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jazzahead!: Showcase Applications open on 1 November

Conference: Call for Papers
An appearance in Bremen, Germany, can be a decisive step for artists breaking through internationally. The jazzahead! trade fair, where the worldwide jazz industry gathers, has set some major careers in motion: for example German jazz pianist Julia Hülsmann, UK pianist Gwilym Simcock, and Swiss vocalist Andreas Schaerer. The next opportunity for musicians to participate will be at the 14th jazzahead! in April next year. The showcases will take place at Messe Bremen and at the Schlachthof Cultural Centre. Applications for a place in the 2019 showcase concerts will open on Thursday 1 November 2018 and run until Thursday 22 November 2018. Relevant documents need to be submitted via an online process at https://jazzahead.de.

„The artists for the showcases will then be selected by four international juries, mainly consisting of festival organisers and programme directors from venues,“ explains Sybille Kornitschky, Project Manager of jazzahead! at Messe Bremen. The juries will put together a total of 40 short concerts in which groups have the opportunity to put themselves before a public ranging from top professionals to individual visitors who have bought themselves day tickets. Eight bands from Norway, the partner country of jazzahead! 2019, will perform in the showcases of the „Norwegian Night“. 16 from neighbouring countries and eight from overseas will be invited to the „European Jazz Meeting“ and the „Overseas Night“ respectively. German musicians can try to avail themselves of one of the eight performance slots at the „German Jazz Expo“. The jazzahead! team will announce the bands whose showcase festival applications have been successful towards the end of January 2019.

Austrian bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder of Shake Stew reports how satisfied he was with the results of his showcase appearance in 2018: „In the immediate aftermath we actually had to decline more bookings than we could accept because the dates often would have been at too short notice.“ And why did things go so well for his band? „We had already awoken some interest on the scene before it, and we also had experience of big stages and how to do a soundcheck under time pressure. If you don’t bring that experience with you, jazzahead! isn’t the right forum for you,“ says the 30-year-old Viennese musician. His advice for newcomers is to have visited the fair at least once or twice before applying.

The jazzahead! supporting programme is also taking shape. Alongside the trade fair, there will be a conference, for which the team is putting the main topics in place. „We want to concentrate for instance on artist management and artist marketing this time,“ announces Sybille Kornitschky. The outline will be available for mid-October, and will be published on the jazzahead! homepage. Speakers can then submit proposals for panel contributions until the end of 2018.

jazzahead! 2019 will take place from Thursday 25 until Sunday 28 April. Since its inception in 2006, the event has become a firm date in the calendars of industry professionals and for the general public. In 2018 there were 3,282 registered exhibitors and professional participants, and the organisers‘ statistics show a total of 17,000 visitors to the exhibition halls and concerts.

Further information for editors:
MESSE BREMEN & ÖVB-Arena / M3B GmbH
Imke Zimmermann, Phone +49 (0)4 21 / 35 05 – 445, Fax + 49 (0)421 / 35 05 – 340
E-Mail: zimmermann@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de
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Press release: jazzahead!: Showcase Applications open on 1 November (pdf)

jazzahead! 2018

Photographer Felix Broede spoke at jazzahead! 2018 about photographs of artists. (c) MESSE BREMEN/Jan Rathke

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At the Polish Night at jazzahaead! 2018 performers included the Joanna Duda Trio (c) MESSE BREMEN/Jens Schlenker

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Horse Orchestra from Denmark performed a showcase during the European Jazz Meeting at jazzahead! 2018. (c) MESSE BREMEN/Jens Schlenker