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At the start of the 2020 pandemic, organisations such as Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues were invited by the Arts Council to apply for funding to reinvent themselves as they faced a ban on live musical performance, community music making and meeting together.

Stardust-x-many-playersRVJB was lucky enough to be awarded over £8000 from the Arts Council to support a range of activities to the end of October 2020. We brought these activities together under the working title of Jazz Box. Jazz Box is a dance step and and apt title because we needed to keep nimble to respond to unprecedented challenge, have a box of tricks to maintain contact with our members and broader audience, and think out of the box to enable the club to survive in good heart. To date the funding has provided:

Impro-Final-for-John48 weekly workshops under 3 professional tutors for 50 amateur musicians from 4 community projects; 4 virtual mass performances; support for 2 film and music editors. It has provided mental health benefits from incentives to practice, showcase, experiment and learn together.

5 gigs providing fair income for 15 professional artists reaching over 4000 people either live or in later replays, plus 8 performances through partnership with Manchester venue Matt and Phred and Lancaster Jazz festival.

nicolas-meier-pete-oxleyA Crowdcast account, streaming equipment, 2 sound engineers and 2 film makers, and allowed us to reinvent website as a marketing hub signposting local jazz and blues and add extra vitality to our regular newsletter.

Over 10 performances from under 25s via social media plus support on fan-base growth. Led by young volunteers this paves the way for a #shift project for and by young people with potential for participation, curation, and performance.

88 hours of radio broadcast jazz and blues across the North West region, input from volunteers and partners, intelligent jazz curation to highlight young and cutting-edge musicians as well as tracks from the archives.

20 virtual volunteer team meetings to keep the club vibrant and going; 15 consultation events on gig promotion, festival re-imagining; Covid security for live rehearsal; 10 networking support workshops at a regional and national level.

Abide-with-me-x4Jazz Box has kept Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues connected, vibrant, forward looking, accountable, with a creative commitment to maintaining activity for the next 5 years, provided transformative skills for flexibility, quick response, risk assessment and courage in an uncertain world.

So we are very grateful for all those that have helped the project to work and enabled this project to shine in a difficult 6 months.

If there’s anything you’ve especially enjoyed, or would like to see more of, please let us know on info@rvjazzandblues.co.uk We’d love to hear your thoughts and memories from the last 6 months.

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