It is announced today that online voting is now open for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards which will take place at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on Tuesday 10 March 2015.
Entries are open to everyone, and forms can be completed online from the Jazz Services website at www.jazzservices.org.uk. The final deadline for entries is Friday 12 December 2014.
The Parliamentary Jazz Awards is organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), and supported by music licensing company PPL in conjunction with Jazz Services, JazzUK, Jazzwise, and the Jazz Section of the Musicians’ Union.
The categories for the 2015 Awards reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene and include:
• Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2014 by a UK band or musicians)
• Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2014)
• Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2014)
• Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2014)
• Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
• Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
• Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
• Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2014)
• Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).
PPL has been supporting the awards since 2005. APPJAG has over 100 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the industry and issues surrounding it, as well as promoting jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile both inside and outside of Parliament.
Above image features winners from 2014. From left to right: PPL Chairman Fran Nevrkra OBE, Karen Pearson, Christine Tobin, Chris Barber, Amy Pearce, Izzie Barratt, Lord Steel, Jon Newey, David Redfurn, Chris Montague (Troykestra), Ben Cotrell (Beats & Pieces Big Band), Phil Meadows, Arun Ghosh, Darius Brubeck.
Notes to editors
PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of over 90,000 record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast (on TV, radio and online) across the UK. Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. The majority are small businesses, all of whom are legally entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances.
PPL also operates an international royalty collection service. With 71 reciprocal agreements in place in 35 countries with other international collecting societies - or Collective Management Organisations (CMOS) as they are sometimes referred to – PPL helps members to get paid when their music is played internationally. ppluk.com / @PPLUK.
After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all licence fee income is distributed to members. PPL does not retain a profit for its services. In 2013 PPL collected revenues of £176.9m.