Sounds like a reasonable idea, as they describe it on the Scottish Arts Council website:
...a unique opportunity to take ‘time out’ to develop their musical output and their business skills.
And in wonderfully cheesy business speak:
The aims of Time Out are to provide:
• SPACE to explore and develop creative and business ideas with peers and industry specialists;
• TOOLS and INFORMATION to deal with creative and business opportunities;
• SAFE HAVEN to network, experiment and explore opportunities and ideas in a supportive and creative environment.
The musicians selected to participate are Stuart Brown, Alyn Cosker, Martin Kershaw, Raymond MacDonald and Paul Towndrow.
Unfortunately, regarding the Jazzwise article, they seem to have misunderstood the sort of players it is aimed at, implying that those selected are "budding amateur [...] musicians"!
Time Out: Jazz CPD Scotland comes at a time when much support is needed to help turn budding amateur jazz musicians into professionals.
The guys selected are hardly amateurs! This is after all, continuing professional development...