The J-Word is a new collaboration of leading venues committed to sharing the best live music in the world by developing a network of quality international jazz programming.

Initiated and led by the Scottish Jazz Federation, the J-Word is funded with investment from Creative Scotland and partners.


The J-word’s partners and collaborators include:

The Audience Business, Eden Court Theatre Inverness, Aberdeen Performing Arts, Perth Theatre, AtFife, Queens Hall Edinburgh, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Promoters Arts Network, Noble Ox Marketing, Strangelove Music PR and Inner Ear.


The J-word’s artistic aims are:

  • To establish Scotland as a market leader for international jazz touring
  • To create a strong network of promoters and venues for small and medium scale jazz touring across Scotland
  • To raise the profile and increase quality of International and Scottish jazz programming throughout Scotland
  • To develop touring opportunities for Scottish-based jazz artists
  • To maintain and increase the Scottish jazz audience

The Scottish Jazz Federation

The Scottish Jazz Federation was set up in 2005 to represent the needs of the jazz community in Scotland. Its aims are:

  • To work towards developing jazz in Scotland: specifically, to benefit the public by increasing the availability of high-quality jazz music and education in Scotland and the level of participation of players, learners and listeners
  • To represent the interests of Scottish jazz: we aim to become the  recognised representative body for Scottish jazz artists, educators and promoters; able to lobby policy-makers, co-ordinate action and deliver definitive research