Review of Jazz in England

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Group  Review Of Jazz In England


The Review of Jazz in England deadline has been extended to midnight on  Monday 20th  September 2021. This is the final extension for completion of questionnaires and submissions.

However we will keep the questionnaires open for a couple of weeks after the 20th for late completions.

 This is your chance to have your say. It would be great if you could  complete a questionnaire for your activity; promoter, festival, venue, jazz club, musician, jazz organisation, technical person, jazz educator, jazz course, jazz teacher, youth jazz orchestra or attender at gigs.  In the People and Organisations  questionnaire you can attach a pdf  flagging up recent successes and areas of concern that you would like to see addressed or ideas you have that would help jazz  thrive.

Details of the review are below:

Following an enforced delay due to the global pandemic and a year of unprecedented change, challenges, and specific hardships for working musicians, the All Party Jazz  Group (APPJG) commissioned a Review of Jazz in England. The Review is being undertaken by APPJG’s Secretary, Chris Hodgkins, and an expert advisory panel, chaired by musician and jazz educator Dr Kathy Dyson.


If you are a jazz musician, a professional working in the jazz industry, jazz organisation, Arts Council England Jazz National Portfolio Organisation, promoter, festival,  technical person or a jazz fan, the Review wants to hear from you.

Below are four questionnaires dealing with the crucial areas of gig, festivals, audiences and musicians. The fifth questionnaire is for people and organisations who want to address the terms of reference or a particular area; you are able to attach a document if it is easier.   Please select the appropriate questionnaire for you and click on the link below to complete and return it to us, so your views form part of the Review.

Please note the closing date for the questionnaires is midnight, Monday 20th September 2021

Review of Jazz in England – National Jazz Promoter and Venue Research Questionnaire

Review of Jazz In England Audience Questionnaire

Review of Jazz in England Jazz Festivals

Review of Jazz In England Musicians’ Questionnaire

Review of Jazz in England  People and Organisations Questionnaire

A quick and easy way to complete the People and Organisations questionnaire is to address the terms of reference you are involved with – may be  one, three or all of them and save it as a PDF and then attach it to the questionnaire at Question 19 after you have answered the demographic questions. 

The Review’s Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

Terms of reference for the Review of Jazz in England

Review’s Advisory Panel

Review of Jazz Advisory Panel

Advisory Panel Review of Jazz in England 22nd January 2022

“Cold Comfort and Home Truths” an introduction to the issues, background data and information the Review will be considering.

Introduction and Summary Front Cover 1st May Final 2021-page-001

Cold Comfort and Home Truths Introduction and Summary

Foreword and summary by John Fordham

Link to full text of “Cold Comfort and Home Truths – informing the review of jazz in England

Cold Comfort Home Truths Cover March 2021-1

Cold Comfort and Home Truths – informing the review of jazz in England

Foreword and summary by John Fordham

 The Objectives of the Review

Chris Hodgkins summarises the review’s objectives:

 ‘This review concerns the operation, management and business of jazz, and its purposes are twofold:

 One, to help  the jazz constituency in England to understand and use its resources in the most efficient and effective ways –  and two, to make the case for improving the support, sustainability and promotion of jazz in England.

    The review will be undertaken in two phases. The first, entitled “Where are we now?”, examines the present state of jazz in England, drawing on revealing data from five key surveys aimed at the jazz constituency. The second asks the question: “Where do we want to be?”, and develops a succinct action plan for jazz in England that will go out for consultation to  all interested parties, and the jazz constituency at large.’

John Spellar MP and Lord Mann (Co-Chairs of APPJG), and Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP (Co-Vice Chairs of APPJG), detail some of the review’s objectives:

“It has been a tough year for jazz with many musicians and promoters falling through the cracks in terms of funding. APPJG continues to put the case to the Department for Culture, Digital, Media and Sport to rectify this egregious state of affairs. Underpinning the review is the fact that jazz in England (and indeed across the UK) is “rich beyond the dreams of avarice” in terms of human resources: jazz musicians, composers, volunteer promoters, audiences, commercial promoters, educators, youth orchestras, jazz festivals, Arts Council England funded jazz National Portfolio Organisations, a growing service economy and jazz archives. But there are some vital issues that need addressing urgently; increased investment, frictionless touring in the EU, financial support for musicians and promoters who fell through the cracks in 2020/21 and a fair deal for musicians getting their music streamed. The objective of the Review of Jazz in England is to inform Government, funding bodies, potential sponsors, Parliament and to assist the jazz constituency in shaping an action plan for jazz in England.”

And Dr Kathy Dyson, Chair of the Advisory Panel of the Review of Jazz in England, comments:

“As a jazz musician and educator I am well aware of how hard a year it has been for jazz musicians, promoters, studios, technical staff, media and the jazz constituency at large. Realistically, recovery will be slow on the domestic scene and our touring capabilities will be hampered both by Brexit and the myriad quarantine and travel issues globally. This current situation is exacerbated by ten years of funding cuts which have dramatically affected the arts and now the Government is planning to impose a disastrous 50% funding cut to arts subjects including music at Higher Education level in England. The pandemic has thrown petrol on flames and highlighted issues of insecurity, low wages and exploitation of musicians by the music streaming companies. This Review of Jazz in England is a genuine and concerted attempt by people who care deeply about the music, musicians and all  involved in promoting it, to find out how the jazz community has fared during the pandemic, what the main issues are that we face now; how these can best be addressed during the post Covid period with the aim of an  action plan for the  jazz community in England.” 

Teesside University Business School is partnering the Review of Jazz in England, and Associate Dean (Marketing & Recruitment) Dr Noel Dennis, writes:

Print“Teesside University Business School is proud to support the Review of Jazz in England. This is a very timely project that will provide the analysis to allow for fresh strategic thinking to ensure a sustainable future for this wonderful music. I am delighted our students are being afforded the opportunity to contribute to this exciting project and, in so doing, develop their professional skills.” 

All Party Parliamentary Jazz  Group

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Group (APPJG) aims is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. APPJG currently has over 116 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties.   The Group’s officers, as at the Annual General Meeting of 1st March 2022, are Co-Chairs:, John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP. Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are Lord Colwyn, Sarah Champion MP, Lord McNicol of West Kilbride and Patrick Grady MP

The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Louis Flood. The contact address is: the web address is:

All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in this report are those of the group. This is not an official publication of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees.