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Steve Mead

Artistic Director/CEO and co-founder of Manchester Jazz Festival

Steve Mead is Artistic Director/CEO and co-founder (in 1996) of Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf), where he has pioneered programmes for talent and audience development and commissioning new work. mjf won (and is still the only UK recipient of) the Europe Jazz Network Award for Adventurous Programming (2016), the Artistic Director’s Exchange Award (2017), is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner and was the first UK Keychange Associate Festival, in recognition of mjf’s achievements in presenting a gender-balanced programme. Steve is also Creative Director for Jazz North, the ACE-funded jazz development agency for the north of England, is vice-chair of the UK/IE-wide Jazz Promotion Network and sits on advisory panels for Serious and PRS Foundation. He is a frequent visiting speaker at various international music conferences and also runs bespoke consultancy and management services to artists at various stages of their career.

He enjoys a wide range of music, people and really old things that still work.