NOW'S THE TIME 2020
Manchester Jazz Festival believes in supporting young musicians to become the jazz stars of tomorrow.
We are asking our friends, supporters, audiences - and jazz lovers across the country - to give the UK's best young jazz musicians the stage at the next edition of mjf. Anticipated to run from 21 - 25 May*, mjf 2020 will be our 25th anniversary festival.
NOW'S THE TIME 2020 will present the best young and emerging musicians across the five-days of our 2020 festival in a series of 25 free concerts and pop-up performances.
Your support will allow us to give young artists vital experience of playing in a national festival programme, audience exposure across Manchester and the North West, and unparalleled industry networking opportunities.
By supporting NOW'S THE TIME 2020 you will receive a number of festival benefits from gig tickets and t-shirts to hospitality packages and artists playing in your home.
Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf) was established in 1996, when a group of friends decided to put on a celebration of the music they loved.
From this seed, mjf has grown to become Manchester’s longest running music festival. We are an integral part of Manchester’s musical landscape, with a track-record of producing an annual multi-venue, multi-day festival event across the city.
We are synonymous with northern talent, new music and presenting the most exciting jazz artists.
mjf celebrates everything that makes Manchester such a unique city – wonderful local audiences, a commitment to diversity, risk-taking and innovation, and a unstoppable sense of fun and inclusivity.
The festival runs a series of talent development initiatives including mjf hothouse, a free scheme for artists looking to develop ideas, hone their craft and move their careers onto the next step while overcoming any barriers that may stand in their way.
mjf also champion up and coming artists through their mjf introduces strand which gives young, regional artists a platform at the festival itself and in turn helping them to break into the gigging circuit.
Over 24 years, mjf – especially through the mjf introduces platform launched in 2009 – has given over 100 artists their first high-profile gig – artists whose careers have since blossomed internationally.
The list of artists who played their earliest gigs at mjf includes Beats & Pieces, GoGo Penguin, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, Stuart McCallum, Alice Zawadzki, Kirsty Almeida, Phil Meadows, Jessica Berry, Matt Halsall, Arun Ghosh, Anton Hunter, Rioghnach Connolly, Sam Healey, Dominic J Marshall, Jon Thorne, Alexandra Ridout, Yemi Bolatiwa and Mali Hayes.
(*subject to confirmation)