On this page you can submit your ideas for your mjf originals commission.
Please be mindful of the following in your proposal:
- There are no restrictions on style or scale, as long as the piece is deliverable with no more than six performers
- Your work must meet any distancing regulations in force at the time of performance
- Consider the overall safety of participants and audiences
- Travel restrictions might impact those who would need to travel long distances to participate
- Consider the safety requirements of unusual performance environments
- No equipment or instruments should be shared between performers
- Work must be presented with no interval
- Will any artists or others be put at risk by participating?
- Any activity undertaken through this offer is work, not social gathering, and should follow government guidelines for best practice at places of work
- Your music does not need to be programmatic or thematic, but you may wish to reflect mjf’s cornerstone aims to champion contemporary jazz artists living in the north and to create new opportunities for art form and audience development
- We support composition, devising, rehearsal and performance fees, reasonable travel expenses, artist per diems, venue costs, and other agreed production costs.
- We will support a maximum of three full rehearsals for the full ensemble (our rate is £75 per person per 3-hour session), a performance fee (£150 per performer) and your commission fee.
- Historically we have offered a commission fee calculated on the duration of the piece and the number of artists participating, once the works have been confirmed. Retaining this democratic principle, we aim to offer a maximum fee for each commission of £2,000 each, dependent on the above factors.
- We’ll also offer commissioned artists £500 in mentoring fees to mentor an mjf hothouse alumni artist for a specified number of sessions, and to lead a masterclass to the cohort. This is not a mandatory part of the offer but we encourage all commissioned artists to take part where possible.
How to send us your proposal
We’ve created a simple form below that allows you to tell us everything we need to know in order to reach a decision. Please be aware that you cannot save and return to this form or download a copy of your answers afterwards.
Not everybody likes or is able to best articulate their ideas via filling in forms, so to reduce as many barriers as possible, we will also accept video submissions that answer each of the questions. Film your answers on your phone, upload the video to WeTransfer and send it to mjf’s Artistic Director Steve Mead.
If you have any questions, if you need support, further details or need the application form in a different format, please contact mjf’s Artistic Director Steve Mead.