An artistic director/CEO and co-founder (in 1996) of Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf), where he has pioneered programmes for talent and audience development and commissioning new work, and leads on programming. mjf won the Europe Jazz Network Award for Adventurous Programming (2016), the Artistic Director’s Exchange Award (2017) and is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner. Steve is also Creative Director for Jazz North, the jazz development agency for the north of England, is vice-chair of the UK-wide Jazz Promotion Network and sits on advisory panels for Serious and PRS Foundation. He enjoys a wide range of music, people and really old things that still work.
Artists wishing to be considered for the mjf programme can submit via the online artists submissions system at www.manchesterjazz.com . mjf prioritises contemporary, original boundary-crossing work, and currently 15% of the programme is international.