Improvised Music Company

Improvised Music Company (IMC) is a not for profit organisation for jazz and related music, established by Irish jazz musicians and supporters in 1991.

Today, we’re Ireland’s largest specialist music producer, with hands-on involvement in many aspects of music making throughout the island, from festival programming, concert promotion, touring, recording, education and audience development.

Our Concert Programme

IMC’s concert programme is the backbone of the live scene for jazz and related music in Ireland. We believe jazz is a broad church that embraces many different accents and we’ve had the pleasure of working with some of its greatest voices, from musicians of now historical significance like Elvin Jones and NHOP to presenting Irish debuts by emerging artists like Chris Potter, Bugge Wesseltoft and EST, all of whom we’ve continued to work with and develop. Our jazz presentations range from intimate spaces like Dublin’s JJ Smyths and Whelans to major venues like Vicar Street and the National Concert Hall.

We’re also Ireland’s foremost producer of world music, though we confess that it’s a term with which we’re rather uncomfortable. We like to think of it as other people’s folk music, though we often present our own through projects such as Tri60, including groups like Altan and The Kilfenora Ceili Band. We view our work in this area as socially significant, both as an endorsement of Ireland’s growing multiculturalism, and as a contributor to the conservation of musical diversity in a time of increasing global homogeneity.

To help us, we enlist great artists who articulate a simple and very old truth about music and its ability to move audiences regardless of language, race, faith or gender. Mariza, Youssou N’Dour, Tinariwen, Hermeto Pascoal, Mahala Rai Banda, Afel Bocoum, Frifot and Chris Wood are among the great artists from across the globe who’ve recently illuminated Dublin stages for us. We don’t confine our activities to Dublin however, and our Soundings Touring partnership delivers tours nationally and includes venues such as Bray's Mermaid, Cork’s Triskel and Navan’s Solstice, and independent promoters like Sligo Jazz Project and Limerick Jazz Society.

Our Festivals

Previously, IMC has been the producer of ESB Dublin Jazz Festival, the last edition of which took place in 2003. Artistically successful as EDJF was, in 2007 we replaced it with a new festival that we be believe will have important implications for jazz in Ireland and throughout the EU, and so 12 Points was born in 2007. While the title is an affectionate jibe at Eurovision, this is an ambitious event that brings twelve of Europe’s most exciting emerging jazz ensembles to Dublin, and every second year to a different European city, for equal parts festival and industry showcase, in a sociable environment that encourages cultural first contact for young musicians from across Europe.

For more on 12 Points visit our dedicated website

August 2012 saw the first edition of a new festival which is to become an annual jazz festival for Dublin, called Down With Jazz  - the theme a playful take on the anti-jazz movement of the 1930's. The festival is a 3-day celebration of Irish jazz - up and coming acts, established names and funky populists. Further information on 

Our Clients and Partners

IMC is revenue funded by The Arts Council, and we also work in partnership with a wide range of Irish agencies such as Culture Ireland to deliver our performance programmes. Our network of European partners is extensive, ranging from France’s AFIJMA to Sweden’s Rikskonserter, and we often co-operate closely with cultural agencies based in Ireland such as Alliance Francais and The Goethe Institute, while our media partners include The Irish Times and RTE Lyric FM. IMC is also the Irish representative of The Europe Jazz Network (EJN) the association of promoters, musicians' associations, artistic directors and festivals in Europe working in the field of jazz and improvised music.

IMC also has extensive experience in curating and producing bespoke music events, and our corporate sponsors and clients include ESB, with whom we had the great pleasure to present ESB Dublin Jazz Festival and the world music series ESB Routes in Rhythm, and Office of Public Works, for whom we currently produce The Farmleigh Affair, a free outdoor festival for an audience of 4,000 held in the picturesque Farmleigh Estate every August.


IMC is recipient of The DAA Special Arts Award at The Allianz Business2Arts Awards 2006 for its work with The Jazz Architects, a grouping of seven leading Irish architectural practices, to present a concert series focusing on the renowned European record label ECM. IMC was commended by the judges “for creating an imaginative sponsorship programme of collective support for jazz events in Ireland. The support of the Jazz Architects, along with other cultural and media support, helped to give Dublin audiences access to an international concert programme of the highest calibre.”

12 Points festival (an IMC production) was the proud recipient of the inaugural award for "Adventurous Programming" from Europe Jazz Network in April 2012.

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by Improvised Music Company on Mon, 05/06/2017 - 13:04
Sat 10th & Sun 11th June The Grand Social, Liffey Street Lower, Dublin 1 BOOK TICKETS €15 - €25 Down With Jazz, Dublin’s annual festival of ‘filthy foreign rhythms & divilish beats’ moves across the Liffey and into The Grand Social for it’s 6th edition on 10th-11th June with a shameless line-up... read more

SPECTRUM / creative music for curious ears

by Improvised Music Company on Mon, 27/02/2017 - 19:10
DUBLIN March 10-12th 2017 A new festival experience for fans of innovative music-making, SPECTRUM presents a widely diverse programme of music that flows through the prism of the jazz approach; its output a miscellany of sound, covering a full spectrum through jazz, progressive, rock, alt-folk to electronica. Presented by... read more

Down With Jazz

by Improvised Music Company on Mon, 30/05/2016 - 16:54
7:30pm, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin Tickets €15 - €25 Book: 2016: Jazz Rising A centenary celebration of rousing and rising, swinging and scatting at Down With Jazz this June Bank holiday weekend in Meeting House Square... read more

STRUT at The Peacock

by Improvised Music Company on Fri, 06/11/2015 - 16:10
4-night pop-up Jazz Club November 18-21st The Abbey Theatre, Dublin From New Yorks ‘Village Vanguard’ to London’s ‘Ronnie Scott’s’, the quintessential jazz club has always been at the fulcrum of urban musical creativity. The intimate setting and dynamic between audience and... read more


by Improvised Music Company on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:55
Venue:St. Audeon’s Church  Date / Time:Feb 27 at 8:00 Ticket Price:€ 15/12 Telephone:NULL Book Online: Book Here Progressions : Contemporary Masters of Solo Guitar Throughout 2013 IMC plays homage to the Guitar - beginning with Sardinian jazz maestro Paolo Angeli. From Rory Gallagher... read more


by Improvised Music Company on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:51
Venue:Sugar Club  Date / Time:Mar 13 at 8:00 Ticket Price:€ 15/12 Telephone:NULL Book Online:Book Here URL:click here Progressions : Contemporary Masters of Solo Guitar Throughout 2013, IMC pays homage to this most versatile and expressive of instruments; the guitar, with a series of live... read more


12 Points

Based in Dublin, with partners right across Europe, 12 Points showcases young, creative and ambitious artists in jazz and related music from all points on the continent. Our mission is to assist and promote these emerging artists, bringing their music to new audiences. 12 Points Festival alternates between Dublin and other... read more


Jazz Futures conference at 12 Points 2017

by 12 Points on Thu, 13/07/2017 - 11:12
A core part of 12 Points festival in recent year has been the Jazz Futures series of talks and panel discussions. Since 2013, the Jazz Futures conference engages with the 12 Points audience, delegates and artists to discuss issues facing both emerging artists and promoters operating within the European jazz... read more

ARTISTS ANNOUNCED for 12 Points 2017!

by 12 Points on Tue, 02/05/2017 - 17:32
Improvised Music Company, the Dublin based curators and producers of 12 Points festival, today announce the programme for the 2017 edition of 12 Points, which will take place July 16-18 in Aarhus, Denmark, in association with Aarhus Jazz Festival and Jazz Danmark, and as part of this vibrant city... read more

Applications now OPEN for 12 Points 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark

by 12 Points on Mon, 10/10/2016 - 17:04
12 Points, the dynamic festival of young European jazz, is on the hunt for 12 of the best and brightest young acts to take part in the 11th edition of this award-winning festival next July in Aarhus, Denmark, in association with the Aarhus Jazz Festival and JazzDanmark, as part of the 2017 Aarhus European Capital of Culture... read more

Names for 12 Points festival announced!

by 12 Points on Thu, 14/07/2016 - 11:03
​Improvised Music Company, the Dublin based curators and producers of 12 Points Festival, announce the programme for the 2016 edition of 12 Points, which will take place from 20 to 23rd of July in the vibrant Basque city of San Sebastián (Donostia) in Northern Spain, in association with Donostia Kultura and Heineken Jazzaldia.... read more

12 Points to join Aarhus Jazz Festival for European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2017

by 12 Points on Fri, 08/07/2016 - 12:14
Improvised Music Company are delighted to announce that 12 Points 2017 will take place in the vibrant city of Aarhus, Denmark in association with the Aarhus Jazz Festival and JazzDanmark, as part of the 2017 Aarhus European Capital of Culture events. The concert performances will be held in the bustling live music venue, Atlas, in... read more

Apply for 12 Points Festival! Deadline 30 January 2016

by 12 Points on Thu, 14/01/2016 - 17:24
“The freshest, hottest sounds in jazz and contemporary experimental music.” The Irish Times “Four dizzyingly diverse international triple-bills...a splendidly challenging festival" Jazzwise UK Improvised Music Company, the Dublin based producers of 12 Points Festival, today announce that the 2016 edition of 12 Points will... read more


by 12 Points on Mon, 02/03/2015 - 10:00
PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED FOR 12 POINTS 2015  4 days of exciting young jazz acts from across Europe with daytime ‘Jazz Futures’ seminar and after hours jam sessions in DUBLIN this April 15-18th   This April sees the 9th edition of exuberant young European jazz festival,12 Points; back at home base in... read more

12 Points 2015

by 12 Points on Thu, 20/11/2014 - 22:12
Application Deadline 12th December Dynamic festival of young European Jazz 12 Points Project Arts Centre, Dublin | 15-18th April 2015 | “the freshest, hottest sounds in jazz and contemporary experimental music” - The Irish Times “Innovation is the watchword for the festival, the brainchild... read more

12 Points Festival 2015

by 12 Points on Fri, 12/09/2014 - 10:14
12 Points Festival 2015 The 2015 line-up will be announced in February 2015 April 2015 - DUBLIN, Ireland The next edition of our small but beautifully formed festival takes place in Dublin in April 2015, when twelve bands will perform over four nights, selected from hundreds of online... read more

12 POINTS FESTIVAL | 2014 Programme Announced!

by 12 Points on Tue, 18/03/2014 - 19:44
2014 Programme Announced! We are delighted to finally announce the 12 acts that have been chosen for 12 Points 2014. Taking place in the wonderful Norrlands Operan in Umea, Sweden 10-12th April.   Opening Night of 12 Points 2014 : Thursday 10th April 12 Points 2014 hits the ground running with some big... read more

12 Points 2013

by 12 Points on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:59
Venue:Project Arts Centre  Date / Time:Feb 16 at  Ticket Price:€ 15/12 Telephone:01 881 9613 Book Online:Book Here URL:click here “A compelling showcase of high level creativity from an impressive array of emerging European Jazz talents." Jazzwise UK, May 2011 One of the most stimulating music... read more

EJN Award 2012 goes to 12points!

by 12 Points on Wed, 05/12/2012 - 15:13
The first ever Award was presented to 12 Points at the jazzahead! expo in Bremen, Germany on Friday 20th April 2012. THE FIRST EVER EJN AWARD GOES TO: 12POINTS FESTIVAL! Celebrating its 25th anniversary year Europe Jazz Network proudly presents the first ever EJN Award 2012 - for Adventurous Programming - Awarded... read more