Manchester Jazz Festival

Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf):
  • produces an annual 10-day festival in July/August, using 10 indoor and outdoor city centre venues, featuring 90 events and 500 performers
  • is an independent, artist-led, non-profit making Limited Company with charitable status
  • is funded through Arts Council England’s National Portfolio and through Manchester City Council
  • champions northern UK-based artists presenting original contemporary jazz repertoire
  • presents distinctive collaborations and a selection of UK and international artists
  • was founded in 1996 by local musicians and jazz enthusiasts
  • is run by 6 part-time freelance staff
  • produced a turnover of £368K in 2015/16
  • has an average total concert attendance of 20,000, with 45,000 outdoor site visitors in 2015.
mjf’s Mission is to:
(a) move the artform forward with innovative activity strands and collaborations
(b) provide a supportive and inspiring environment for artists to develop their practice
(c) develop new audiences
(d) provide a distinctive, high-quality cultural event for Manchester.
Manchester Jazz Festival
4th floor, 40 Fountain Street
M2 2BE Manchester
United Kingdom


Manchester Jazz Festival

Manchester Jazz Festival: presents 10 days of live music each July typically features over 400 musicians and 80 events in 7-10 venues presents free gigs – lots of them! stages concerts round the clock, day and night, indoors and out champions our regional jazz artists brings the best contemporary jazz to Manchester... read more


#mjf2017 celebrates #jazz100 with 100 events in 100 hours of fantastic entertainment

by Manchester Jazz Festival on Mon, 24/07/2017 - 12:26
The 22nd manchester jazz festival is announced – with 100 events in 100 hours of fantastic entertainment, a great line-up of local, regional and international talent and an exciting new Festival Square venue. mjf, the city’s favourite pioneering music event and Europe’s most adventurous jazz festival, will be creating new... read more

Artists’ submissions open for manchester jazz festival 2017

by Manchester Jazz Festival on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:08
Fancy a gig at mjf 2017? We’re a contemporary jazz festival, the only UK winner of the Europe Jazz Network Award for Adventurous Programming and we champion artists playing original work. We were the first UK festival to pioneer an open artists’ submission system and it still forms the basis of our programme today. Applications... read more

What to look out for at mjf 2016

by Manchester Jazz Festival on Thu, 14/07/2016 - 10:59
One of the joys of each festival is looking through the completed programme and looking forward to experiencing some of the one-offs, firsts and gems that you just won’t get anywhere else. Here are some of my highlights that I hope will inspire you to rethink, rehear, remix and rediscover jazz. Have you ever wondered What... read more