Promotion anxieties

Jazz promoters within the UK scene


  • Haftor Medbøe Edinburgh Napier University
  • Zack Moir Edinburgh Napier University and The University of the Highlands and Islands



Promoters, Jazz, Scene, Ecology


Definitions and roles of the promoter within the ecology of the music industries have over recent years become the subject of attention by academics working within the field of popular music studies. It has become accepted that precise definitions are difficult to apply, due to both the varied understanding of the term ‘promoter’, and the diverse nature of their activities. Where the promoter is the conduit between artist and audience, the ways and means by which this is manifested varies greatly between individuals. Rather than further attempting to provide distinct definitions as applied to the promoter, this paper aims to offer a nuanced examination of the motivations, professional networks, and occupational challenges that contribute to the self-perceptions of five promoters working in the context of a local jazz scene within an undisclosed city in the United Kingdom. 

Author Biographies

Haftor Medbøe, Edinburgh Napier University

Haftor Medbøe is Associate Professor of Music and Jazz Musician in Residence at Edinburgh Napier University where he lectures in composition and improvisation. In tandem with pursuing an active career as a composer and musician, his research interests fall broadly within the elds of New Jazz Studies with numerous outputs on themes and topics including jazz dissemination, pedagogy, identities, and ecologies. 

Zack Moir, Edinburgh Napier University and The University of the Highlands and Islands

Zack Moir is a Lecturer in Music at Edinburgh Napier University and the University of the Highlands and Islands, UK. His primary research interests are in popular music in higher education, popular music composition pedagogy, jazz, and the teaching and learning of improvisation. He is an active composer and performer, and has published on a range of topics including popular music pedagogy, popular music making and leisure, and popular music songwriting/composition. 


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How to Cite

Medbøe, H., & Moir, Z. (2017). Promotion anxieties: Jazz promoters within the UK scene. Jazz Research Journal, 11(1), 7–27.




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