Our role within the music industry doesn’t stop once our concerts finish. We have developed a range of partnerships with key industry bodies so that we can play an active role in conversations that help construct a flourishing music scene.
Help Musicians UK is one of the UK’s leading charities working to help professional musicians. As a provider of vital guidance and opportunities to British musicians, building exposure for their work and getting out in front of as broad an audience as possible is crucial. We were able to offer Help Musicians UK a valuable platform to reach new audiences at 2017’s EFG London Jazz Festival, amplifying their reach through participation in London’s largest city-wide music festival and the UK’s biggest celebration of jazz.
Help Musicians UK delivered two panel discussion sessions as part of the Festival’s dedicated industry-focused day. Chaired by jazz composer, educator and record producer Issie Barratt, alongside fellows from Help Musicians UK’s Jazz Promoters Fellowship programme, Gender Equality in Jazz: Changing Perceptions explored gender balance within the jazz music sector, and the ways in which equality can be achieved across the genre.
Help Musicians UK also delivered a session around their #MusicMindsMatter campaign which seeks to build awareness around mental health in the music industry. Through panel discussion the session explored the music industry’s response to mental health and its surrounding issues, and the work of the campaign which combines listening, advice and support for those who need it.
Key activity involving industry partners including Help Musicians UK will form a growing cornerstone of future Festivals, and our new industry-focused day, JazzWorks.