EJN New members: Apulia Jazz Network IT / Jazz North UK

We are really glad to tell you that the Board of Directors has accepted:
Apulia Jazz Network
Vincenzo Bellini
Jazz North
Nigel Slee
United Kingdom
as new members of EJN. 
Please welcome Apulia Jazz Network IT and Jazz North UK!
The EJN membership includes now 90 organisations in 27 countries.
A short description here:
Apulia Jazz Network is a network constituted by 4 of the best Apulia region summer jazz festivals: Bari in Jazz (since 2005) , Locus festival (since 2005), Experimenta (since 1998) , Locomotive Jazz Festival ( since 2006).  The network  was created in 2004 with idea of optimizing resources, sharing information, communication  and costs and coordinate their activities in order to offer a better music summer program in the Region. So promoting jazz in a region where this music has a pretty big audience and new talents.
 They are all no-profit festivals with cultural aims.
Every festival takes place in 4 strategic venues  by representing a proper road map for a music holiday in a region rich of culture, history and traditions. Four festivals from June to August hosting some of the most important jazz proposals and also a lot of new acts from every part of the World.
Jazz North is a consortium of experienced delivery organisations and individuals who will build a new northern jazz delivery model, based on collective partnerships.
The new agency will support the existing jazz sector across the North and will lead the development of both artform and audiences across the three regions North West, Yorkshire and North East.
 This new North area model has been commissioned by Arts Council England via an open application process, and will be supported with strategic funding from October 2012 to March 2015. This will ensure that up to £475,000 is invested in jazz development across the North over the next 3 years.
The agency will replace Arts Council England’s previous support for the three northern jazz agencies – Jazz Yorkshire, NWJazzworks and JazzAction – whose funding will cease in September 2012.
 The founder members of the consortium are Jazz Yorkshire – lead partner, along with representatives from Manchester Jazz Festival, Creative Arts Promotion (J-Night, Hull Jazz Festival, National Rural Touring Forum) and Live Music Now. The consortium will be working with the Arts Council over the next six months to agree a programme of activity which will start in October 2012.