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Apply now for the Jerwood Jazz Encounters Programme

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Applications are open for the second cycle of the Jerwood Jazz Encounters Programme, an artist development opportunity for up to four early-career jazz artists to create and develop ground-breaking new ways to present jazz at Festivals and outdoor sites across England.

During the 18-month programme, artists will conceive and deliver an outdoor, site-specific or digital work to be hosted by one of the co-producing partners, as well as benefitting from a range of additional support and training throughout the programme including R&D funding, in-depth mentoring, participation in a Creative Lab and more.

Applications are open to UK-based jazz artists who have been working as a professional musician/composer/artist for between three and 10 years.

How to apply for Jerwood Jazz Encounters

In order to apply, please click ‘apply now’ to complete an application form.

Apply Now

Please click on the ‘Jerwood Jazz Encounters Programme Brief’ for more detailed information about the programme and application guidance.

Jerwood Jazz Encounters Programme Brief

Applications open on Monday 6 December 2021 and the deadline for applicants is 5:00PM on Monday 24 January 2022.

If you require an alternative format of the programme brief or application form, eg audio recording or large print, please contact jazzfestival@cheltenhamfestivals.com.

We are happy to receive questions about the opportunity or application process. Please contact jazzfestival@cheltenhamfestivals.com.

Here’s what one of our artists from Cycle 1 of the programme had to say:

Faye MacCalman said: “The Jerwood Jazz Encounters Programme has been a magical experience for me, providing the catalyst for me to take an idea way out of my comfort zone and bring it to life in a supportive, exciting and sensitive environment, including a transformative residency at Snape Maltings. I have been able to challenge myself, take risks and collaborate with other artists, and I believe the work I am making will have a life way beyond the programme duration which I am very grateful for.”