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Jacob Collier Bags Gold Honour At 2019 Jazz FM Awards

**Acclaimed British multi-instrumentalist and composer Jacob Collier will be presented with the PRS For Music Gold Award**

**Additional performances on the night confirmed from Steam Down Collective and Eric Bibb & Cherise Adams-Burnett**

It is announced last week that prodigious genre-blurring multi-instrumentalist and 2-time Grammy-winner Jacob Collier will be honoured with the PRS For Music Gold Award at this year’s Jazz FM Awards, which returns to Shoreditch Town Hall on April 30th.

Largely self-taught, the 24-year-old YouTube sensation turned international star has assembled an incredibly impressive CV in a staggeringly short amount of time, collaborating with a rollcall of music icons including Herbie Hancock, Hans Zimmer, and Pharrell Williams, and headlining the Royal Albert Hall for his BBC Proms debut in July. Having been previously honoured with a Jazz FM Award for his 2016 debut album ‘In My Room’, he receives this year’s PRS For Music Gold Award for his outstanding contribution to jazz composition. His new album Djesse, an ambitious 4-part journey through his musical influences, is released throughout 2019.

Andy Harrower, Director of Licensing, PRS for Music, said, "From his earliest performances as an emerging young talent, to his sterling appearances at BBC Proms, Jacob Collier’s rise to become one of the biggest names in British jazz has been meteoric – not to mention the fact that Quincy Jones is such a fan he took him under his wing! It is a genuine delight to be presenting Jacob with the PRS for Music Gold Award at the Jazz FM Awards this year. All of us at PRS for Music would like to extend our warmest congratulations."

Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM Presenter and Awards Judge said, "Jacob’s talents are extraordinary, he possesses a unique ear for harmony as heard not only in his multi layered YouTube songs, but also in his IharmU Internet project. He’s a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic range of influences, who approaches each musical creation with a jazz sensibility. He’s a very worthy recipient of this prestigious award!."

Taking place on International Jazz Day on Tuesday 30th April, the Jazz FM Awards 2019 will celebrate the best emerging new artists, contemporary icons and established stars from across the worlds of jazz, soul and blues, and host exclusive performances throughout the ceremony. Joining Beverley Knight to perform are blues legend Eric Bibb in duet with rising jazz vocalist Cherise Adams-Burnett, and tour de force South London collective Steam Down who are dual nominees in the categories of The Innovation Award and Live Experience of the Year Award. Bibb and Adams-Burnett have been nominated for Blues Act of the Year and Vocalist of the Year respectively. 

View the full nominations list here.

The Jazz FM Awards 2019 is a partnership between Jazz FM and Serious and is sponsored by PRS for Music, PPL, Shoreditch Town Hall, Mishcon de Reya, Lateralize, Cambridge Audio, British Airways, Arqiva, Oanda, RCS, Warsteiner, Savile Row Gin, Denbies, GHS Global Hospitality, and Yamaha UK. 

For more information, please contact Joe Baxter or Natasha Thomas

joe@baxterpr.com / natasha@baxterpr.com / +44 (0)207 636 9562 

Notes to Editors: 

About Jazz FM:

Jazz FM is the largest commercial jazz station in the world, celebrating the complete spectrum of Jazz in all its colourful forms since 1990.  Jazz FM broadcasters, producers and team are true devotees, with a deep love and understanding of their particular Jazz shade, their passion is vivid, their enthusiasm infectious, sharing the finest jazz with everyone. As the UK’s only dedicated Jazz broadcaster, Jazz FM is on a mission to entertain, promote and celebrate all that’s great about Jazz. Involvement with national festivals and awards is part of this - setting the bar high for live performance, recognising outstanding talent and strengthening the Jazz community.

No matter how people tune-in they always listen in colour.

About Bauer Media UK: 

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately-owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

About Serious:                 

Serious is a producer of live jazz and international and contemporary music. Working with artists and partners from the UK and internationally, Serious creates and produces a diverse range of concerts, tours, festivals and live events. Serious creates and produces the EFG London Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 25th year in 2017. 

In addition, Serious is Associate Producer at London’s Barbican. Serious provides Talent Development opportunities for emerging and established artists and delivers an extensive learning and participation programme.