Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf) takes your privacy very seriously and is committed to protecting your personal information. This privacy policy sets out the way in which any personal information you provide to us is used and kept secure by mjf. It applies whenever we collect your personal data (including when you use our website or other digital platforms), so please read it carefully.

Privacy and Data Protection Statement and Policy

This policy details how Manchester Jazz Festival collects, processes, stores and secures personal data.

We will always aim to be clear and transparent regarding all our requests for personal data and are legally bound to only use that data for the express purpose(s) agreed at the point the data is submitted to us.

Please note, customers are under no obligation to share personal data with us. However, the provision of certain pieces of personal data will help us to give our customers the best possible service we can.

This policy was last updated in February 2020 in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

For reference, GDPR is an EU law on data protection and privacy for individuals in the EU. It applies to any company processing personal data of EU citizens and aims to give EU citizens more control over their personal data.

What is Personal Data?

Personal Data is anything that can be used to identify an individual directly or indirectly.

In many situations this can be as simple as their name and contact details (such as address, phone number or email) but may sometimes include more detailed information depending on the nature of their engagement with us.

Data Definitions

mjf is legally defined as a Data Controller

Employees of mjf are legally defined as Data Processors

The individuals mjf engage with that provide personal data are legally defined as Data Subjects

When and How do we collect personal data?

All the following are common situations where we might request personal data from individuals:
• When purchasing tickets for our events
• When signing up to our mailing lists
• When signing up to any of our engagement, participation or volunteering programmes
• When applying for a job at mjf
• When becoming a supporter/member/donor

We will always make it clear what data we are collecting from you during these transactions and why we are requesting it.

Image Capture

We may also capture your image in the photography or video recording of an event for promotional purposes. If you would prefer not to be included in any image recording, please speak to mjf volunteer. They will be wearing a staff pass at the event and will provide information on how to make sure you are not included. Notices will be posted at the entrance to any venue where photography or video recording is planned, with similar information.

Website Data

In addition, the following data may also be collected automatically when you visit our website:
• IP address
• Referring website (if you followed a link to get to our website)
• Web browser and device
• Cookies (see below)
• Time and date of visit
• Web pages visited
• Geographical location

This statistical data is collected with the express purpose of aiding our understanding of the areas of interest on our site and is kept only for as long as is required for this purpose.


A cookie is a small file which asks for permission to be placed on your device’s hard drive. If you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or records when you visit a site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

At mjf we use cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to user needs. A cookie does not give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

All the above are standard online identifiers which can be detected by Google Analytics – which, like many other organisations we use to monitor the activity on our website. Please visit Google Analytics Terms of Service for further details.

Third party website links

Our website and associated electronic communications may contain links to other websites not operated or controlled by us (“Third Party Sites”). The policies and procedures detailed in this policy do not apply to such sites. mjf takes no responsibility for the content or data processing activities and policies of third-party sites.

How we use personal data

All personal data collected, processed and stored by mjf is only collected with the prior notification of the scope and nature of the processing activity (i.e. how it will be used).

In relation to the personal data listed above, this will include ‘Opt in’ and/or ‘Permission’ on online forms regarding mailing lists, participation sign up or the provision of details on a job application or engagement with us contractually.

In advance of any data processing activities, we complete and log an internal data activity. This document details the scope of activity and how and why the data is being processed.
This then forms the basis of a Privacy Notice – which is included on any digital or paper form which requests the submission of personal data.

Security and storage of Personal Data

All of mjf’s electronic and physical storage facilities have been reviewed to comply with GDPR in May 2018.

In the case of electronic systems, this has meant a phased move to a secure, cloud based and closed IT system – with access being controlled by a centralised IT Administrator.

In the case of physical storage, we have reviewed this to ensure that all printed data is audited and maintained in secure storage units, with access restricted to ensure that employees only have access to the data sets that are relevant to their area(s) of work.

Why we use Personal Data

We process personal data to:
• Fulfil a Contract (e.g. to provide a ticket for an event). This sort of processing includes name, address, phone, email and credit card details and any access specific information that a purchaser may choose to share with us in advance of attending one of our events.
• Communicate on a Consent basis. This includes some elements of direct marketing (e.g. signing up to and having granular access to different strands of e-communication from us or using such emails to communicate additional offers/opportunities to members or participants who have signed up to receive them).
• Fulfil Legal Obligations, which covers employment/engagement details for those working for, with and in association with us. It also covers data capture relating to safeguarding (e.g. children and vulnerable adults).
• Convey Legitimate Interest. This reflects elements of outward facing communication which we have assessed and determined is reasonable, proportionate, clearly defined and justifiable within the scope of GDPR. As part of the work we do to help us understand the individuals, businesses and trusts or foundations who might be interested in supporting the work of MJF, we might, from time to time, seek additional information relating to a small number of individuals.
Individuals’ Rights

As a Data Subject, individuals have legal rights regarding the information we hold about them.
• Access – the right to know what personal data is being processed and how. Individuals can therefore request access to the personal data we process.
• Rectification – the right to ask us to amend, update or correct any personal information we have.
• Portability – the right to receive their personal data held by us in a format that can be transferred to another data controller
• Erasure – the right to be forgotten – i.e. for us to erase any personal data we possess (except for employee records and records of financial transactions which are detailed in our audited accounts).

If you would like to request Access, Rectification, Portability or Erasure of information we hold about you, please contact us using the details in the ‘Contact’ section at the end of this policy. You will need to provide us with a description of the information you would like to see, together with proof of your identity. If you are unhappy with the way we have processed your personal data you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Exclusions (Legal & Regulatory)

On rare occasions we may disclose Personal Data if required to do so by law in order to (for example) respond to a legal challenge, a court or government agency, or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
• comply with a legal obligation
• protect or defend our rights in a court of law
• protect against legal liability
• co-operate with the Police or a regulatory or government authority investigating illegal activities

Third Party Contractors
In some instances we use established and accountable third-party service providers who work on our behalf. Examples include:
• Card payment processing of transactions relating to payment for goods and services (e.g. online ticket sales)
• Third party mailing houses, email providers (e.g. Mailchimp) and marketing agencies
• Our Website hosting and ticketing/CRM system providers
• Research Companies who help us to understand our audience to enable us to improve our service
• Third party advertisers (such as Facebook or Google)
Anyone who provides a service such as these on our behalf will enter into an agreement with us and will meet our data security standards. They will only use your data for the clearly defined service that they are providing on our behalf and are, in effect accountable in terms of complying with this policy
As MJF is partially funded by Public Sector bodies (including the Arts Council and Manchester City Council) we also need to provide a range of quantitative and qualitative data in order to support such funding. Most of this data is anonymised and for the express purpose of meeting our conditions of funding.

Contact Us
If you have any questions or concerns about the way in which we handle your personal information or would like to request Access, Rectification, Portal or Erasure please address your query via:
Email: festival@manchesterjazz.com
Phone: 0161 393 4367
Write: Manchester Jazz Festival, 151 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WD
Under the terms of GDPR we are then obliged to respond to you within 30 days. For further, detailed information on the General Data Protection Legislation please refer to the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office.

You can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Office using their online form: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email