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Mike Blow's Jazz Puddles at Cheltenham Jazz Festival (a sound work). The installations pictured featured music by Yazz Ahmed Image: Still Moving Media

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Jerwood Jazz Encounters

Cheltenham Jazz Festival is one of the UK’s largest jazz festivals, featuring headline acts, cutting-edge jazz and unique collaborations. It is part of Cheltenham Festivals, a charity which creates world-class cultural festivals and year-round accessible talent development, outreach and education programmes. Over 225,000 visitors a year are inspired by its Literature, Science, Jazz and Music Festivals.

Over three years, Jerwood Jazz Encounters will offer eight jazz artists intensive support to develop their knowledge and understanding of presenting music in unusual spaces and new formats, culminating in eight newly-commissionioned works. Artist support will also include R&D and mentoring bursaries, an action learning set and a creative ‘hackathon’.

Oxford Contemporary Music and Sage Gateshead are partnering with Cheltenham Festivals to co-produce and host the commissions. The Space will offer specialist support to artists making digital projects as Digital Partner. Birmingham City University is partnering on the hackathon.

The four artists for 2020/21 are: Elliot Galvin, Faye MacCalman, Lara Jones and Witch ‘n’ Monk. There will be another call for entries in 2021.