New Board of Directors and Members of Europe Jazz Network!



We are pleased to share with you some important information following the European Jazz Conference of Ljubljana:

NEW Board of Directors
After the elections at the EJN General Assembly on Thursday 21 September 2017, and the following Board meeting on Sunday 24 September, the new Board of Directors of EJN is composed as follows:

  • Ros Rigby - President (Sage Gateshead, United Kingdom)
  • Piotr Turkiewicz - Vice President (Jazztopad Festival/National Forum of Music, Poland)
  • Jan Ole Otnæs - Secretary​ (Nasjonal jazzscene – Victoria, Norway)
  • Kenneth Killeen - Treasurer (Improvised Music Company, Ireland)
  • Bogdan Benigar - Member (Cankarjev dom/Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Slovenia)
  • Enrico Bettinello - Member (NovaraJazz - Italy)
  • Nadin Deventer - Member (JazzFest Berlin/Berliner Festspiele, Germany)
  • Minnakaisa Kuivalainen - Member (Tampere Jazz Happening, Finland)
  • Martel Ollerenshaw - Member (Serious/EFG London Jazz Festival, United Kingdom)
  • Edin Zubcevic - Member (Jazz Fest Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

NEW Members of Europe Jazz Network
The Board of Directors (at its meeting on Wednesday 20 September) has accepted the following new members to the Europe Jazz Network:

Østnorsk Jazzsenter, Norway
East Norway Jazz Centre (ENJC) is the regional centre for jazz music in Eastern Norway, geographically covering the counties of Oslo, Akershus, Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud, Vestfold and Østfold. ENJC include a number of 30 jazz clubs, 60 big bands, 5 festivals and more than 300 professional musicians as active members within the region.

Australian Music Centre, Australia
The Australian Music Centre (AMC) is the national service organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of art music in Australia. It is a not-for-profit organisation that has existed for more than 40 years.

Sørnorsk Jazzsenter, Norway
Sørnorsk jazzsenter (Southern Norway Jazz Centre) founded in 1998 is a regional promotion and service center for jazz, covering the southern counties of Norway: Vest-Agder, Aust-Agder and Telemark. The Jazz Center's mandate is to promote jazz and related genres, primarily through concerts, and to create knowledge and interest for these music forms throughout the region. Through concerts and concert tours, SNJS promotes jazz on a high artistic level to a broad audience.

Stavanger Jazzforum, Norway
Stavanger Jazzforum (SJF) was founded in 1989 and has for 28 years been one of Norway's leading jazz organisers. SJF presents jazz throughout the year except Christmas/Easter/Summer and the programmes contains both international and Norwegian Jazz. We run our own venue called Spor 5 which has a capacity of 200, but we're also presenting artists at other, bigger, venues in Stavanger. SJF is a non-profit organisation and is depending on the work of many volunteers to run concerts. Stavanger Jazzform has created the Festival Maijazz.

Jazz Festivals & Events Foundation, Romania
Jazz Festivals & Events is a foundation created in 2014 by Sergiu Doru, having as a primary goal the organisation of a jazz festival in Bran Castle (well known as Dracula Castle) located in Transylvania, and other jazz concerts in various venues in Bucharest. In 2013, Sergiu Doru organised in Bran Castle, via, a Romanian jazz association, the first edition of Jazz at Bran Castle. Upon its creation, JFE organised four editions of Jazz at Bran Castle, during each last weekend of August, between 2014-2017.

Jazz International Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jazz International Rotterdam is a non-profit organisation and is funded by the city Council of Rotterdam. The Foundation has extra income from local, regional and national funds and ticket sales. JIR is responsible for more then 60 concerts per year, organised in different venues in Rotterdam. The main venues where the concerts take place are Concertgebouw De Doelen and Lataren Venster. One of the programme formats is the three-day Festival Jazz International Rotterdam, which takes place in Lantaren Venster.

The Board has also decided to give honorary EJN membership to:
Huub Van Riel, Netherlands, former Artistic Director of Bimhuis and former President of EJN.

Our network now includes 120 members from 35 countries, the biggest number ever!