My name is Matt Fripp and I’ve been working as an international booking agent and manager for jazz musicians for the last 8 years.

The aim of Jazzfuel is simple: to provide you – the gigging jazz musician – with the ideas and strategies to build your career faster, yourself.

Of course, making great music is the most important thing, but there are SO many great jazz projects out there compared to the amount of gigs!

Doing a little bit of regular work on things like your promo materials, press texts, social media and mailing lists, as well as planning your releases well in advance, can make a big difference.

Whether you are a recent graduate thinking about your first album or a gig veteran who wants to grow their reputation and tour more internationally, there are articles here to help.

The 'Get Started' Email Series

The absolute best way to get to grips with the different areas covered by Jazzfuel is by joining the mailing list.

When you sign up, I’ll send you a series of short emails over a couple of weeks to take you through the key areas, one by one.

There’s also the offer of a Skype session during this email series, so I can get to know you better and you can ask any questions that might have come up.

Stage 1: Putting Your Tools Together

First impressions count for a LOT when it comes to winning fans and convincing industry people to book you or write about you. 

Attention is short and, especially online, there are a lot of people trying to get heard. So, it’s important that you have some key ‘tools’ together before you start asking people to check out you or your latest project.

If you are about to start to look for gigs, plan an album launch, send out press releases or sell CD’s, make sure you’re looking good in these four areas:

Stage 2: Raise Your Profile

So you’ve been doing some great gigs or you’ve just launched an album that you’re particularly proud of. What next?

If you want to keep building your career, it’s rarely enough to make good music and hope for the best. You need to have a plan for creating news and then spreading it, consistently.

Thanks For Being Here

I hope you see some good results from some of the ideas on this site and would love to hear from you if you have questions or feedback.

If you’ve ever taught music to kids, I’m sure (like me) you’ve preached the benefits of ‘little and often’ – it’s same with this.

Taking care of the non-playing side of your career may seem like a massive task but working consistently on the right things, a few minutes every day or so, will make a big difference to what’s going on with your career.

Talk soon!