We are happy that the Vortex has been awarded a Creative Europe grant of just under €200,000 as part of a project called Jazz Connective. The other partners are in Dublin, Birmingham, Lyon (from where the project is being co-ordinated), Helsinki, Lodz, Ljubljana.
It will involve musicians touring between the countries, conferences relating to issues such as media and journalism, as well a web site promoting the music across Europe. It is likely that the London part of the project will be in early 2020 (along with Birmingham). The ‘apex’ of the project will occur next summer in Ljubljana, where there will be the largest of the conferences and showcases of artists.
It’s very exciting to be involved with this, as it confirms the status of the club internationally.