The Europe Jazz Network (EJN) exists to support the identity and diversity of jazz in Europe and broaden awareness of this vital area of music as a cultural and educational force.
Europe Jazz Network is a membership association of like-minded organisations who promote and produce concerts and festivals of jazz and related musics, plus national and regional umbrella organisations that are committed to supporting the development of jazz.
Europe Jazz Network aims to:
- Develop the association as an international network of producers of live music.
- Encourage musical culture in general and jazz and improvised music in particular, and enable these musics to reach the widest possible public.
- Initiate and encourage the development of international exchanges, special projects and collaborations, between producers and artists both within and outside Europe.
- Encourage its members to programme European artists and their work.
Members join Europe Jazz Network to:
- Co-operate with the other 100+ members.
- Collect and share information with other members and the wider jazz community.
- Establish models of good professional practice.
- Exchange and develop musical programmes and artistic ideas with other members.
- Invest and build resources for EJN members and the wider jazz sector.
- Advocate for jazz and cultural activity in Europe.
- Take part in European Union’s programmes.
- Support and encourage creativity.
Criteria for being accepted as a member:
- To have as a main focus of activity the production and presentation of live jazz and improvised music (in the context of a festival, club, concert venue, or concert series) or the support/promotion of it (national/local support organisations).
- To produce/support a sufficient quantity of events per year to be considered a regular presenter of this form of music.
- To be legally established as an organisation for at least 3 years and to show at least 3 years of activity in the jazz field.
- To be able to demonstrate a focus on high artistic quality and also on European Jazz, alongside jazz from outside Europe, in the programmes produced/supported.
- To demonstrate commitment to the philosophy and activities of EJN as a network expressed in the "EJN Manifesto" approved by the members at the General Assembly of Budapest in 2004, both in terms of future plans and through work undertaken in the past.
Membership Rights and Responsibilities:
- Each member pays an annual membership fee of €1.000,00 which contributes to the network's general running costs. The membership fee includes free registration and allows a contribution to travel and accommodation costs to the annual General Assembly/European Jazz Conference.
- EJN members are expected to join or contribute to the various Working Groups, which have the responsibility for taking forward a number of projects that will advance the organisation's aims.
- Each member has access to the EJN Europe-wide communication services and website for communicating news and information about their own activities and events.
- Members each have a vote at the General Assembly and will elect the Board of Directors and the President.
- The Board is responsible for taking forward the work of the EJN and establishing long term strategy.
- Board members all work for EJN on a voluntary, unpaid basis.
- Members cannot derive a commercial profit from their activities within Europe Jazz Network.
Joining the Europe Jazz Network
Organisations wishing to join EJN to participate in its work and receive membership rights should submit their details and state their commitment in the following format. The request should be sent to the Board who will consider that application against the criteria that are listed above during the next Board meeting and, if approved, will formally admit it to membership.