“”I support Jazz Services campaign for more jazz on radio, and a digital platform dedicated to under-represented music, as I consider the BBC is not representing the interests of licence fee payers. I would also urge the BBC Trust to recognise the importance and value of jazz in their forthcoming Strategy Review Consultation.”

Jazz Services, who promote jazz in England, are running an online petition to get the BBC to play more jazz. If you haven’t already signed it, it’s at http://www.jazzservices.org.uk/JazzBusiness/JazzOffAir/tabid/206/Default.aspx. The closing date to sign up is May 20th. There’s also a Facebook page associated with the campaign.

Chris Hodgkins, Director of Jazz Services, explains:

The deadline of May 20th is fast approaching. I would be very grateful if you would forward this to as many people as possible to get the numbers up.

Thank you very much to those who have already participated and who have spread the word.

On 19 January 2010, at London’s Cockpit Theatre, the University of Westminster’s music business network MusicTank and Jazz Services hosted the launch of a major Jazz Services report into the media representation of jazz in the UK. Representing the broadcasters were BBC Radio 3 Controller Roger Wright, Radio 2 Head of Music Programmes Lewis Carnie, and German radio producer Peter Schulze.

Entitled ‘The BBC – Jazz, Policy and Structure in the Digital Age’, the report was presented by jazz lecturer, journalist and broadcaster Professor Stuart Nicholson, with Emma Kendon and Chris Hodgkins of Jazz Services. This report is available on Jazz Services website. Professor Nicholson outlined the particular needs of jazz as a live-performance art, unfavourably compared the BBC’s role in this area with that of other European broadcasters, and suggested a way forward using the new resources made possible by niche-targeted digital radio programming.

The BBC is currently undertaking a Strategy Review Consultation. This consultation is undeniably special as it provides an ideal opportunity to press the case for more jazz on BBC Radio.

We need you to add your voice, the licence fee paying jazz audience.

What you’ll be doing is letting the BBC know loud and clear that jazz must be a vital part of their music mix. You’ll be telling them that they have a duty to make sure jazz receives its fair share of airtime. You’ll also be reminding the BBC that they have championed and influenced jazz in the past and contributed to a truly flourishing scene. And they can do this again.

All you need to do to influence the BBC is to join the online campaign. Jazz Services needs you to do this by 20 May so we can collect all your voices and make sure the BBC and press know just how many people have taken part.

I hope you’ll take a few moments to get involved, and please forward this to your network and friends too – anyone you can think of who would want more jazz on BBC radio.

If you have any questions or feedback, please do drop Jazz Services a line at education@jazzservices.org.uk