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Are you a Jazz artist or band looking for promotion? Apply by midday 7th July 2017 and you could be well on your way…..

Bmin are pleased to spread the word about an exciting new Jazz Promoters Fellowship that is running in partnership with the amazing Help Musicians UK (developed to create a gender balanced approach to promoting jazz artists and bands) by sharing the following announcement.

New Jazz Promoters Fellowship In Partnership with HMUK: A gender balanced approach to promoting jazz artists and bands – Application deadline is midday 7th July 2017…/jazz-promoters-fellowship

This fully-funded HMUK fellowship has been developed to create a gender balanced approach to promoting jazz artists and bands, leading to a more diverse and inclusive jazz scene in the UK.

Application deadline is midday 7th July 2017
Interviews are 20th July 2017

The scheme runs from July 2017 to July 2018. Hosted by leading UK venues on key dates across the jazz calendar, this fellowship’s seven seminar days will develop new promoters in methods of best practice across a wide range of topics. This will include programming and creative diversity, marketing, audience development, strategic planning, team leadership and delegation, risk assessment, insurance, contracts and service agreements, writing funding applications, budget management and project evaluation.

Each participant is given the opportunity to devise and deliver a self-initiated yearlong project focused on ensuring a diverse and inclusive approach to programming in venues and festivals.Each candidate will be supported by a grant of £1,200.

The yearlong Jazz Promoters Fellowship is designed to help the next generation of male and female promoters establish themselves both regionally and nationally, offering a unique route of professional development with a core ethos to consciously redress the jazz scene’s current gender imbalance through continual exploration into why it exists and how we can best work together to redress.

Up for investing in a local music project?

Members of Bmin have been helping me out over the past 2 years to record and produce a concept album of songs covering the human tragedy of The Great War 1914-1918. It is called The Imperial Plan and the band set up for the project is called The Fable.

Inspired by the views of Harry Patch, The Last Fighting Tommy and the musical influences throughout my own life, I am proud to say the album features the amazing work of several members of Bmin, all of whom have been extremely generous with their time and expertise.

I am now at the final stages of production and mixing/mastering so have set up a crowdfunding campaign to help me complete the project. Check out the details and video here The Imperial Plan Fundsurfer Campaign

Artists Wanted! Oxfam Bristol Takeover, Sat 17th October

Oxjam Bristol Takeover is looking for artists to play various venues in and around Stokes Croft on Saturday 17th October plus door and maybe sound engineers.
Anything from solo to full bands. The aim is to raise as much money as possible for Oxfam however reasonable expenses will be considered. Food and drink may also be available dependant on the venue.
Music is going to be programmed from 12pm to 10pm, with some DJ spots available after. There may also be busker spots in the afternoon.
The venues signed up are:
• No. 51 Stokes Croft
• Left Bank
• Full Moon
With one more to be confirmed.
We are also looking for acts for a Oxjam Hangover after party on Tuesday 20th October Mr. Wolf’s Bristol and DJ’s for a club night at Projekt in November
Anyone who might be able to help out on the day or at the other events please pm or contact

Bmin public questionnaire to be launched shortly!

The Bmin management are keen to support our membership by developing a better understanding of their needs and desires for the future.

We want to know exactly what we can do to deliver real value back to the local music community.

To gather this information we have commissioned an anonymous survey from the Commercial Banking Unit of Lloyds Bank in Bristol, which will be forwarded to all friends and members of Bmin in the next few days. Please keep an eye out for the survey, click on the link and give us your feedback. It will only take a couple of minutes and you will not be asked to give your name or contact details.

We hope that you will SHARE it with others so that we can capture as much knowledge as possible to help us make informed decisions for the future of our growing membership.

This is a great opportunity for Bmin to focus on the real needs of it’s members, so we thank you in anticipation of the results.

Kind regards,
Mike Isaacs, Chairman, Bristol Music Industry Network