Artistic consultants

Serious has created, produced and toured British and international artists across all genres – building strong links with musicians and their partners, which mean we can be confident in asking artists to play in special and unusual settings.


As an Associate Producer at the Barbican, Serious delivers between 12 – 18 concerts per year. 

Serious works with the venue to create the highly-acclaimed Barbican Jazz series, which has become established as London's major platform for jazz at the highest international level, with concerts by leading artists such as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins, augmented by residencies and specially commissioned programmes. 

'The series has turned into one of the most prestigious jazz events on the international circuit.'
(The Guardian)

Serious also works closely with Barbican's Creative Learning team to produce participatory events and projects.


We have worked with Sage Gateshead on its annual jazz festival since 2005, collborating to develop a programme that combines great international and home-grown talent alongside a commitment to Learning & Participation.

As well as the annual Gateshead International Jazz Festival, we work as a consultant on the year-round jazz programme.


We are programme consultants for Love Supreme, Britain’s largest open air jazz festival, having worked with the team at Neapolitan Music since the festival's inception in 2013, and seeing attendance growing from 8,000 to 19,000 in the first four years


Serious have worked with the NNF team as contemporary music programmers since 2012, developing a flourishing programme of international music.


Serious was appointed by Plymouth City Council, with Metaphor, and has delivered a feasibility study assessing the level of resources needed to deliver this important heritage project in 2020.


Serious is also working with Metaphor to assess resources currently available in terms of venues and public spaces, in preparation for Renfrewshire Leisure’s bid for UK City of Culture in 2021.