This weekend sees the end of the 20th edition of the London Jazz Festival. Forty events at the festival feature musicians who have participated in the talent development project Take Five, including a bespoke performance this Saturday by the 10 participants in the first edition of Take Five: Europe.
Take Five is a professional development programme for emerging creative jazz musicians in the UK. Produced by Serious, and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation, Musicians Benevolent Fund and Arts Council England, I have managed the project (in addition to Serious’ other continuing professional development programmes, Air Time and Move On Up) since 2004. The scheme has nurtured 56 musicians across seven editions, with eight new musicians participating in edition VIII across 2012-13.
The scheme has been so successful that in 2011 Serious and a consortium of international partners from France, Holland, Norway and Poland received support from the Culture Programme of the European Union to develop an international version, and we now have Take Five: Europe – a programme that is designed for emerging jazz musicians who want to significantly develop their international careers.
Whether in the UK or in wider Europe, Take Five is a scheme that focuses on the development of creative musicians at a significant point in their early career and provides participants with the unique opportunity to take ‘time out’ (via a week long residency as well as intensive interviews and individual mentoring) to increase their profile, improve their performance skills and expand their professional networks.
Tomorrow, read about three of the UK-based musicians who have taken part in Take Five and listen to some of their tracks.