JAM (the John Armitage Memorial Trust) was set up in 2000 by Edward Armitage, Charles Cochrane and Timothy Jackson in memory of John Armitage, initially to enable, promote, commission and support new music in the UK. In this role, JAM commissions regularly win awards, including several British Composer Awards, receive world-wide broadcasts with BBC Radio 3 and have been accepted into both the concert and church repertoire in the UK and around the world. JAM also invites composers to submit music annually for performance with its commissions.
Through JAM on the Marsh, JAM’s multi-art festival based on Kent’s Romney Marsh piloted in 2013, JAM has grown into a significant, broad multi-arts organisation. JAM on the Marsh works with leading lights in the fields of theatre, visual art, photography, poetry and education, with music still very much at its core. JAM on the Marsh brings arts opportunities and education to this deprived part of the UK, that would not otherwise happen.
JAM and JAM on the Marsh are well known and respected by composers, artists, venues, funders and media alike, especially for their collaborations within the UK and further afield, such as in the US and Canada.