We want you to play the mjf 2019 launch!

Musicians! We want you to play at the launch of mjf 2019.

Whether you’re an amateur jazz musician that’s just started learning or have years of experience, we have an opportunity for you to play at the opening event for this year’s mjf.

mjf is looking for musicians – any age, any standard, any style – to take part in the launch of this year’s festival in St Ann’s Square from 4 – 5pm on Thursday 23 May.

All you need is an instrument that you can play whilst walking and that doesn’t require amplification. And the best thing? There is no music to learn, you just need the groove and ability to improvise anything you want for 5 minutes.

You’ll be in a group of players taking part in a street parade starting from three different city-centre locations, led along the pavements towards the main stage in St Ann’s Square, where all players will culminate on one note.

You’ll then pass the musical baton to award-winning composer Andy Scott, who’ll begin his new work Mancunity live on stage to herald the opening of this year’s mjf.

You’ll need to meet on the Thursday 23 May outside St Ann’s Church at 4pm, where you will be briefed by Andy Scott, before safely storing cases and belongings and beginning your procession. You’ll need to be available until at least 5.15pm, and are invited to enjoy the rest of the evening at mjf.

All you need to do is let us know you’re up for it by signing up here before midnight on Sunday 19th May. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

We look forward to welcoming you as part of the parade!