Scottish Jazz Federation

About the Scottish Jazz Federation and How you can get Involved

The Scottish Jazz Federation was set up in 2005 to represent the needs of the jazz community in Scotland. We have financial assistance from the Creative Scotland(  Its aims are:

To work towards developing jazz in Scotland: Specifically, to benefit the public by increasing the availability of high quality jazz music and education in Scotland and the level of participation as players, learners and listeners.

To represent the interests of Scottish jazz:  We aim to become the recognised representative body for Scottish jazz artists, educators and promoters; able to lobby policy-makers, co-ordinate action and deliver definitive research.

Our current Trustees are:

Rob Bruce / Dave Francis (joint Chair appointed January 2010), Jill Rodger (Director of GIJF), Richard Michael (Educator and musician), Chris Greive (musician), Euan Burton (musician), George Duncan (audience), Ken Mathieson (drummer / band leader), Alan Steadman (promoter / radio producer Arbroath), Norrie Thomson (volunteer co-ordinator, programmer, jazz historian), Adrian Harris (Promoter), Laura Macdonald (musician / composer / educator), Corinna Gregory (NYJOS). WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING A NEW TREASURER (2012). CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION Tel: 01368 866895 EMAIL:  

Please Note: we are about to change our company status to allow us to apply for charitable status. More details will be available as we progress. 


The Scottish Jazz Federation Trust can have a up to 12 Board members at one time and minimum of 5 for a quorum. We are always seeking potential, new Trustees to join from all sectors. The position is purely voluntary an for a term of 3 years. They meet in Edinburgh and Glasgow 4 - 5 times a year, starting with an AGM each January.

The trust aims to reflect the jazz community with a minimum of two Trustees, from a wide geographical spread, who are specialists in Performance (jazz musicians), Jazz education, Concert going and concert promotion. As per our Trust deed, all professional Jazz musicians currently on our board have been nominated for election to the Trust by a group of their peers.

If you would like to be considered for the SJF board of Trustees, please email cathie@scottishjazzfederation.comfor more information.


Our SFI's are available on request. Contact


Please contact our office for a copy of current documents


Now in its third year, the Scottish Jazz Awards aim to create a high profile opportunity which will bring jazz in Scotland to the attention of the media, public and a wider international arena. The Awards will recognise excellence within our thriving sector and include all aspects of jazz and improvised music.


First Stage – Nomination Forms

Nomination forms are available to download on-line at and at venues and festivals around Scotland in hard copy and open to anyone to nominate in each category. Nomination forms are limited to one person one vote. For 2012 the deadline for Nominations is 1 June.

Second Stage - Nominations

A panel of Industry Professionals is chosen, by the Scottish Jazz Federation, and includes up to 20 individuals each member with their own particular area of expertise. The Panel represents a broad cross-section of backgrounds united in their knowledge of jazz. From all the nominations received, each Panel member selects three for their shortlist and gives them a mark between zero and five (five being best). This produces our shortlist which we will publish online in early July.

Final Stage - Winners

The Panel of experts choose the eventual winners in each category from the Shortlist by giving one, in each category, a final mark between zero and five. Whoever gets the most marks in each category wins.

The winners are announced at the Scottish Jazz Awards ceremony. In 2012 that is 19th July at the Queens Hall Edinburgh. Tickets: 

PLEASE NOTE: Process for 2013 Scottish Jazz Awards will be posted late 2012.

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