Manchester Jazz Festival (MJF) has been rewarded for its support of emerging talent, musicians from its immediate area and for encouraging new work. The Europe Jazz Network gave its 2016 Award for Adventurous Programming to the festival yesterday during MJF’s opening ceremony.
MJF is the fifth recipient of the award which has been previously won by 12 Points Festival (Ireland), Bimhuis (Netherlands), Jazz em Agosto (Portugal) and Moers Festival (Germany).
The Award Jury said: “The EJN Award is for ‘adventurous programming’ and this can be interpreted in many ways. Manchester Jazz Festival, now over 20 years old, has been adventurous in its policy of supporting emerging talent, jazz from across the North of England, and new work, rather than seeking the usual ‘big names’ for their programme. Through this they have brought to public attention many artists from the North who have gone on to gain national and international profiles- such as the Mercury Prize nominated band GoGo Penguin from Manchester. The Jury were unanimous in their appreciation for this approach and were delighted that the 2016 Award should go to this enterprising UK jazz festival.”
Steve Mead, MJF Artistic director, said: “To receive news of this award is incredibly humbling and totally unexpected. It’s a tribute to all the hard work of MJF staff past and present, every single performing musician, our many venue partners and supporters and a testament to the creative jazz scene not only in Manchester and the north, but across the whole of the UK. In addition to our championing of new and original work, I’d like to think that our celebration of the undiscovered, our choice of collaborator and the curiosity of our continually growing audiences have all played a part in the EJN’s decision to grant this prestigious award to MJF.”
- The Manchester Jazz Festival continues until Sunday 31 July. Full details are HERE.