Back in the day, if you needed to know where
was playing, who was on at Ronnie Scottís, which US jazz giant
was due to tour, or just what was on at your local jazz club,
youíd pick-up your copy of the
Melody Maker on
So, as jazz lovers, we ask Ö
What did the
Melody Maker do for you?
This year Covid-19 has impacted all of us. For the National Jazz
Archive itís meant cancelling our fundraising concerts. This has
significantly reduced our income, which we need to
continue preserving our historically important material, as well
as updating our
So, we now ask Ö
What can you do
for the Melody Maker?
National Jazz Archive has in its care, a
complete collection of the
up to 1981. Founded in 1926, primarily for
dance band musicians, itís 1950sĖ1960s editions hold material
that document the cultural British jazz revival. But itís use of
print-on-paper technology makes it extremely
fragile. To ensure the original magazines are protected for
future generations, the Archive needs to conserve and transfer
the collection into acid-free, archival boxes, which can then be
This is where you can help. By donating a single amount, or
agreeing to provide a regular donation you can make a difference
to preserving your cultural jazz heritage through the efforts of
the National Jazz Archive. As an example: £25 will provide 4
archival containers, £200 will fund some 500 specialist
polyester pockets, and £3,000 will help fund a part-time project
archivist to direct our team of volunteers.
To give what you can to help the National Jazz Archive continue
with its efforts on behalf of all jazz lovers just click on the
donate button above.
Please do it now. A large or small donation will make a
difference in this difficult year and youíll be doing something
for jazz in return.
Thank you for your support,
Chair of trustees
National Jazz Archive