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Young musicians and promoters invited to apply for prestigious jazz mentorship opportunities

Thursday 15th November 2018 at 3pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Jazz Musician David Lyttle with fellow musicians Image: Jazz Musician David Lyttle with fellow musicians

Jazzlife Alliance, a new arts company under the artistic direction of MOBO Award- nominated jazz musician, David Lyttle, is offering two mentorships, one for a young promoter and another for a young jazz musician, supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The first mentorship opportunity is suitable for a promoter under the age of 25, or promotions team with an average age under 25, and will provide hands-on experience in tour booking and tour promotion.  A second mentoring opportunity will be offered to a jazz instrumentalist, aged under 25, or a band with an average age under 25, who will study with David Lyttle and internationally acclaimed saxophonist, Meilana Gillard.

Jazzlife Alliance will then programme an ambitious jazz tour in 2019 aimed at bringing jazz to new audiences and stage performances  across Northern Ireland by some of the jazz world's international icons.

David Lyttle says,

“Jazzlife Alliance is an exciting new organisation which is about encouraging artistic growth, inspiring and developing future jazz artists and looking differently at how jazz music is presented and taught. I feel very privileged to be in the position of artistic director and very grateful for the generous support of the Arts Council.”

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added,

“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is committed to providing valuable, meaningful opportunities for young people to develop their musical careers.  We are delighted to support these important new initiatives from Jazzlife Alliance which offers young people the opportunity to be mentored by some of the finest jazz musicians working in Northern Ireland as well as developing new audiences for jazz – terrific! “

Applications are now open and will close on 23rd November.  For more information visit


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