The classical music world has a sophisticated network of such organisations, and British jazz should aspire to have the same.
Here is a very modest organisational wishlist, with details of the comparable existing classical counterparts and how much funding they received from the Arts Council last year:
National Jazz Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra - £2,193,283
National Jazz Centre
Royal Opera House - £26,342,464
Small Group Jazz / Composition Development Centre
Aldeburgh Music - £1,368,199
National Centre for Early Jazz / Repertory Jazz
National Centre for Early Music - £233,416
Jazz Education / Development Programme
Royal Opera House Bridge Development - £730,000 (from next year)
For each of the classical counterpart organisations I listed, I could have easily listed a tiresome number of examples. There are also many other structures I have not suggested jazz alternatives to.
The whole of British jazz received a paltry £1.17m this year.
This must change.