Jury selected program
"Showcases" are the 30- to 45-minute short concerts at jazzahead! which are open to the general public and at the same time part of the trade fair. 40 jazz highlights and current formations from all over the world can be experienced on three days and nights on the stages of Hall 7 and the Kulturzentrum Schlachthof.
jazzahead! is not a regular festival for which bands are booked, but an international industry get-together with an integrated showcase festival. Bands that play one of the 40 showcase concerts have previously applied and are selected by international expert juries.
„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."
Showcase Modules 2020
Thursday, 23 April 2020 · 7.30 PM
- formations from the partner country Canada
- majority of the band members are resident in Canada
European Jazz Meeting
Friday, 24 April 2020
Day Showcases from 2 PM
Night Showcases from 7.30 PM
- Formationen from Europe
- majority of band members have their residence within Europe; except Germany and Canada
German Jazz Expo
Saturday, 25 April 2020 · 2 PM
- for formations from Germany
- majority of the band members are resident in Germany
Saturday, 25 April 2020 · 7.05 PM
- for formations from overseas / outside Europe
- majority of the band members are resident outside of Europe
The assignment of the modules European Jazz Meeting and Overseas Night is geographically based - not political. Bands from Africa, the Middle East, Saudi Arabia or Asia are bidding on the Overseas Night. Bands / artists from Turkey and Russia are applying for the European Jazz Meeting
The application phase has begun. The application deadline is October 31, 2019.
Only one application per module can be submitted. The same band cannot apply for multiple modules. The application is made via an online application form that you can find after your registration in the participants portal. Simply fill in all the information asked for in the form, upload the required material and send the application.
Our guide with information on the application form
If you have questions, you can contact Insa Stanke.
This is how the band application works:
Register for jazzahead!
Precondition for applying for a showcase slot is that the band/artist is proposed by a registered (co-)exhibitor or a professional participant (all days) of jazzahead! 2020. Bands and artists can register themselves as (co-)exhibitors (e.g. with an umbrella stand) or professional participants (all days) to submit an application, or a representative (e.g. from a label) submits the application.
Choose showcase module & apply online
Please decide in advance which showcase module you are applying for.
As a registered (co-) exhibitor or trade participant (all days), please log in to the participants portal. There visit the section "Session Proposals", choose the module and follow the link. Then follow the instructions in the application form.
Jury & Critera for band selection
All information about the jury and the respective selection criteria
The selection of jazzahead! showcase bands are held by annually changing expert juries. Each of the four showcase modules has its own jury team with at least seven jury members, festival and program directors from the international jazz scene. The jury members will be announced here in early 2020.
The selection process consists of three phases: Firstly, the individual listening of all applications by the jury members and their online voting. This results in a short list of bands/artists. These arists/bands are then evaluated by different criteria via a points system. The third voting session will be hold with all jury members via telephone conference where the final program of the showcases will be discussed and decided.
Criteria for the first voting session
What counts: the main criteria for selection are musical quality and whether the band/artists is/are able to perform on an international level. Age, gender and origin are of no importance. The criteria for the second voting session will be communicated to the jury members with the short list of the bands - the result of this first voting session.
Second voting session
As for the first voting session now, for the second voting session, other criteria should be taken into account. :
- Country of origin (does not apply for GJE and the night of the partner country)
Also considered is the probability that the band will present exactly the line-up stated in the application and that the final program should present a wide stylistic range.
The jury members will be announced here in January 2020.
40 Bands - 3 days and nights
In January 2020 we will announce the line up.
The application and selection process runs until 31 October 2019.