Jazz And The Beeb: A Love Supreme Or Kind Of Blue?

09 Dec 2010

Excerpts of Stuart Nicholson’s keynote speech.

This event began with an update on the economic impact of jazz in the UK, courtesy of an imminent follow-up report to ‘The Economic Value of Jazz’ (2004/5), which served to set the scene behind the continually evolving UK jazz economy. ‘The Economic Value of Jazz – pt II’ (2008) takes into account record sales, funding and other economic indicators, revealing the true picture of the changing face of jazz in Britain.

With the scene set, the main trust of this think tank was the consideration of the role of the BBC in supporting and developing jazz, and by extenstion all niche genre. At its heart was Jazz Service’s published report, ‘The BBC – Public Sector Broadcasting, Jazz, Policy and Structure in The Digital Age’, which looks at whether the BBC is doing all that it could and many argue should, to support jazz and other niche genre.

This think tank also considered whether an increasingly competitive, commercial broadcast environment has put the BBC in an unenviable position with a swathe of musical heritage and culture falling victim to a tussle between programming spend and ratings?

With current interest in jazz experiencing a current high, are its pleas for more support from the ‘the nations favourite’ justified?

For full details on this event, including write-ups and report access: here…

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