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Australian Jazz in Europe
- a market development project

Project background

Australian Jazz in Europe is a two-year market development project with funding provided by the Australia Council for the Arts. Realised by the Australian Music Centre in partnership with SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, the project creates opportunities for Australian jazz in Europe.

The project involves a series of activities around the annual Jazzahead industry event in Bremen, Germany, extending the scope of our existing partnership with SOUNDS AUSTRALIA. We are also making use of the opportunities through the AMC's membership of the Europe Jazz Network.

Over the past few years, the AMC and SOUNDS AUSTRALIA have employed a raft of highly successful strategies to strengthen the visibility of Australian art music at Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam each May. Australian Jazz in Europe seeks to emulate this success for Australian jazz.

The opportunities for deeper engagement at Jazzahead include (but are not limited to):

    Australian delegation at Jazzahead in 2019
  • Advocacy for Australian representation in decision-making contexts, for example, inclusion of an Australian on the Jazzahead jury. In 2019 this has already been achieved, with Melbourne Jazz Festival CEO Jennifer Kerr serving on the 2019 jury, and Paul Grabowsky (pianist, composer and executive director, Performing Arts at the Monash Academy of Performing Arts) on the 2020 jury;
  • Complementing the annual reception at the SOUNDS AUSTRALIA stand with a hosted event involving international programmers and potential collaborators, to provide face-to-face networking opportunities;
  • Developing an Artistic Associates program at Jazzahead, providing an opportunity for Australian jazz artists to develop their international networking skills.

Other aspects of the project include bilateral collaborations and exchanges through the Europe Jazz Network and its associated European Jazz Conference, presented in a different European city in September each year - this event regularly draws over 350 delegates. As the only EJN member in the Southern Hemisphere, the AMC is ideally placed to take advantage of its active presence in this energetic and highly connected network, where members interact and engage with each other with a dizzying array of programming exchanges, collaborations, and projects. We see such engagement as having enormous potential for the Australian jazz community, far beyond the term of this project.


Current opportunities as part of the project

Hamed Sadeghi, AMC's Artistic Associate
at Jazzahead 2020.

In 2020, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA and the AMC will again be providing a platform to support Australian delegates at Jazzahead (23-26 April 2020). Please be in touch with Glenn Dickie at SOUNDS AUSTRALIA or John Davis at the Australian Music Centre to obtain the code to register at a reduced rate under the umbrella of the Australian stand.

The names of the two AMC Artistic Associates for Jazzahead 2020 have been announced. Reuben Lewis and Hamed Sadeghi will join the Australian delegation in Bremen, Germany, on 23-26 April 2020. The role was initially announced as a professional development and networking opportunity for one successful candidate to attend Jazzahead, with their registration costs covered and a $2,500 contribution towards travel and accommodation purposes. We're excited to have been able to extend it to two exceptional artists. Read more.

The 2020 European Jazz Conference will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, in September 2020. The AMC will again be offering an Artistic Associate role for an artist to attend - stay tuned for further details on this in early 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities related to this project at Jazzahead and the European Jazz Conference in 2020 have been postponed. Further information will be available as situation evolves and travel restrictions are eased. 

Reports & coverage

> Hamed Sadeghi and Reuben Lewis to Jazzahead as 'Artistic Associates' (Resonate 30 January 2020)

> A progress report on Resonate (August 2019)

> Australians at Jazzahead 2019

> 'My Jazzahead experience' - blog article by Zela Margossian, Artistic Associate at Jazzahead (Resonate 29 May 2019)

> 'European Jazz Conference 2019: jazz nurturing the soul' - blog article by Aviva Endean, Artistic Associate at the EJN conference in Novara, Italy (Resonate 10 December 2019).