mjf hothouse offers opportunities for northern jazz artists to develop new work over an extended period of time, presenting their “works-in-progress” at special open rehearsals in Autumn and Spring in front of an invited audience of industry specialists, programmers, mentors, festival staff and festival friends.
mjf is transforming the way in which new music is made, and in which under-the-radar artists are spotted: hothouse reaches for artists who might lack the confidence or the vocabulary to articulate ideas through standard application processes. Selected artists are given freedom to experiment and take artistic risks without fear of failure or the pressure to deliver a finished piece. They receive tailored artistic, marketing, production, business and wellbeing mentorship through a bespoke workshop and individual mentoring and also benefit from paid rehearsal and performance time so that they are not out of pocket for taking part.
The first round of hothouse was a resounding success, with participants remarking: “jazz is difficult to start with, it’s reassuring to have a programme that offers easier application” – Vicente Magalhaes. It is not only the use of a simpler application process that has benefited the musicians, but also the provision of an industry mentor with participants saying “I have been given a wonderful mentor by mjf for this project, Julia Payne. The mjf team identified that I needed a mentor with contacts beyond the north and she is a perfect match” – Maja Bugge.
Applications for mjf hothouse open on the 19 January 2018, you can find the full application criteria on our tips for applying page here. Please do not submit applications before the 19 January as we will not be able to process these submissions.
mjf hothouse is supported by: