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Apply For Manchester Jazz Festival's (MJF) Soundcheck Programme

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

MJF Soundcheck is for musicians who want space to try out new things and be supported to grow creatively. Find out how you can apply below.

Apply for the MJF Soundcheck Programme
Apply for the MJF Soundcheck Programme

Are you aged 18-25 and living in Greater Manchester? Do you want to take more risks in your music-making? Ever tried improvising?


MJF Soundcheck is for musicians who want space to try out new things and be supported to grow creatively. The process is simple:


Apply with a musical idea that you want to develop and they help you through 1-1 meetings, a brilliant artist mentor, introductions to inspiring industry professionals, and a recommended playlist encouraging you to meet other musicians.


Over eight weeks, you’ll identify and transform your musical insecurities, unleash your hidden ambitions and hone your creative style. By the end of the programme, you’ll showcase a short new piece of music that reflects your learning.


You don’t have to have studied music before, and we’d love it if jazz or improvisation is entirely new to you.


In previous rounds we have worked with a pop/folk singer-songwriter with no background in jazz but had an interest in using jazz harmony in their songs, a punk artist who wanted to try making music all by themselves for the first time, a metal bassist, a producer, and a singer who wanted to try improvising. Previous artists have gone on to perform at mjf events, release full albums, form new collaborations with fellow participants, and meet their artistic heroes!


Click here to apply.


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