Perceptions of Leadership Progression Pathways and Nurturing Aspiring Female Jazz Leaders

A report by Dr Andrea Creech from the Institute of Education, University of London for the National Youth Jazz Collective, looking at an initiative to create new opportunities for young women to develop as leaders in jazz.

Fw: JAM's call for music is now open

Breaking NewsJAM’s Call for Music is now open

Closing date: Monday 30th November 2015
Submit music for JAM’s 2016 season launch concert at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London on 17th March.  The concert will be performed by The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Onyx Brass and Simon Hogan (organ), conducted by Michael Bawtree.   The submissions will be joined by JAM’s stunning commission by Thea Musgrave The Voices of our Ancestors.  This performance will be professionally recorded for composers to use in publicising their work.
In 2016, JAM will run 20 events.  Music submitted will be considered for repeat performance throughout the season.
Being part of the JAM is a real forum for skills and career development, working with professionals and mentoring from established composers.   Since launch in 2000, JAM has received close to 2000 submissions.
Anyone aged 18 or over may submit music to JAM if they are born, living or studying in the UK.  Every submission will be read by the JAM Creative Panel; Nicholas Cleobury (conductor), Daniel Cook (sub-organist, Westminster Abbey), Eric Crees (principal trombone, Royal Opera House), Michael Emery (producer BBC Singers), Timothy Jackson (composer, principal horn at Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Robert Jones (director of music, St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street) and Sarah MacDonald (director of Music, Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge and Ely Cathedral Girls Choir).
Submissions must be written for choir, brass quintet and organ OR any combination of these forces for performance with some of the UK’s most significant composers.  A solo trumpet piece is just as relevant as an organ and tenor piece or one for all forces.
A maximum time limit of 10 minutes per piece is stipulated. There is no minimum limit – a short fanfare is just as relevant as a 10 minute piece for all the forces.
Founded in 2000, JAM continues to be a rich forum for development.  Established composers and musicians are on hand, offering constructive critique.  Performances are attended by the general public and also publishers, commissioners, concert/festival managers and the media.
Composers must go to or click here for full details on how to submit.
Increasing its commitment to nurturing new music, JAM will shortly release details of a series of master-classes on writing for choir, brass and organ plus word setting.  Tutors involved in these master-classes include composer Judith Bingham, organist Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey) and Principal Horn of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Timothy Jackson.  JAM is meanwhile encouraging composers to register their interest via the website.
In JAM’s professional environment, each year the next generation of composers are mentored and inspired for a career in music, enriching their development that will benefit them forever.
“My association with JAM has not only been an invaluable experience, but essential to the development of my career as a composer.  It is a truly remarkable organisation that it crucial to broadening and maintaining the richness of contemporary classical music.”  Hannah Kendall, submission composer
“The exposure that JAM has given me has been great, leading to being published by Novello this year. I will always be very grateful to JAM for selecting my piece and investing their time in my career.” Phillip Cooke, submission composer
For over fifteen years now JAM has been putting on fascinating concerts, has commissioned a substantial body of new work, and given countless opportunities to emerging composers through their submissions scheme. Without them, the world would be a much duller place!  Gabriel Jackson
for more information about JAM’s Call for Music and how to submit
and register your interest in the master-classes
Sarah Armitage
Head of Marketing
(07771 782 890)
New music, we love it.

BASCA presents: Women of the World panel & concert

As part of the Equator Festival: Women of the World Series, BASCA is delighted to announce an afternoon of debate around the role and profile of female composers followed by a showcase from seven of their finest representatives from the world of classical, jazz and classical music. It takes place in Hall Two at King’s Place, London on 24 October 2015.