The Scottish Jazz Federation are currently promoting a new Rural Touring Scheme, run in association with Jazz Services, for bands who are interested in playing in places away from the cities and big towns.

The scheme

is designed to promote musicians and bands of merit not readily promoted by the commercial sector and other agencies and to maximise attendance at these events and reflect Jazz Services equal opportunities policy. The policy is mainly geared to small groups and covers the full range of jazz music, idioms and styles.

If you’re interested in applying, you need to submit an application form and demo CD by 5pm on Friday 10th June 2011, and must be available to play the Rural Touring Forum Conference on the 12th and 13th of July.

There’s more information on the Scottish Jazz Federation web site, and the application form and guidelines can be found on the Jazz Services site.

And remember: rural Scotland includes the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway as well as the Highlands and Islands.