23 – 26 April 2020 - cancelled! New dates: 29 April - 2 May 2021
Trade – Showcase – Festival: The largest international trade fair for jazz
jazzahead ! is the annual industry gathering of the international jazz scene in Bremen, Germany. In 2019, 3,408 participants from 64 countries were registered.
jazzahead! connects the international scene since 2006. The participants of jazzahead! come from all areas of the scene such as: artists and promoters, bookers, labels, agencies, publishers, festival and club programmers, distributors, lobby institutions, associations, press and more.
jazzahead! is a trade fair, conference and showcase festival - with contemporary, high-profile jazz from Germany and Europe, an annually changing partner country (2020: Canada) and from overseas.
The registration for the upcoming jazzahead! is not open yet
We will keep you updated on this page as well as our other
Depending on the type of registration the selected link will lead you to the appropriate form. Further information regarding participating options, hall plans, terms and conditions and more is available here
As a registered participant you will have the following service:
- Access to jazzahead! 2020 and free entry to all showcase concerts and events in Hall 6 and Hall 7 and Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
- Regular discount on a ticket for jazzahead! CLUBNIGHT and GALA CONCERT at Die Glocke Bremen
- Personal badge & jazzahead! bag with information material (issued at the venue)
- Entry in the list of professional participants with all important personal data and a login to the online data base
- WIFI is included at jazzahead!
Options & Prices
To participate in jazzahead! choose one of the following options:
As a co-exhibitor, you are registered at a joint stand, e.g. a country or label. These are some of our umbrella stands:
German Market (stand number 6C22)
- for bookers and promoters for clubs and festivals from Germany, associations, musicians and bands as well as other parties from Gemany
- area is funded
- registration fee is 135€ + 19% VAT
Umbrella Stand USA (6A23)
- for management and booking agencies, promoters for clubs and festivals, musicians and bands as well as other participants from the USA
- registration fee is 330€ + 19% VAT
- a second pass for a company member is only 135€ + 19% VAT
Umbrella Stand Showcasing Artists & International Promoters (6C20)
- for our 2020 showcasing artists, jury members and international guests of German Jazz Expo the registration is free
- for all other bookers the registration fee is 135€ + 19% VAT
- stand is organized by jazzahead!
Umbrella Stand Partner Country Canada (6C30)
- for Canadian program bookers, labels, festivals, musicians and organisations
- registration fee to jazzahead! for delegates at this stand is 135€ + 19%VAT.
Umbrella Stand Central Europe (6B23)
- for management and booking agencies, promoters for clubs and festivals, musicians and bands as well as other participants from Central Europe
- registration fee is 330€ + 19% VAT
- a second pass for a company member is only 135€ + 19%VAT
Umbrella Stand Southern Europe (number tbc)
- More infos soon
Umbrella Stand Young Professionals (stand number 6A20)
- Young Jazz Professionals is a unique program to network and develop young European jazz professionals working in the jazz sector. Young professionals can register at the stand for 80€+19%VAT!
Please contact Kine Lundervold to get the discount and further information
Other umbrella stands / country umbrella stands
Many regions and countries are already represented here. If you are considering participating as co-exhibitor, just contact us and we will be happy to forward it to the appropriate organization.
If you have further questions or need more details regarding the stand and/or jazzahead!, please contact
Maleni Piyasiri, +49(0)421 3505298.
As a professional participant, you can take part in the fair for 1 to 4 days without booking a stand.
Media representatives can sign up for press accreditation. More information and our accreditation guidelines can be found here.
Registration will be possible online until 1 April 2020. After that registration is only possible on site.
Please note: A registration as a prfessional participant on site will be charged additionally with 20 € plus 19% VAT. Registration as an exhibitor or co-exhibitor is no longer possible on site.
|5 September 2019||Online registration starts|
|5 September – 31 October 2019||Showcase Application Phase|
|11 October 2019||Early Bird Rate for professional participants ends|
|Mid-December 2019||Announcement of the showcases to the selected bands|
|January 2020||Public announcement of the showcase bands|
|10 January 2020||2nd rate for professional participants ends|
|10 March 2020||Deadline Guide Entry & Stand Booking|
|17 March 2020||Deadline Service booklet / furniture order|
|1 April 2020||Online registration closes / registration now only on site and only for professional participant and media representatives|
- Thu 23 April 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
- Fri 24 April 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
- Sat 25 April 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
- Sun 26 April 10:00 AM – Noon
- Thu 23 April · 07:30 PM – 00:40 AM
- Fri 24 April · 02:00 – 06:35 PM / 07:30 PM – 00:40 AM
- Sat 25 April · 02:00 – 06:35 PM / 07:05 PM – 01:40 AM
Hall Plans & Rooms
In case you wish to discuss larger stand bookings or room rentals beforehand, please contact Maleni Piyasiri .
- During this “Speed Dating”, we bring together companies and other organizations looking for partners to advance their projects
- Participants will share their offers or requests and meetings will be scheduled in advance
- Bilateral meetings (Matchmaking) are a quick and easy way to meet new potential customers, service providers and cooperation partners
- Attendees meet and greet in 20-minute intervals, then the bell rings and the next discussion begins
- Instead of arranging business meetings by chance, our B2B sessions guarantee fixed reserved tables for every meeting
jazzahead! is the world’s largest meeting place for the international jazz scene. More than 3,400 professional participants from over 60 countries meet here in Bremen once a year. If you want to know which companies have already registered for the upcoming edition, have a look at the current list of participants.
As a registered participant for jazzahead! 2020 you have the opportunity to view the contact details of the participants who have agreed to the publication of their data via the Participant Portal.
Jazz and Improvisation for Kids
The 4th symposium Improvisation and Jazz for Children will take place on Thursday, 23 April 2020 as part of the jazzahead! at Kulturzentrum Schlachthof. The symposium will be held in German.
It is aimed at jazz musicians, music mediators, music teachers and students. Part of the conference will again be two showcase concerts, especially designed for children in Kindergarten and primary school age. Applications for German language projects are possible from Friday, 8 November to Friday, 20 December 2019 along the criteria explained in the announcement. A jury of experts will select two projects from all German-speaking countries.
Following the concerts, the concepts will be discussed in a Q & A session with the band members. The following part of the symposium will be divided into two parallel thematic priorities this year. On the one hand, a hands-on workshop is about core elements of improvisation and their transferability. The other more theoretical workshop will explore the question of how improvised music can be taken across genre-wide and as part of an educational policy offensive.
For more information, please contact Jakob Fraisse
Conference program at jazzahead!: Focus on organisersIn 2020, we will focus on jazz organisers, clubs, festivals and other program makers. While 2019 was mainly about topics for artists, this time it will be about the other side. We want to prepare the most burning, relevant or even explosive topics for you and invite you to send us your ideas and offers by 15 January 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org . The conference content will be selected by jazzahead! and co-produced.
Jazz made in GermanySince 2012, all measures to improve the networking of the German jazz scene in Germany and beyond have been taken under the label German Jazz Expo . In addition to the eight showcase concerts, this includes a central trade fair presence, the German Market.
The German Jazz Expo also includes other program content related to the German jazz scene - e.g. certain panels on topics that are of interest, especially for the German participants, or the biennial prize for German Jazz Journalism.
jazzahead! is funded by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
The German Market is the meeting point of the German scene - for club owners, musicians, festival makers and others. It is place to establish and encourage the general promotion of German jazz exports or individual concerns, such as the networking of federal and state activities.
There are two options for participating in the German Market: a simple registration as a co-exhibitor or participating in renting your own counter, prices starting at € 135 plus VAT. More information:Maleni Piyasiri ; +49 (0)421 3505 298.
Especially for the members of the German Jazz Union (Deutsche Jazz Union) jazzahead! offers registrations at a special discount: 80€ plus VAT for a four-day registration on the German Market. In addition, Deutsche Jazz Union participants with a one-day registration for the fair on Friday and Saturday (April 24 and 25, 2020) can submit applications for a showcase at the German Jazz Expo.
Members of the German Jazzunion with a single day registration for Friday and Saturday (24 and 25 April 2020) please contact us directly by mail email@example.com to submit a showcase for the German Jazz Expo.
Since 2012 jazzahead! award the "Prize for German jazz journalism". It is funded by Dr. E.A. Langner Foundation and endowed with 5,000 €. This prize is part of the German Jazz Expo and is intended to promote qualified reporting on jazz in the German media.
- 2012 – Hans-Jürgen Linke
- 2013 – Ralf Dombrowski
- 2015 – Wolf Kampmann
- 2017 – Martin Laurentius
- 2019 – Stefan Hentz
Eight of the 40 showcases on the jazzahead! are dedicated to bands from Germany. Find out more here.