Applications open now for our new Kickstart Commissions programme

Calling all jazz musicians, bands, collectives, music creators, artists and creative producers!

Following a successful bid to the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund, we’re inviting applications for a series of artist commissions and residencies, to be presented by Hull Jazz Festival (HJF) over the next 2 years.

The Kickstart Commissions are all about looking forward to more positive times and they’ll reflect our values: we want them to be artist-led, high-quality, ground-breaking, Hull and the North focussed, celebratory and championing artists from all backgrounds.

We want to support music creators, artists and producers to create new work, inspired by Hull and the North’s sense of place, that brings meaningful, joyful experiences to audiences.

If you’ve got an idea for a great new project that you’d like to bring to HJF, we want to hear from you!

We’re looking for projects that explore stories that define a sense of place and that embody the spirit of jazz and improvised music as forward-facing music that’s continually evolving.


What can we offer?

 HJF can contribute between £700 and £4,000, depending on project needs, as well as mentoring, practical support and guidance and a premiere performance at an official HJF event.

The successful commissions and residencies will be ready for performance between July 2021 through until July 2023.



To be eligible you must:

Be over 18 years old and based in the UK;

Not be in full-time education;

Have a track record of a professional music career;

Have a clear and coherent project proposal.


How to apply:

If you’re interested in applying, please read the application guidelines, to make sure this opportunity’s right for you.

To apply, you need to download and complete the application form, with the option to submit a video response (see the application guidelines for details).

Applications should be emailed to David Porter (Director) at [email protected] by 12 noon on Monday 10th May.

Frequently Asked Questions:

We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions for anyone thinking of applying.





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