Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Friday, 21 April 2017

BEST OF YOUNG JAZZ . Saturday 8th July 2017

JAZZ SATURDAY….  An exciting, upbeat jazz workshop led by 3 professional jazz artists for young musicians & singers aged 13+

Saturday 08 July 2017

Funded by Severn Arts in partnership with Best of Young Jazz – Free of charge.

Worcestershire venue to be confirmed soon!


Deadline for bookings – Wednesday 21 June


Dear young musicians


I’m delighted to invite you to an exciting, upbeat day of music making on Saturday 08 July 2017.

Whether you’re a singer or instrumentalist, on Jazz Saturday, you will receive bespoke support from our three fantastic professional jazz artists (details below) to create a new arrangement of work bringing together these two essential elements of jazz music.


Sometimes, the full ensemble – instrumentalists and vocalists – will work together and learn from one another; and at other times, we will split the group to focus on techniques particular to each element.  


The key objectives for the vocalists will be about singing in harmony, learning different ways of approaching improvisation including 'scatting', how to improvise over chord changes and what to listen for to ensure a good working relationship when working with instrumentalists.


For instrumentalists, the workshop will also explore different improvisation techniques as well as composing from scratch without traditional musical notation, with a focus on learning how to work cooperatively and in harmony with jazz vocals.   


Participants will be invited to work in different ways with their instrument and voice, and be given the opportunity to perform informally to parents and friends at the end of the day. The workshop will be delivered in such a way that students at various levels of experience can be involved, have fun and develop their musical understanding, skill and interest in jazz.


Jazz Saturday will take place on 08 March in Worcestershire – we are just confirming venue details and will let you know as soon as possible. The workshop will be led by three professional jazz artists and can accommodate up to 20 instrumentalists and 20 vocalists on a first come first served basis.


This practical day is part of a series of inspiring jazz programmes being delivered across the county to develop skills and enthusiasm associated with jazz music. Managed by Best of Young Jazz and financially supported by Arts Council England, The Bransford Trust and Severn Arts; the opportunity is offered free of charge to young jazz musicians across Worcestershire and beyond. 


The day-of-jazz will be led by three professional jazz musicians and educators, all prodigy of Birmingham Conservatoire and a tour de force of the jazz scene, locally and much further afield -


  • Jazz Saturday will run from, 10.00am – 4.00pm, including an informal end-of-day sharing (approx. 3.45pm), which family and friends are invited to attend.  
  • Participants will need to bring their voice and/or instrument, and a packed lunch. Light refreshments will be provided at break time.
  • Further details will be provided and gathered following your initial email booking.

  • Please RSVP to Marie Oldaker (Acting) Project-Manager - Best of Young Jazz, as soon as possible to secure your place: oldaker_m@hotmail.com

Join us:

Twitter: twitter.com/bestofyoungjazz
Instagram: Instagram.com/bestofyoungjazz


Thursday, 20 April 2017

CALL FOR ARTISTS / ARTS ORGS - Commission opportunity

Artists/Arts Organisations Commission:


Elliot Foundation Arts Ambassador Schools Network




Deadline:  Wednesday 3rd May 2017, noon


‘I am me, we are us’ Brief:

We are looking for a digital artist or an arts organisation to work with 8 schools across Birmingham and Walsall. Through 'I am me, we are us' we are hoping to explore digital arts practice in our schools in order to inspire young people and help celebrate their local identities. The programme will culminate in a sharing and celebration on Friday 8th December 2017.


Our primary focus is digital, especially film, photography and music production. We are also interested in how the performing arts might be included in the approach, in particular, spoken word, drama or dance.



The Elliot Foundation is a charitable multi-academy trust specialising in primary academies. This commission will bring together 8 schools from across the area.


The Elliot model starts with the school and its unique context. We expect all their schools to actively support each other and to share emergent and best practice for everyone’s benefit. We want each school to assert and celebrate its distinctive identity within this community of academies.


Arts Connect is an initiative of the University of Wolverhampton tasked to deliver the Bridge programme in the West Midlands to improve arts and cultural engagement of children and young people. For further information visit: www.artsconnectwm.co.uk


Our Arts Ambassador School Network programme involves established school networks (e.g. Multiple Academy Trusts) working together to develop teachers as leaders (i.e. as Arts Ambassadors), to achieve an Artsmark as part of a whole network focussed programme on the arts. This involves working with arts, culture and heritage sector, CPD for teachers, Arts Awards, and a celebration event.





The ‘I am me, we are us’ Programme:

The commission was created in response to our collective ambition to develop our approach to the arts in our schools. We are keen to improve our artistic provision and simultaneously celebrate the local identities of our young people and their communities. As well as providing a high quality experience for young people, there should be an element of specific art form Professional Development (CPD) for school staff during the programme.


In terms of digital art, we are interested in how we can make use of our existing equipment, in addition to experimenting with new technologies. Access to these varies across the network.


As stated, our primary focus is digital, especially film, photography and music production. We are also interested in how the performing arts might be included in the approach, in particular, spoken word, drama and dance.


We expect delivery to fit within the timeline indicated below. We anticipate that delivery will be split between summer and autumn term. Participating children will be aged 6 – 10.

As all participating schools are undertaking Artsmark, the programme should recognise Arts Council England's Quality Principles. For information on these please refer to
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/quality-metrics/quality-principles. These form the basis of our approach to evaluation.


We would expect that the artist/arts organisation will take a lead on project, managing the artist programme in partnership with the Arts Ambassadors (i.e. the lead teacher) in each school, and with the lead Arts Ambassador.



The budget is £13,500, inclusive of travel & VAT; based on the artist/arts organisation being responsible for own tax and NI on a freelance basis. This fee includes:


·                One network shared half day with the Arts Ambassadors and the artist/arts organisation for planning, followed by two days to cover individual planning meetings in each school


·                Each of the 8 schools having a minimum of 6 whole day/equivalent workshops with the children


·                One twilight CPD session for all staff across the 8 schools, co-delivered with the Arts Ambassadors (week commencing 12.10.17)


·                Materials


·                The Artist/Arts Organisation attending two Arts Ambassador meetings (2/3 hours each meeting); one to plan the Sharing Event (12.10.17) and the last to contribute to an evaluation (12.12.17)


·                The Artist/Arts Organisation will project manage the artist programme in agreement with the Arts Ambassador teachers and the lead Arts Ambassador for the network


·                Supporting the monitoring and evaluation; it is expected that each practical workshop would involve a debrief at the end of the session with class teachers, Arts Ambassadors and artists.


·                Celebration event on Friday 8th December 2017; the format is still open to discussion. There is a small additional budget for this element which may support artists or the schools directly, according to format agreed.



Application deadline: Wednesday 3rd May 2017, noon


Notification of Interviews: no later than Thursday 11th May


Interviews: Thursday 18th May; please pencil date in your diary, prospective practitioners should be in attendance


Appointment: Monday 22nd May


Planning meetings: Thursday 25th May & Wednesday 7th June


Celebration preparation: Thursday 12th October


Celebration event: Friday 8th December


Evaluation: Tuesday 12th December


How to Apply:

Both individuals and arts organisations/companies can apply. We anticipate that the commission will be to artist/s or an arts organisation to work across all the schools, though we recognise that you may wish to involve other artists managed by the lead artist/organisation. All successful applicants will need to evidence their portable DBS or undertake a DBS check, along with any other artists from their organisation. You must carry Public Liability Insurance for all artists.


Please submit a proposal on how you would deliver the commission and the ideas for the creative content and the sharing. You need to include:

·                Your experience of working with networks of schools (please give examples e.g. through online links, website, etc.)

·                Your experience of working with children

·                An outline of your approach to the commission, explaining how you will use your artistic skills to engage children and teachers enabling them to be part of the team of artists, alongside professional artists, to create quality work to share

·                Two Referees, ideally schools

·                A budget

·                If an you are an individual artist please provide an up to date CV; If an organisation please provide an outline of your company’s Aims, Mission, Vision and information on the people involved in this commission

·                If you are intending to use freelance artists we would like to know who you are proposing to work with and have a copy of their CV. Please note that if shortlisted, we need to interview all the people involved in working in schools.


Please send your proposal and all supporting documentation by Wednesday 3rd May 2017, noon to:


-           Gabi Zielinska (Lead Arts Ambassador):



-           Pepita Hanna (Arts Connect Associate Director):



-           Sarah Bailey (Arts Connect Network Coordinator):



For further information:


-           Gabi Zielinska (email above)


-            Sarah Bailey (email above / 07903 269403)

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Jump Start Performing Arts - Project Manager - closing date 12th May

Jump Start Performing Arts – Project Manager


Following a successful bid to the Arts Council, the Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP) are seeking to appoint a Project Manager to run a two year programme of performances and workshop events.


What is Jump Start Performing Arts?


Jump Start Performing Arts is a two year programme of performing showcase events to be held at venues across Worcestershire. The work to be performed will be new work by both established and emerging performing arts companies.  It will allow companies and writers to show new work both 'In Progress' and to audiences who are sympathetic to seeing more experimental and developmental pieces.


Jump Start Performing Arts has been operating in Worcestershire for the past 18 months with five events having taken place across the county, featuring monologues, performance art as well as more conventional drama. The work has been performed by actors and performers known to writers but to also known to the Worcestershire Arts Partnership. There are on average 5 performances at each event and there is also a question and answer session at each event for writers and audience.


This new funding grant from ACE allows WAP to take Jump Start to the next level – still organising and holding a series of performances, but seeking out and encouraging more artists to engage, growing audiences with increased marketing and more developmental support for the artists involved.



What is the Link between Jump Start and WAP?


Jump Start forms part of the artist resilience priority of 1000 Days, which is the County Arts Strategy.  Jump Start, and developing artists who take part is within the 1000 Days Action Plan..  


What are the Outputs Expected?



·         Six performance events across venues across the county which will showcase a minimum of four new performances at each event. The venues have been agreed in principle and will need confirming.

·         Four workshop activities across the county for at least twenty local practitioners working with a variety of professional theatre practitioners to develop the following skills: developing a text; devising; directing; marketing; specific performance skills e.g mask, puppetry. There will also be links to the work of WAP and opportunities for greater collaboration between artists.. The workshop leaders have been agreed in principle and need confirming.

·         To work with Fuelled by Theatre and the venues and WAP to market these events including writing copy and working with the County Council Design and Print Team

·         Development of at least one performance, by working with the company and the County Arts Officer, to be a full length piece of work (1000 Days output)


What are the outcomes expected?


·         Artists and arts organisations are able to hone and develop their work with peer support and challenge, before taking it wider (eg: on tour etc). (1000 Days outcome)

·         Artists and arts organisations improve their artistic and business/operational skills (1000 Days outcome)

·         Increased artist presence, strong support for emerging artists, vibrant arts scene (1000 Days outcome)

·         Increased media coverage in relation to the arts (1000 Days outcome)

·         Local audiences have the opportunity to see new work in development and offer feedback for writers, directors & performers (ACE outcome)

·         Long-term development of new theatre companies who are creating and performing work here in Worcestershire at local venues and potentially touring across the UK & beyond (ACE outcome)

·         Members of the local community who are not arts professionals have the opportunity to submit texts or ideas and benefit from arts professionals advice, support and feedback (ACE outcome)




Your roles and responsibilities


·         To manage each event and workshop including the booking of venues, promotion of events, finding and selection of performances


·         Being the host of each event and workshop including ensuring each activity is run safely and that the material of each showcase is age appropriate


·         To work with venues and Fuelled by Theatre to market each event to ensure we have audiences for each show


·         To manage the budget for the project and to write an interim and final report to the Arts Council


·         To ensure that the project deliverables are met including accessing  numbers of artists and audiences


·         To liaise and meet with Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer on an on-going basis


·         To showcase the work on Social Media including the taking of photographs and film for each event




Skills Needed


We are looking for someone who has:


·         Experience of working with writers, performers, directors and venues


·         Has an interest and experience of New Writing and Performances


·         Has an understanding of the challenges of promoting new writing


·         Is organised and works to deadlines with project management experience


·         Has an understanding of the theatre scene in Worcestershire


·         Can manage budgets


·         Is available over the two year period




You will report to Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer for the duration of the project.


To apply:


Please send in a letter of no more than two sides of A4 outlining experience, skills and why you would like this job by Friday 12th  May  at 5pm to Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer swilson@worcestershire.gov.uk


We aim to select by paper application but we may decide to interview if there is significant interest.



The project is due to start in June 2017 and finish in March 2019  




The fee for the work is: £6,000 over two years including all expenses. We would envisage this to be approximately 30- 40 days over the two year period.