J-Night History

J-Night has been successfully sustaining the Hull Jazz Festival and associated programmes of work since 1992, and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017.

J-Night has continually developed over the years. Until 2000 J-Night was directly funded and managed by Hull City Council to produce one Jazz Festival a year. The festival was designed to attract substantial numbers of audience members into Hull, with performances in theatres, clubs and large scale outdoors spaces by international, national and local artists.

In 2000, J-Night developed a year-round programme of work, alongside the Jazz Festival, including concerts, workshops and development work. We became a regularly funded client of Arts Council England in 2005.

J-Night developed into an organisation in its own right in 2009, independent from Hull City Council but funded by the Authority on an annual basis.

We became a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England in 2011 and we've retained NPO status in 2014 and again in 2017, with funding secure until 2022. J-Night has enjoyed a 3-year funding agreement and close relationship with Hull City Council up to and including 2017, the year when Hull became UK City of Culture.

J-Night is also supported by PRS Foundation.