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  • jazzahead! | 15.09.2021

    Registration now open for jazzahead! 2022

    Registration now open for jazzahead! 2022 The run-up to jazzahead! 2022 has started: trade participants can register as of now for the 16th edition of the world’s largest international gathering for ...

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    The Deutscher Jazzpreis (German Jazz Prize) 2022 ceremony will be held in Bremen on the evening before the international trade fair opens

    Registration now open for jazzahead! 2022

    The run-up to jazzahead! 2022 has started: trade participants can register as of now for the 16th edition of the world’s largest international gathering for the jazz sector at MESSE BREMEN. For participants who register before Monday 18 October 2021, early bird discounts are available. The application round has also opened for musicians/bands, who can apply now for one of the 40 slots in the jazzahead! 2022 showcases. jazzahead! 2022 will have the motto „together again“, and will run from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May 2022. Registrations and showcase applications can be made via the jazzahead! website.

    Showcase applicants: consultation session to help with the application process
    Bands from Europe, Germany and outside of Europe can now apply for the showcases in the European Jazz Meeting, the German Jazz Expo and the Overseas Night respectively. Applications need to be made before Thursday, 4 November 2021. The original selection for the Canadian Night remains in place. Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN says: „We are pleased to announce that following the postponement of Canada’s participation as partner country in both 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, Canada can now, finally, present a selection of acts from its large and musically very diverse scene.“

    Applications to participate in the showcases, submitted from all over the world, will be selected by four international juries appointed by jazzahead! and will be announced in mid-December. Musicians can find information on the selection criteria and application modalities on the website. Questions about the application process, on the other hand, can be addressed at a special dedicated „Showcase Application“ session to be held via Zoom on Thursday, 14 October at 4 p.m. (CET).

    jazzahead! 2022: a face-to-face event in Bremen, but with an online option
    „We are so much looking forward to an event in Bremen where people will meet again, live and in colour!“ says Kornitschky. For those who cannot make the journey to Bremen, however, there will be the option to participate online. In addition, the jazzahead! team has set aside more space, in order to be prepared for continuing restrictions due to Corona measures. There will be more halls in Bremen in 2022, four concert stages instead of three, and a large circus tent marquee.

    A new feature is that day registration for trade participants and registration for the online-only offer of the hybrid format will have a later start date, Monday, 8 November. Parts of the conference programme will again be recorded in 2022, in order that all online registrants can also participate in the programme. This will give participants on-site the opportunity to experience panels and sessions

    more intensively, even after the fair. The conference part of the trade fair will consist of the professional programme curated by jazzahead! and the exhibitors‘ sessions. Future-oriented topics and current discussions, especially for organisers and musicians, will once again be the main focus. Particular attention will be paid to the challenges for the scene that have changed as a result of the pandemic, always with a focus on solution-oriented approaches.

    German Jazz Prize ceremony to be held in Bremen
    On the night before the opening of the jazzahead! 2022 trade fair, the Deutscher Jazzpreis (German Jazz Prize) ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 27 April 2022. „With the German Jazz Prize we not only want to bring the most outstanding national and international musicians into the spotlight, our aim is to draw attention to the scene as a whole,“ said Tina Sikorski, Managing Director of Initiative Musik. The Deutscher Jazzpreis was instigated in 2020 by the Minister of State for Culture, Prof. Monika Grütters, the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Culture and the Media, to celebrate the innovative strength of Jazz Made in Germany in all its facets. As a centrally funded institution acting for and on behalf of the Federal Government, Initiative Musik is entrusted with delivering and running the Deutscher Jazzpreis.

    „After the successful premiere in 2021 with the main event in Hamburg as well as broadcasts from Munich, Berlin and Mannheim, we are now delighted to be able to celebrate the 2022 award ceremony on the eve of jazzahead! in Bremen – at one of the pivotal events of the international jazz scene,“ says Sikorski. Peter Schulze, one of the two artistic directors of jazzahead!, adds: „The fact that the German Jazz Award will be presented at jazzahead! will give a boost to the internationalisation of jazz from Germany, for the reason that the most influential and active international participants in the scene will be with us and will experience it live.“ The German Jazz Prize 2022 will open for applications from mid-October.

    More info from www.jazzahead.en

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  • jazzahead! | 04.05.2021

    jazzahead! 2021: an event which has given an impetus to the jazz scene

    Exhibitors expressed their satisfaction, trade participants their enthusiasm, artists said how rewarding they had found it: there has been consistently positive feedback and much praise from all sides for jazzahead! ...

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    902 participants from 50 nations exchanging ideas digitally over four days

    Exhibitors expressed their satisfaction, trade participants their enthusiasm, artists said how rewarding they had found it: there has been consistently positive feedback and much praise from all sides for jazzahead! digital 2021, which took place online for the first time under the motto „Close together from afar“.

    In total, 902 participants from 50 nations and 90 exhibitors from 41 countries took part in the digital jazz trade fair from Thursday 29 April to Sunday 2 May 2021. „It was a huge challenge and demanded a lot of courage for us to ensure that jazzahead! would work digitally – this is an event which absolutely thrives on in-person meetings,“ said Hans Peter Schneider, founder of the industry gathering and managing director of M3B GmbH which also owns MESSE BREMEN. „And courageous is exactly what we have been. The fact that we were able to put this event on at all has been the result of support from both the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media and from Initiative Musik.“

    Sybille Kornitschky who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN talks about the success of the event: „This has certainly been one of the most important editions of jazzahead!. It felt absolutely vital that we should be offering a platform for the jazz scene in these difficult times. All in all, participants told us how extremely grateful and how happy they were that jazzahead! was able to take place this year,“ she reports. „The feedback we had about the professional programme was in essence that people had found it both stimulating and useful.“ The number of participants in sessions and panels was in fact significantly higher than in previous years. „And that for sure is one positive side-effect of holding the event in digital form: it has allowed a broader base of participants,“ Kornitschky concludes.

    For all registered participants, networking continues after jazzahead!

    The four-day trade fair with its showcase concerts may be over, but networking continues for all registered participants via the digital platform until the end of July. The organisers of the industry gathering want to adhere to a year-round concept, and to continue to offer online events and digital matchmaking sessions. The showcase concerts, popular as ever, can initially only be viewed by registered trade participants. These streams will be available to the general public on the jazzahead! website from 21 June.

    Dates set for 2022

    And no sooner is one jazzahead! over than attention switches to the next one. The dates for the 16th edition of the industry gathering are already fixed: 28 April to 1 May 2022. Until then, the jazzahead! team will have as one of its focus areas the continuing preparations for the long-awaited appearance of Canada as partner country, originally scheduled for 2020.

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    About jazzahead!

    jazzahead!, launched in 2006, is the largest jazz trade fair in the world. And whereas it has been growing in size every year, this meeting place for the worldwide jazz industry is also the ”family gathering” for jazz; it has never lost its original spirit of fellowship and fun. The 40 showcase concerts during the trade fair, and the jazzahead! Cultural Festival are also aimed at the wider public. Since 2011, this festival, co-created with some 60 cooperation partners, presents the cultural scene of a partner country – there is a different one every year – plus bands from all over the world. These bands perform at the CLUBNIGHT in 30 venues in Bremen. Since 2015, jazzahead! has been funded by the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In 2019, jazzahead! was awarded European Culture Brand of the Year.

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  • jazzahead! | 30.04.2021

    jazzahead! 2021 digital

    Dear colleagues, Band rehearsals, sound checks and the sounds of trumpets and pianos in the ÖVB Arena in Bremen: The 15th jazzahead! has started. From Thursday to Sunday, April 29 to ...

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    Dear colleagues,

    Band rehearsals, sound checks and the sounds of trumpets and pianos in the ÖVB Arena in Bremen: The 15th jazzahead! has started. From Thursday to Sunday, April 29 to May 2, 2021, the jazz trade fair from Bremen will bring together the international jazz industry – digitally for the first time. While twelve of 31 showcase concerts will be produced and streamed live on site in the ÖVB Arena, 855 international trade participants will exchange ideas digitally via a platform together with 90 exhibitors from 50 nations.

    We have compiled some first impressions for you.

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