Application Details Terms & Conditions


at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

Jessica Foxley was a talented musician who died at the age of 21 in 2009. Soon after their loss, Jessica’s family decided they wanted to do something to help young musicians develop their musical abilities and gain exposure. The outcome of this was the formation of Jessica Foxley Music Projects, a not for profit organisation dedicated to running music projects aimed at:

  • helping upcoming young musicians to extend their experience and develop their skills
  • giving public exposure to outstanding young musicians
  • helping sustain existing music making activities by introducing fresh, young talent
  • collaborating with other organisations to provide high calibre performance opportunities for young musicians

Our first music project, Jessica Foxley Stages, was set up in 2010. Formerly known as Jessica Foxley Unsigned, each year it provides high profile performance opportunities for young musicians at Colne’s award winning Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival over the August Bank Holiday. Being the tenth time we have run the project, this year will be a special celebration for us.

In partnership with the organisers of the festival, our aim is to select outstanding young blues based musicians to perform at the festival. Applications are invited via our website. Suitable young talent will be selected by a panel of judges and performance slots allocated on the two main stages (Muni and Hippodrome). There are four 1hr slots available this year.

There is a simple online application form which must be completed in order to be considered. The form is available on our website at There is no entry fee.

As part of the process, applicants need to submit a direct link to one sound recording of a song performed by them, along with a direct link to a video of their act performing at least one song live. This can be on a website or on YouTube, Vimeo or similar service. These need not be public links.

Regrettably we will not be able to enter into any correspondence with applicants although we may get in touch with updates about the applications or the festival.

Our focus is on supporting musicians up to the age of 25. As a minimum, the lead musician in a band must be age 25 or under on 31st August 2019. At least 50% of band members must be UK nationals residing in the UK.

The organisers reserve the right to produce sound and /or video recordings of festival performances. Any material submitted and any consequent live performance at the auditions or at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival may be broadcast or streamed on the radio /television /internet without further consultation (subject to payment of any appropriate performance royalties paid by the PRS to its member songwriters).

Applicants must be willing to take part in any reasonable publicity deemed appropriate by the organisers (including interviews, photo calls and broadcasts).

All applications will be scrutinised by a panel of judges including professional blues musicians and broadcasters, who will use the submitted sound recordings and videos to select a shortlist and winners. Successful applicants will be notified by email.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
a)            Originality
b)            Creativity
c)             Technical ability
d)            Musical compatibility (with a broadly based, contemporary Blues festival)
e)            Entertainment value

Successful applicants will be paid a performance fee of £100 per performing band member, up to a maximum of £400 per band.

Find out more about Jessica, Jessica Foxley Stages and Jessica Foxley Music Projects at
Full details of The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, including details of line-up are available at

The application deadline is Wednesday 20th March 2019. We expect to notify successful applicants in April.


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