Southampton’s Turner Sims receives funding boost for jazz in southern England

Concert venue Turner Sims Southampton, which is part of the University of Southampton, will receive over £315,000 from Arts Council England to launch Jazz South, a three-year talent development programme.

The only music project in the country selected within the final round of the ACE's Ambition for Excellence programme fund, the Jazz South initiative seeks to "significantly raise the aspirations of emerging and professional jazz artists, standards of performance, composition and promotion" for jazz musicians based in southern England. The scheme aims to work with established and emerging artists, as well as talented children and young people. It will also engage with promoters and leading UK and international jazz figures. New work will be commissioned, with talent developed through music masterclasses and artist residencies.

The funding further enhances Turner Sims' reputation for programming imaginative and high-profile artists across jazz, folk, avant-garde and classical music. Kevin Appleby, Turner Sims Concert Hall Manager, said of the award: "This is a hugely exciting moment for Turner Sims and I'm most grateful to Arts Council England for their support. This investment enables us to realise our aspirations for creating new opportunities for the jazz sector in the south of England. I know from the conversations we have had with a range of organisations and individuals across the region already that there is a great appetite for this, and I look forward to working with partners regionally, nationally and internationally to bring these opportunities to life."

– Mike Flynn

– Photo by Tom Askew-Miller (Binker & Moses with Evan Parker and Byron Wallen at Turner Sims)

For more info visit www.turnersims.co.uk

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