In this post I want to show and explain the 2 major European jazz conferences that have attendance of over 3000 bookers, managers, jazz artists, presenters, with expo hall booths, showcases, networking meetings, etc.
If you want to understand what is going on in jazz in Europe and truly want to make Europe happen for you and you can afford it then you should attend one. I will explain and present the two most important ones for US artists in two separate posts and then a summary of other important possibilities in a 3rd post.
First – The Jazzahead Conference – Bremen Germany – April 2015
I will start with the Jazz Ahead Conference in Bremen Germany because I have attended, in fact we were one of the first label/artists/promoters who attended, set up a booth, and showcased. Our Blujazz Label and Promotions artist, jazz violinist, Diane Delin, showcased and booked the Guinness Cork Ireland Jazz Fest as the dir of the fest attended. This was 6 years ago and we plan to go back this year. We couldn’t afford it until again until now because of the loss of our Jazz Club. Ah cest la vie.
So Jazz Ahead’s own words:
jazzahead! is the most important international jazz trade show, incl. its integrated showcase festival. For the past eight years, the
trade fair has been steadily growing.
The showcase festival features top-class jazz from Germany, Europe and beyond and has established itself as one of the most important international networking spaces for jazz musicians. Bands that perform here have previously submitted an application and have been selected by a jury of experts.
jazzahead! 2014 facts and figures:
- more than 700 exhibiting companies from 38 countries
- more than 2,500 registered delegates from 50 countries
- (business activities of participants included: artists, bookers, labels, agencies, publishers, distributors, production companies, instrument manufacturers, press,institutions, associations, and more)
- over 100 concerts and showcases on more than 30 stages all throughout the city
- over 12,500 visitors to the concerts and showcases
- more than 230 registered media and press representatives
But jazzahead! is not just a „must-go event“ for the international jazz industry – it is a cultural festival for any jazz lover. While the jazz scene meets, exchanges ideas and does business, the public is right there amidst the action.
In addition to the trade events, jazzahead! features a broad range of musical and cultural events that are organized in cooperation with numerous arts & culture institutions in Bremen:
the Partner Country Program: gala concerts, film screenings, exhibtions, theater, literature, dance and lots more present jazzahead!‘s partner country‘s culture and art scene over a span of a few weeks. Following this year‘s partner country Denmark, in 2015 France will present itself at jazzahead!
SO, So at this point many US major booking agencies, managers, and artists showcase or attend as well as 38 other countries of the same people. It is a place to exhibit and showcase that is a process and costs lots of money but it is also an event that you can just attend and the networking possibilities are enormous.