unfortunately, apart from events on our outdoor stages, we cannot provide equipment at the venue on your behalf.
The deadline for applications is Friday 1 February 2019.
Showcase is made possible thanks to the support of The Oldham Foundation.
Advice clinic project is kindly supported by Keith Norton and Louise Hewett.