Voting for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2014 is now open to all

Today (6 January), PPL and Jazz Services are excited to announce that voting is now open for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2014, with the final ceremony taking place at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on 13 May.

This year, the award categories for this widely-anticipated event have been updated and expanded – the ‘Musician of the Year’ category will change to become ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ and ‘Vocalist of the Year – to allow for greater acknowledgment of the various art forms comprising jazz performance. There is also the introduction of the ‘Jazz Newcomer of the Year’ award which will recognise the finest fresh talent from the last twelve months.

Everybody is welcome to vote for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and forms can be completed online from the Jazz Services website at The final deadline for entries is 12pm on 3 February 2014. The nine voting categories are:

  • Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2013 by a UK band or musicians)
  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2013)
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2013)
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2013)
  • Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
  • Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
  • Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
  • Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2013)
  • Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK

Jonathan Morrish, Director of PR and Corporate Communications, PPL, said: “As always PPL is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. They have become an increasingly significant event in the calendar of the jazz year and, importantly, continue to help raise the profile of jazz as a genre as well as jazz musicians. It is appropriate that this year sees a greater emphasis on performers with new categories that include jazz vocalist, jazz instrumentalist and jazz newcomer. This year is also special because it represents the tenth year of PPL’s association with the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) and is a relationship that we value very much.”

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards is organised by APPJAG, which has over 100 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament.

Remember to vote online before 3 February 2014, plus follow us on Twitter @ppluk to keep up to date with news about this event. You’ll also hear about other events we support and attend.