Suited for mobile devices, more information and up-to-date – this is our new website. Right in time for the 12th edition of jazzahead! we have not only freshened up our look but also already opened the registration for the upcoming jazzahead!. Register HERE. And: On your registration as professional participant the first rate of 135,00 […] Read More
As of now, registered professional participants, exhibitors and co-exhibitors of jazzahead! 2017 can submit their showcase application for the jazzahead! showcases 2017. NEW: The application process is run via the integrated application system on this website. One-stop. Applications can be turned in for the modules German Jazz Expo (artists from Germany), the Finnish Night (Jazz […] Read More
In the past years, our exhibitors have repeatedly been contacted via mail by a company named „EXPO GUIDE S.C.”. Please do not answer their data request! EXPO GUIDE sends out this offer to a number of different events and the respective exhibitors. We would like to point out that we are in no way affiliated […] Read More
2) Register as Co-Exhibitor on a shared umbrella stand
Some of our umbrella stands are:
Umbrella Stand Germany / German Market German Market runs under the stand number 6C23. Here bookers and promoters for clubs and festivals from Germany, musicians and bands as well as other parties from Germany find their place to go. This area is subsidized and the registration fee is 125 € + 19 % VAT.
Umbrella Stand USA This stand has the stand number 6A24 and can can be booked by management and booking agencies, promoters for clubs and festivals, musicians and bands as well as other participants from the USA. This umbrella stand is organized by jazzahead! and Johanan (Jo) Bickhardt and the registration fee is 325€ + 19% VAT (a second pass for a company member is only 135€+19%VAT). If you have further questions or need more details regarding the stand and/or jazzahead!, please contact Jo via e-mail at: email@example.com
Umbrella Stand Showcasing Artists & International Promoters This stand has the stand number 6C16 and is the place to be for our showcasing artists, jury members and international guests. This area is organized by MESSE BREMEN and the registration is free for all 2017 showcasing artists, jury members and international guests. For all other bookers registration fee is 125 € + 19 % VAT.
Umbrella Stand Finland
Other umbrella stands / country umbrella stands Various regions and countries already have an umbrella stand at jazzahead. If you wish to register as a co-exhibitor please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will forward your request to the organizers of these stands.
3) Register as professional participant for one or all for days
jazzahead! is an exhibition and meeting point for the international jazz scene. Since its premiere in 2006, the event has enriched the regional and national cultural scene with its high quality and diverse jazz as well as with international flair.
With its unique concept combining showcase festival, conference, exhibition and festival – all revolving around the central topic “jazz” – the event has become the must-go networking event for the global jazz scene.
15.000 visitors to the concert on the trade fair weekend
2.742 professional participants from 57 contries
969 exhibiting companies
more than 110 concerts and showcases in 4 days
Are you looking for a special presentation space on site at jazzahead!? You can now book rooms at hall 6 & 7. You can choose between small conference rooms or bigger rooms for presentations or receptions. You will find an overview of the options and conditions in a few days here.
early bird rate for professional partic
ipant registration ends
October 31st, 2016
showcase application deadline
End of November 2016
announcement of the showcasing artists
January 13th, 2017
second discounted rate for professional
March 17th, 2017
deadline guide entry & deadline for st
March 24th, 2017
deadline for ordering extra stand mater
ial (service handbook)
April 12th, 2017
online registration will close. Registration is possible on site
Partner Country 2017: Finland In cooperation with Music Finland and Finnland-Institut in Germany
Finland as jazzahead!’s partner country 2017 will be highlighted with its jazz scene during jazzahead! festival and trade fair. The opening showcase night is dedicated to the partner country, presenting eight Finnish bands at the stages in Hall 7 and Kulturzentrum Schlachthof. At the fair, a partner country lounge as well as a stand of the partner country will be the place to get in contact with the Finnish jazz scene and its protagonists. During the jazzahead! festival (link zu festival), Finland will also be the focus point of various events that introduce Finnish culture to the Bremen based audience far beyond jazz and music. This festival, starting April 13th, will over the course of two and a half weeks present literature, art, theatre, performances as well as music and will find its culmination point during the jazzahead! trade fair weekend.
jazzahead! chooses its partner countries, applications are not possible. However, countries and export bureaus can express their interest via e-mail to project manager Sybille Kornitschky.
Former partner countries:
German Jazz Expo ist the framework in which all events and program contents concerning the German jazz scene take place.
This includes panels with topics concerning the scene in Germany as well as the following main cornerstones:
Is the umbrella stand at the trade fair, where German club promoters, festival makers and bookers as well as German jazz musicians can register as co-exhibitor. By this, they áre easy to find and meet and do enjoy all the advantages of an exhibitor registration: listing in the Guide and online database, access to all registered participants and the possibility to schedule meetings ahead of the trade fair.
The German Market is funded by Initiative Musik gGmbH making the registration cost-effective with only 125 € + 19% VAT. The German market booth located in Hall 6, stand number 6C23. Members of UDJ can register also as co-exhibitor on the German Market. Please contact Maleni Piyasiri for further information.
German Jazz Expo Showcases
The eight showcases of the showcase module German Jazz Expo show Jazz made in Germany on Saturday, April 28th, 2017.
Jazz for Kids – a project of jazzahead! in Bremen with the state Baden-Württemberg and further partners. Jazz for Kids is an idea that wants to reach kids at nursery and primary school age and their family environment, rethinks, stimulates and implements the commission of (jazz) music for kids, repositions jazz clubs and other organizers in educational policy and should anchor jazz sustainably in society and everyday culture.
At jazzahead! 2017 the way has already been paved for a public conference in 2017.
jazzahead! is not a regular music festival where bands can apply to play – instead, jazzahead! is an international industry meeting for the jazz professionals from all over the world with an integrated showcase festival. The 2017 edition of the event will consist of these showcase modules: Finnish Night, European Jazz Meeting, German Jazz Expo and Overseas Night.
An international jury of experts will then review all applications and select which of the proposed bands/artists will get one of the 40 showcase slots.
The application phase will start in mid-September 2016. Application deadline is October 31, 2016.
How can I apply for a showcase?
1. Precondition for applying for a showcase slot is that the band/artist is proposed by a registered (co-)exhibitor or – since 2016 – a professional participant (all days) of jazzahead! 2017. Of course, bands/artists can register themselves as (co-)exhibitors (e.g. with an umbrella stand) or professional participants (all days) as well.
To register as a (co-)exhibitor or as a professional just click here.
2. After registration you just need to login to your jazzahead! account and apply via our online application form. Please select the fitting module for your band and enter all information needed.
In 2017 the showcase application system is integrated in our website www.jazzahead.de. After registration you just need to login to your jazzahead! account and apply via our online application form.
The period for submitting applications will start in September 2016.
Application deadline is October 31, 2016.
Please note the Preconditions for Showcases at jazzahead! 2017.
The showcase bands are selected by annually changing international juries from the industry. Each of the four showcase modules has its own jury team consisting of seven expert from the international jazz scene, such as festival directors and club programmers.
Criteria for showcase selection for the juries
The main criteria for selection are musical quality and whether the band/artist is able to perform on an international level. After the online voting, a second voting session will be hold with all jury members via telephone conference. Then, further criteria will be taken into account (such as composition of the band or country of origin) in order to assure a diversified and interesting program.
„The showcase has been a great chance for David Helbock and his colleagues and we succeded in getting a number of promoters and festivals to take interest in the band."
(Eva Mikusch, kunst+)
After exiting the autobahn, simply follow the signs for Centrum/Messe Bremen. Bremen’ s modern system of navigation will lead you from the autobahn through the city and to the Exhibition Centre. Alternatively, use the Google Route Planner.
Please use the following address for your satnav: Theodor-Heuss-Allee, 28215 Bremen / specific destination “Messe”.
Parking is possible with a fee directly in front of the exhibition halls at the car park “Bürgerweide”.
MESSE BREMEN is located in walking distance near the main station. Take the north exit towards “Bürgerweide” and reach the Exhibition Centre and the ÖVB-Arena after a short walk. Bremen main station is operated by regional as well as long distant trains.
City Airport Bremen is less than 7 km from the city centre and the Bremen Exhibition and Conference Centre, and it is connected to all major hubs and airports in Germany and Europe, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Copenhagen, London, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. The tram stops are directly outside the airport, and you can take line 6 (to Blumenthalstraße) to get to the Exhibition Centre in around 18 minutes.
Theodor-Heuss-Allee, 28215 Bremen
Arrange your hotel accommodation now!
The BTZ Convention Bureau offers rooms in different price ranges to all participants of jazzahead! 2017.
Please make your reservation online or complete the hotel booking form.
Payment has to be made directly to the booked hotel.
The rooms are booked on definite basis. In the event of amendment, cancellation or no-show, a cancellation is free of charge until 24 hours before. Except: Hotel Residence (free cancellation up to 30 days before arrival), Steigenberger (free cancellation up to 14 days before arrival), InterCity Hotel Bremen (free cancellation up to 7 days before arrival), Hotel Munte am Stadtwald & 7Things (free cancellation up to 3 days before arrival), Dorint Park Hotel Bremen & Designhotel Überfluss (free cancellation up to 48 hours before arrival). Afterwards the relevant hotel’s cancellation terms shall apply.
Your benefit for booking your hotel with the BTZ:
On presentation of your hotel booking confirmation in one of our tourist information centers you will receive a free audio-guide tour. Enjoy the city center an individual tour by yourself with expert descriptions!
Consulting and Reservation – all in one service
BTZ – Convention Bureau
Ms Swantje Westphal
Phone: +49 (0)421 30 800 15
Fax: +49 (0)421 30 800 3815
service center: +49 (0)421 30 800 10
WARNING EXHIBITOR HOUSING SERVICES (EHS)
Our exhibitors have been contacted by EHS directly with special hotel deals. We are in no way in contact or affiliated with this company. If you want to book a hotel safely, please use the approved hotel list by jazzahead! and BTZ.
Rent a bike at jazzahead!
Do it like the people in Bremen and take the bike! Discovering the city and enjoying jazzahead! is easy and convenient when you rent a bike from the ADFC and download the free navi app for cyclists, the ‘Bremen bikecitizens App’ . The app shows you the nicest routes for getting around the city, knows where all the jazzahead! clubnight venues are, and guides you safely to your destination.
You can book a bike via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or on site at the bike it! rental station in front of Hall 7.
Download the free Bremen bikecitizens App: Google Play and App Store
Be mobile on all days of jazzahead! with our VBN Mobility Ticket: It includes the use of public transport in Bremen and surroundings operated by VBN* from April 27th 2017, (09:00am) until April 30th 2017, (11:59pm) incl. night-ride supplements. This ticket is only available at the ticket center on site at the registration counter Price: 13,50 € (no discounts available)
*The ticket is valid for economy class, tickets are personalized and not transferable to other persons
jazzahead! trade fair
jazzahead! is the most important international jazz trade show, incl. its integrated showcase festival. Since 2006, 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! 2016 facts and figures:
15.000 visitors to the concert on the trade fair weekend
2.742 professional participants from 57 contries
969 exhibiting companies
more than 110 concerts and showcases in 4 days
But jazzahead! is not just a „must-go event“ for the international jazz industry – it is also a festival. While the jazz scene meets, exchanges ideas and does business, the public is right there amidst the action. In addition to the showcase concerts, jazzahead! festival features a broad range of musical and cultural events that are organized in cooperation with numerous arts & culture institutions in Bremen and highlight the jazz and culture scene of an annually changing partner country.
In 2017 Finland will be jazzahead!’ s partner country and the focus of both the trade fair and festival.
Former partner countries
2016: Switzerland 2015: France 2014: Denmark 2013: Israel 2012: Spain 2011: Turkey
Applications for jazzahead! 2017 showcase festival can be submitted from the beginning of September 2016 and will end on October 31st, 2016.
ON WHICH MODULE SHALL I/MY BAND APPLY?
We have 4 showcase Modules: Finnish Night, German Jazz Expo, Overseas Night and European Jazz Meeting. For the Finnish Night, the band should be a formation from Finland (this means, the majority of the band members should have a residence in Finland). For the Overseas Night, the band should be a formation from outside of Europe (this means, the majority of the band members should have a residence outside of Europe). For the German Jazz Expo, the band should be a formation from Germany (this means, the majority of the band members should have a residence in Germany). For the European Jazz Meeting, the band should be a European formation (this means, the majority of the band members should have a residence in Europe, excl. Germany and Finland).
You can suggest 1 band for each showcase module only (4 modules = 4 bands max.). The same band cannot be submitted for different modules!
HOW DO I APPLY VIA JAZZAHEAD.DE?
New in 2017: the showcase application system is integrated into our website www.jazzahead.de. As registered (co-) exhibitor or professional participant (all days) you just need to log into your jazzahead! account. After log in please select “Showcases” and “Application” in the menu. The applications are submitted via an online application form. Please select the fitting module for your band and enter all information needed.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A SHOWCASE?
Precondition for applying for a showcase slot is that the band/artist is proposed by a registered (co-)exhibitor or professional participant (all days) of jazzahead! 2017. Of course, bands/artists can register as (co-)exhibitors (e.g. with an umbrella stand) or professional participants (all days) themselves as well. An international jury of experts will then review all applications and select which of the proposed bands/artists will get one of the showcase slots. After the registration it is very easy to submit an application online via our integrated application system at www.jazzahead.de. Please click here for further information.
MY BAND IS TOURING, ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BOOKING US?
The jazzahead! showcasing bands apply and are chosen by a jury. jazzahead! does not make the booking for the showcase concerts. Please see the first question for details on how to apply for a showcase concert.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS TO ATTEND JAZZAHEAD!?
You can come as an exhibitor with your own stand or you can register as a co-exhibitor, professional participant or press representative. All professional participation options with prices and hall plans can be found here. The following services are only available as a professional:
1. Éntrance to the exhibititon in hall 6 2.Personal badge & jazzahead!-bag with information material (issued at the venue) 3.Entry in the list of professional participants with all important personal data (online & printed) and a log-in to the online database WIFI is included at jazzahead! 5.Regular discount on the ticket for the jazzahead! clubnight in Bremen city
HOW CAN I REGISTER?
Step 1: To register for jazzahead!, you need to create an account first and choose your individual participation option afterwards: create an account
Step 2: If you already have an account you can login and choose your participation option as an exhibitor, co-exhibitor, professional participant or press representative: login
HOW CAN I PAY?
You will get the invoice to your indicated e-mail after your online registration. Please notice that the sending could take a few days. Payment is to be made after the issue of the invoice immediately and at the latest 14 days after receiving the invoice. You can pay by bank transfer or credit card. New in 2017: professional participants can pay right their registration by credit card or PayPal online.
WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY VAT?
Customers from Germany have to pay the GERMAN VAT. We can only remit the VAT of 19% for other exhibitors (inside and outside of Europe) with an own stand if we have the necessary certifications. Registrations as professional participants are reliable to German VAT in any case, they are handled like visitor tickets.
CAN I ALSO SEE THE SERVICE HANDBOOK ONLINE?
If you are registered as an exhibitor or co-exhibitor and already logged in at our website, you will find all order forms and the service handbook here (available from January 2016).
HOW MAY I ARRANGE DELIVERY OF GOODS AND PACKAGES FOR MY STAND?
For deliveries please use the following address:
hall 6 & stand No. c/o MESSE BREMEN / Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH
Tor D / Depot
28215 Bremen Germany.
You can also use the order form B6 (service handbook)
HOW DO I KNOW WHO IS COMING TO JAZZAHEAD!, AND HOW CAN I ARRANGE, AHEAD OF TIME, TO MEET THEM?
Our database is visible for all registered persons of jazzahead! 2017 from December 16th, 2016. If you are registered as an exhibitor, co-exhibitor or professional participant and already logged in at our website, you will find all other participants with their contact details here .
MAY I SELL MERCHANDISE OR OTHER ITEMS FROM MY STAND AT JAZZAHEAD!?
Sales transactions are permitted. This excludes gastronomic products. For all exhibits prices are to be clearly marked including VAT and other hidden costs. During consumer events the exhibitor undertakes to refrain from all unfair competition against other exhibitors and local businesses.
CAN I SEE THE CONCERTS IF I AM NOT AN (CO-)EXHIBITOR OR PROFESSIONAL PARTICIPANT?
Visitor tickets for the showcase concerts at Finnish Night, European Jazz Meeting, German Jazz Expo and Overseas Night are available as individual tickets, for full days or for all days. Since 2016 the tickets do not include the trade fair anymore. The gala concert and other special concerts can be visited with a separate ticket. All ticket options can be found on our website.
On the jazzahead! days you can also buy your tickets on-site at the ticket counter in hall 7 but we suggest purchasing them in advance, especially the single tickets for the showcases because they are occasionally sold out.
As a visitor, you do not get the special benefits of a professional participant, exhibitor or co-exhibitor.
DO YOU OFFER SPECIAL HOTEL DEALS?
Yes, please have a look at the option here. If you are a press representative and are looking for accommodation, please contact Katharina Busch. If you are a showcasing artist and are looking for accommodation, please contact Insa Stanke.
WHAT ARE THE OPENING TIMES?
Here you find the opening hours as well as the set-up times.
HOW CAN I BOOX MY TICKET FOR THE JAZZAHEAD! CLUBNIGHT?
You can buy your ticket for the jazzahead! clubnight on www.jazzahead.de or directly at the pre-sale offices: Nordwest Ticket (phone +49 (0)421-363636), Ticket-Service at Glocke Bremen (phone: +49 (0)421-336699) and CTS Eventim (phone +49 (0)421-353637). All participating clubs are also selling the jazzahead! clubnight ticket and single tickets only to their venue inadvance and on site. Please note that due to the limited capacity of the venues the jazzahead! clubnight ticket doesn’t guarantee you the right to admission. If a venue is full, you still have the possibility to visit another concert at one of the several participating clubs.
HOW CAN I VISIT EVENTS DURING THE CULTURAL FESTIVAL?
We work together with various cultural institutions in Bremen. Please refer to the events in the calendar to get more info on the ticket for each of these events.
DO THE VENUES HAVE DISABLED ACCESS?
The exhibition centre, Kulturzentrum Schlachthof and Die Glocke do provide disabled access. For information regarding other venues, please get in touch with us.
HOW CAN I PLAY WITH MY BAND AT THE CLUBNIGHT?
If you don’t want to apply for or in case of a rejection to the showcase festival, there is also the possibility to perform at the jazzahead! clubnight which is part of jazzahead!’s public program and takes place at about 30 of Bremen venues in parallel with the official showcase program. Programming, booking and negotiations for the clubnight are solely up to the different venues. All participating clubs will be listed here as of the end of November 2016.
jazzahead! welcomes media representatives and offers support for your reportings. On these pages you can find more information for media representatives including jazzahead! press releases, accreditation and more.
Registration opens for participation in the trade fair and starting signal is given for showcase applications
It is now possible to register for the 12th jazzahead!, the international jazz scene event, on the new jazzahead! website. Showcase applications can also be submitted from now until 31 October. Registration opens for world’s largest jazz industry event Exhibitors, co-exhibitors and trade fair participants can now register for jazzahead! 2017. The international jazz industry […] Read More
The 11th jazzahead!, the world’s largest and most important specialist jazz trade fair, came to a successful end in Bremen, Germany on Sunday. With a total of 969 exhibiting companies and 2,742 professional participants, the number of visitors from the jazz industry has risen yet again. The trade fair organisers attribute this to the extremely […] Read More
Press accreditations for jazzahead! 2016 can now be made online. Please login with your existing accout or create a new one. Then make your register as media representative. This process is for the accreditation for jazzahead! trade fair.
If you wish to access the gala concert or other events during the jazzahead! festival, please contact
To receive maximum visibility for your company, product, service, artist or band, jazzahead! offers numerous promotional opportunities prior to, during and after the event.
From the official exhibitor and participant GUIDE to the festival brochure, from online banners on the website to merchandise products, logo placements and on-site displays to entirely individual solutions – get your perfect presentation space for jazzahead! 2017.
jazzahead! – as the world’s biggest music trade fair focusing on jazz with an integrated showcase festival – offers sponsors the best possibility to show their dedication to music and to approach an international target group. With our sponsoring packages as well as individual solutions we give you the attention you seek.
Looking to address a more regional audience? Support the jazzahead! festival – with its clubnight, open-to-public showcase festival and cultural program that centers around a partner country.