Jazz South Manager appointed

Jazz South is revving up, getting ready to go places with projects across the region – don’t miss your chance to join in to help the scene that we’re all part of!

Turner Sims Southampton, host of the Arts Council England supported Ambition for Excellence programme Jazz South, is delighted to announce the appointment of Tamsin Mendelsohn as the full-time Jazz South Manager, who will take up the post in early November. Read more about Tamsin below.

Meanwhile the Jazz South Audit of the people working in jazz and improvised music and their current activities in the SE and SW of England is well underway, and is conducted by music specialists Arts & Parts Ltd.  The online survey closes in a week’s time (Monday 8 October).  If you’ve not yet completed the survey, you can access it here: http://bit.ly/jazzsouthaudit

The survey will only take about five minutes to complete, and there’s the added incentive of entering a prize draw for the chance to win prizes, such as a year’s subscription to Jazzwise magazine (print and online), a Jazzwise T-Shirt, CDs from Edition Records or tickets to events from venues and festivals in the Jazz South region.

We would appreciate it if you could share this with your networks via email and social media and urge your contacts to complete the survey.


Tamsin Mendelsohn – Jazz South Manager

With a background as a music leader and professional music therapist, Tamsin has developed projects including Drake Music Scotland (creating opportunities for disabled musicians) and War Child’s arts programmes for refugees in the Balkans. An added specialism in jazz, improvised and contemporary classical music facilitated Tamsin becoming a Music Development Officer at Creative Scotland, offering funding and strategic support to musicians and organisations, including new music commissioning, international showcasing and creative residencies.  She initiated the advocacy organisation now relaunched as Jazz from Scotland and commissioned Serious to deliver Air Time, a talent development programme for creative jazz musicians living in Scotland. Relocating to Somerset in 2014, Tamsin brought her breadth of experience to the role of Relationship Officer at Arts Council England with a portfolio ranging from Music Education Hubs to National Portfolio Organisations including British Paraorchestra, OpenUp Music, Wiltshire Music Centre and Plymouth Music Zone.

Speaking as the appointment was confirmed, Turner Sims Manager and Strategic Director for Jazz South, Kevin Appleby said “We’re delighted to have recruited someone with a combination of extensive experience in music organisation and passion for jazz and improvised music –   Tamsin is going to be a great asset to the Jazz South project.”

Tamsin will take up her full-time post in early November with a handover of preliminary work on the project to date from Jazz South Set-Up Manager Nod Knowles.