Watch this video to hear Jamie explain the opportunity:

Jamie Cullum is without doubt, one of the world’s most exciting, charismatic and energetic musicians , always pushing boundaries. No surprise then that he’s at the forefront of a unique project showcasing the latest connective technology.  He’s teamed up with UK charity ‘Music For All’ to offer a one-off opportunity for amateur musicians to BE his band for a day on June 25th, with an amazing technology twist.

He’s now calling for 6 amateur musicians (bass, drums, keys, guitar and two singers), of any age, to participate in this pioneering project, destined to be remembered as a landmark moment in music making, and he wants YOU to be part of it.

Jamie needs a drummer, keyboard player, bass player, guitarist and two vocalists.

If you feel you’ve got what it takes to mix it up with one of the world’s most critically acclaimed artists we want to hear from you now.

June 25th 2019; You’ll rehearse with Jamie then play live with him, performing music from his eagerly awaited new album, and be part of a unique moment in the latest new technology innovation. Here’s the technology twist:  while Jamie will be in a major Central London venue, his new band will be in Bristol AND Birmingham all remotely connected via 5G in a world-first in new technology, a truly life-changing Music Lesson with Jamie.

All you need to do is send us a YouTube link to a Jazz or Pop style clip of you performing a piece of music that best demonstrates your talent, with a bio and a few words telling us why you want to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity  to get noticed by the industry’s decision makers. But don’t delay, the closing date for entries is 26th May.

You’ll be in great company too. The event is led by Music for All, supported by King’s College London, EE, Yamaha, the City of London Corporation, the University of Bristol and We The Curious.

If you’re selected to be in the band, we’ll send you the music in advance together with Jamie’s personal tips and requirements for the Gig, and help you all along the way.



How to apply:


We are looking for:

  • A drummer
  • A bass player (double bass or electric)
  • Keyboard player (jazz organ e.g. Hammond)
  • A guitarist
  • Two singers

You must be an amateur musician, with a desire to learn and bring your playing to the next level. Enthusiasm and performance energy are more important than raw technique.


  • Create a video of you playing your instrument, in a jazz style and in a pop style.
  • Upload the video to YouTube. (The video does not need to be public). Copy the link.

Email with all of the following information, by midnight on Sunday 26th May:

1. Your name, address, telephone number and email.

2. Link to your perfomance video.

3. Question for Jamie: What would you like to ask Jamie about how to develop your playing to the next level?

4. Why do you think more people should be making music? (in 20 words or less)

5. A brief overview of your playing experience.

6. A statement that you are an amateur musician and will abide by the rules below.

Before you enter, be sure to read the rules below.



1. All entries must be via videos uploaded to YouTube and submitted to the email address above, and including all the information listed. No other emails or points of contact will be accepted.

2. Entries must be received by 23.59 (BST) on Sunday 26th May 2019.

3. Applicants may be of any age, but those under 18 must accompany their application with a statement from their parent/guardian that they support their application.

4. You need to be okay with us sharing your performance which will be filmed, photographed and live streamed.

5. You need to be available to travel to Bristol, Birmingham or London on 25th June for the event and must cover all your own travel and accommodation costs for the event.

6. You must commit to preparing and rehearsing for the event.

7. The judges’ decision is final.





About Music For All

Music For All Charity believes that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to play music. Making Music changes lives.  But not enough people are fortunate enough to have access to musical instruments or ways to help them to learn and discover. This is where we come in.

  • We donate instruments and music tuition to individuals who need our help.
  • We make grants available to address the musical needs of community music groups and educational organisations.
  • We bring free of charge ‘Learn to Play’ experiences to people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • We promote the life-changing benefits of music making

Jamie Cullum is a Music for All ambassador and a Yamaha Piano Artist.


About King’s College London

King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2017/18 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King’s has more than 29,600 students (of whom nearly 11,700 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 8,000 staff. The Centre for Telecommunications Research has been involved in numerous high impact technology developments related to 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), security with applications to music, the arts, medicine and transport.


About The Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol and our 5GUK Test Network 

The Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol is a hub for internet research which addresses grand societal and industrial challenges. We perform cutting edge research on optical and wireless communications and offer a unique holistic approach to hardware and software co-design, solving critical problems in the global internet evolution. We are world leaders in 5G convergence research and have deployed 5G capability in Bristol city centre focusing on the convergence of fibre infrastructure and 5G wireless access. The Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol 5GUK Test Network is the UK’s first urban 5G End-to-End Testbed.


About We The Curious 

We The Curious was previously known as At-Bristol Science Centre; an educational charity with an aim to “make science accessible to all”, it opened in 2000, and welcomed over 5 million visitors in the past 17 years. At-Bristol relaunched as We The Curious in September 2017, with a new vision that is committed to creating a culture of curiosity.

We The Curious is an idea and a place for everyone. Our venue on Bristol’s harbourside is a bit like an indoor festival, with all sorts of different experiences, where you can interact with exhibits, test stuff out and participate rather than just visit.  Our venue houses 250 interactive exhibits, live science shows, collaborative experiments and the UK’s only 3D planetarium.  

We’re all about empowering everyone to ask questions and get creative – with boundaries removed between science, art, people and ideas – a culture of curiosity.


About The City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.  The City of London’s “Gigabit City” programme aims to provide world leading wired and wireless connectivity for businesses, residents and visitors to the Square Mile, and to ensure that the Square Mile is one of the UK’s first 5G cities.



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