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PRS Foundation & BBC Introducing at Winter Jazzfest 2018

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Gilles Peterson to host first official UK jazz showcase at Winter Jazzfest in New York City featuring Nubya Garcia, Oscar Jerome, The Comet Is Coming and Yazz Ahmed.
05 December 2017
  Gilles Peterson to host first official UK jazz...



About PRS Foundation

PRS Foundation is the UK's leading funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £26.5 million to over 5,750 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas. / @PRSFoundation

About BBC Music Introducing

Since its launch in 2007, BBC Music Introducing has been dedicated to discovering and supporting new music. BBC Music Introducing artists have gone on to release 14 UK No.1 singles, 52 UK Top 10 singles, 29 UK No. 1 albums and 72 UK Top 10 albums between them. There are now over490,000 tracks – over 3 years-worth of music - uploaded to the BBC Music Introducing website and 195,000 artists are registered. Each BBC regional radio station across the country has a BBC Music Introducing programme dedicated to finding local talent and these musicians are propelled onto the national stage through BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music, Radio 3, Asian Network and World Service. BBC Music Introducing also provides up-and-coming artists with broadcast opportunities on television and online, as well as the chance to perform at major festivals and showcases. 58% of the acts performing at Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2017 initially uploaded their music to the BBC Music Introducing Uploader and BBC Music Introducing has brought over 1380 acts to over 94 different stages over the past 10 years.

Previous artists that have performed at BBC Music and PRS Foundation showcase include Billie Marten, Clean Cut Kid, Elf Kid, Folly Rae, Frances, Georgia, Jack Garratt, Leo Kalyan, Lil Simz, Malaika, Mammal Hands, Mirror Signal, Peter Edwards Trio, Spring King, The Big Moon and Vaults.

About BBC Music

BBC Music, led by Bob Shennan, Director of Radio and Music, is the corporation’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years – comprising of new partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives, which includes Ten Pieces, the classical music initiative for schools, and BBC Music Day. Programmes this Autumn include Sounds Like Friday Night, a brand new six part music show for BBC One broadcast each Friday at 7.30pm, produced by the award-winning independent production company Fulwell 73.  Radio 2 In Concert presented Tears for Fears, CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers, Liam Gallagher and Paloma Faith and Deep Purple, with all performances on Radio 2 and in vision on BBC Red Button, produced by BBC Studios.  BBC One presented Children in Need Rocks the 80s!, Harry Styles at the BBC,  Sam Smith at the BBC, and U2 at the BBC will air on December 19th, which follow the acclaimed Adele at the BBC and Michael Bublé at the BBC.  Gregory Porter's Popular Voices, a new three part series, kicked off this month on BBC Four; and The Year In Music 2017, a one hour special for BBC Two on Friday 8 December at 9pm, hosted by Claudia Winkleman with guest presenter Clara Amfo, which will feature this year’s BBC Music Awards. In May 2018, BBC Music presents The Biggest Weekend - a music festival with all the BBC’s music stations for over 175 000 people, taking place across four sites, in four nations, over four days celebrating the range and diversity of music supported by the BBC.

About Winter JazzFest

NYC Winter Jazzfest was conceived as an event to showcase the latest and most cutting edge of jazz acts during the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference. Founded by New York concert impresario Brice Rosenbloom, the festival has become the definitive jazz event of the Winter season, offering a "state of the union" for jazz and its many stylistic camps from hot jazz, Latin jazz, straight-ahead, post-bop, to jazz-funk, fusion avant-garde and more. Hardcore fans, industry members, critics and novice listeners alike get a chance to sample virtually every flavor the jazz world has to offer. Attendees regularly travel from other states and countries to attend the festival. It's truly a destination event. Inherent to the tradition of jazz as protest music, Winter Jazzfest strives to support and highlight artists who create music with relevant messages of social justice and positive change. In 2018, the festival is expected to grow to an estimated 10,000 audience members in attendance.  Praised by New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR and others, the festival year-on-year continues to grow at a rapid pace, from its original one-day single-location program, to a 2018 master plan that puts over 120 groups comprising over 500+ artists on 13 stages over 8 nights, throughout Downtown Manhattan.  In 2015, the festival was voted “#1 Jazz Festival in North America” by JazzTimes, and has become a pivotal destination for arts leaders and cultural cognoscenti who visit the city early in the year.