Rise Up

Rise–Up is a free to access, all female jazz ensemble from Jazzlines at B:Music.

Now recruiting its second cohort, Rise-Up is a unique talent development opportunity and is a positive step towards achieving a 50/50 gender split in the jazz sector. By engaging with talented female musicians at a crucial stage in their careers, offering them high-profile mentorship from world renowned jazz musicians and giving them access to rehearsal spaces in the iconic Symphony Hall, the Rise-Up programme will provide these artists a platform to showcase their musical and compositional talent.

Applications are open to all female jazz musicians aged 16 - 25 from the midlands area. B:Music alongside a female led panel of well-established musicians and educators will select up to 7 participants to take part in the second cohort of this much needed programme.

To apply, please fill out our application form alongside submitting a short recording or video of you performing standard jazz repertoire. The deadline for applications is the 15th July 2022.

Please note any quality of recording/video is acceptable, applicants will be selected on the quality of the music, not the recording.

If you have any further questions, please contact Talent Development Manager, Richard Foote richard.foote@bmusic.co.uk.


Watch: Rise-Up 2021 Perform a Watch Party during lockdown

Requirements of successful applications will be:

  • Commitment to attend 2 hour workshops on the following dates: 21/09/22, 19/10/22, 02/11/22, 6/11/22, 30/11/22, 14/12/22, 1/01/23, 25/01/23, 15/02/23, 01/03/23
  • Aspiration to pursue opportunities given during the course to develop their own artistic practise.
  • Organise and arrange a schedule of 1 to 1 lessons with support from the Talent Development Team
  • Commitment to perform a high-profile concert at Symphony Hall on the 10th March 2023
  • Be an active and engaged ensemble member during the development stage, showing initiative and contributing musical ideas.
  • Maintain regular communication with the Jazzlines team in giving feedback in the sessions to ensure that participants gain the most value from this bespoke development programme.
  • Have fun and get creative.
  • Be advocates and positive role models of the B:Music Talent Development programme.

We want to see applications from the full spectrum of Birmingham residents.

We want to make sure this opportunity is available to everyone, no matter what their background or the challenges they face. This may include, but is not limited to, people with a disability or learning difficulty and people who are neurodivergent. This includes people who grew up in a family receiving benefits or in social housing or experienced homelessness. This includes people who may have been in care or been a young carer or parent.

This includes people who have been a refugee or asylum seeker and people from families anywhere in the world who have chosen Birmingham as their home.

If you need support in any part of this application process or feel you may need extra support to enable you to fully access the programme please contact Richard Foote, Talent Development Manager Richard.foote@bmusic.co.uk

B:Music is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner supported by PPL. The Rise-Up Programme is generously sponsored by the PRS Foundation and Iain Reeves.