Jane Brace is a former BBC-tv journalist now working in PR and specialising in music publicity for independent artists.
Having trained as a journalist and worked in regional newspapers Jane moved into publicity, becoming Press & PR Officer for the famous Chichester Festival Theatre in Sussex, UK (with actors and directors including Sir Laurence Olivier, Omar Sharif, Diana Rigg, Maggie Smith and Edward Fox) and then taking up the post of Publicity Officer, Documentary Features for BBC Television in London. In this role she worked on programmes from Crimewatch to Forty Minutes and Everyman and carried out the launch publicity for Esther Rantzen’s “ChildLine”, the UK’s nationwide helpline for abused children.
Jane later worked as a feature writer for the BBC, interviewing the stars of forthcoming programmes and was then appointed Editor, Printed Publicity, co-ordinating all mainstream tv press releases and press packs leaving BBC Television.
For the past 20 years Jane has been a self-employed journalist and publicist, specialising in arts and music publicity, TV publicity for programmes on Discovery and The Learning Channel and prime time drama for BBC 1, including co-productions with the Canadian Broadcasting Commission.
Jane, who has a busy roster of acoustic artists ,is currently publicity manager for the acclaimed acoustic band Show of Hands, winners of Best Live Act, Best Duo and Best Original Song at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – a band that has achieved a quadruple Royal Albert Hall sell-out - and publicist for 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk awards Musician of the Year, Tim Edey, rising young singer songwriter Luke Jackson, a double nominee in the 2013 Awards and 2014 Awards nominees Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (Best Duo) and Will Pound (Musician of the Year).
She has also carried out successful publicity campaigns for Mercury Prize nominee Seth Lakeman, double Folk Award winner Jackie Oates; Classic Rock Society double award winners Waking the Witch and reunions of 70s cult folk-rock band Decameron. She has also carried out CD release promotion for artists recording on the Chudleigh Roots label, run by 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Musician of the Year” nominee, Phil Beer.
On the world music scene, she has worked with the organisation Roots Around the World, publicising the African Footprint show, with BBC Radio 3 World Music Award nominees Nuru Kane (Senegal) and Etran Finitawa (Niger), together with Papa Noel (Congo), Adan Petrosa (Cuba) and Zimbabwean guitar maestro Rise Kagona, founder member of the Bhundu Boys.
She has also publicised Chichester’s annual Festivities, including the Richard Galliano New York Jazz Trio and was event publicist for the 2006 and 2007 Lewes Guitar Festivals and, in 2009, the biggest folk festival in the north of England, Brampton Live in Carlisle. She also publicised Brampton Live’s All Along the Wall songwriting and poetry project celebrating Hadrian’s Wall and featuring Jez Lowe, Julie Matthews, Boo Hewerdine, Rory Mcleod, Ruth Notman, Kate Fox and Elvis McGonagall.
Jane has also publicised Bristol Folk Festival, which returned to the city in 2011 after three decades, Frome Folk Festival, Lewes Guitar Festival, Brampton Live, HOME Festival at Dartington Hall, Devon and Derby Folk Festival.