Vice-Chair Christine Allen has stepped down from Jazz Services Ltd. after almost 8 years. She was an active member of the organisation’s Board and Resources Committee, as well as leading the International Panel. Christine helped in 2012’s restructure of the organisation, appointing Anne Rigg as International and Touring Manager, John Norbury-Lyons as Communications Manager (and now Editor of JazzUK) and Sabina Czajkowska as Listings Editor.
Under her leadership of Jazz Services’ International Panel, attendance at JazzAhead! in Bremen – the most important jazz trade show in the world – has steadily increased with annual support from UKTI, and Jazz Services continues to support the work of Made In The UK, who every year take UK musicians out to Rochester Jazz Festival in the USA and assist with their securing concerts at the Canadian summer festivals. Membership of the European Jazz Network has helped consolidate and develop new contacts in Europe benefitting musicians who wish to work abroad.
“We would like to thank Christine for her contribution to Jazz Services’ activities over the years, and in particular for her work in helping to spread British jazz into other territories,” says fellow JSL board member Dominic McGonigal. “Thankfully the scene will still benefit from her expertise through her other musical endeavours.”
As NPOs around the UK await the results of their funding bids to the Arts Council, Jazz Services is eager to begin the next phase of its development while providing on-going assistance to UK jazz music in all its forms. McGonigal continues; “Jazz Services looks forward to building on the strengths of the UK’s jazz scene, which were so fittingly confirmed by this week’s fantastic Parliamentary Jazz Awards.”
We at Jazz In Europe wish Christine the very best in her future endeavours.