mjf is the city’s longest running music festival and is an established part of manchester cultural heritage.

First staged in the summer of 1996, the annual festival has grown to feature hundreds of musicians, across 80 – 100 free and charged events each year.

Along with our festival hub, which now runs the length of St Ann’s Square and Exchange Street, we spread the festival across the city in new venues each year as well as established favourites such as RNCM, Matt & Phreds, St Ann’s Church and Band on the Wall.

We not only champion regional jazz artists but also present new and original materials through our commissions and premieres.

We are supportive of up and coming musicians and champion new talent. We run several year round talent development programmes and have helped launched the careers of a host of artists.

Through all of our work we celebrate musical innovations, creativity and pushing musical boundaries.

The mjf team: 

The mjf board:

mjf is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner supported by PPL and in association with Youth Music. We are a Keychange signatory, pledging a 50/50 gender balance in our programming, and a Founder Member of Black Lives in Music.

We are also a member of the Europe Jazz Network and a founder member of the Jazz Promotion Network.