Funding Opportunity

Peter Whittingham Jazz Award

An expert in survival medicine, Peter Whittingham was also a pianist who enjoyed the music of Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim, Bernstein, Shearing and Peterson. After his death in 1987 his family set up this award in his memory and their connection with the award continues.

The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award is a £5,000 award for an emerging jazz musician or group to undertake a creative project of their choice that will support their professional development.

Over the past 28 years the award has been given to many leading jazz musicians, including Help Musicians UK Ambassador Soweto Kinch, Errollyn Wallen MBE, Dave O’Higgins, Gwilym Simcock and Roller Trio.

The award is open to emerging jazz musicians and groups with the musicianship, creativity, and ambition and commitment to develop a sustainable career in jazz. We are looking for artists who are at a tipping point in their career and who can demonstrate that their proposed project will help them reach the next stage of their career.

This award welcome applicants from all walks of life, particularly those who are currently underrepresented in jazz such as women, people with disabilities, and individuals from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds.

To apply you must:

- Be based primarily in the UK

- Be eligible to work in the UK

- Have been resident in the UK for at least 3 consecutive years

- Be in financial need and without significant backing

- Be over the age of 18

- Be an emerging jazz musician or group approaching a career tipping point

If applying as a group:

- All group members must be based primarily in the UK and be eligible to work here

- At least 50% of the group must meet the other criteria above

- The group must have been established and playing together regularly for at least 1 year

- The group should be made up of no more than 8 members

Previous Peter Whittingham Jazz Award winners and previous Help Musicians UK Development Award winners are not eligible to apply.

The award may request evidence of eligibility at any stage. They are looking for the most exciting emerging jazz artists who have musicianship, creativity, and ambition and commitment to develop a sustainable career in jazz.

The award can fund the following activities:

- Recording

- Filming

- Touring

- Performances

- Mentoring

- Collaboration

- Promotion