Two key grants totalling £175,000 will help Birmingham's quest to turn itself into a major force in jazz music.
A number of initiatives will be created including professional development workshops, masterclasses with leading international artists, summer schools, and performance opportunities at music venues and festivals across the city.
Organisers hope that the initiative will provide guidance, tuition and encouragement for young musicians – from their first access to jazz as children through to the early stages of possible careers.
Mary Wakelam Sloan, Jazzlines Programme Manager: “The generous support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Leverhulme Trust, coupled with the existing backing of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and BBC Performing Arts Fund, will empower us further to discover, develop and help promote the next generation of jazz creatives in Birmingham.
“This is a major step forward in securing the city’s place on the UK’s music map – we’re thrilled to be leading the way.”