EJN Awards

EJN each year bestows three different awards: the EJN Award for "Adventurous Programming", the EJN Award for "Music & Community" and the EJN "Zenith Award" for emerging artists, this last one in collaboration with 12 Points Festival.

The EJN Award for Adventurous Programming is awarded annually to a European jazz promoter who exemplifies the values of EJN and has succeeded in turning vision and skill into forward-looking and fascinating musical programmes for their audience. The award reached its 8th edition in 2019, and previous winners have been: Jazz Fest Sarajevo (2019), Jazz Festival Ljubljana in Slovenia (2018), Tampere Jazz Happening in Finland (2017), Manchester Jazz Festival in the UK (2016), Moers Festival in Germany (2015), Jazz em Agosto in Portugal (2014), Bimhuis in the Netherlands (2013) and 12 Points Festival in Ireland (2012).

The EJN Award for Music & Community was established in 2018 by EJN and is dedicated to projects tackling with success the issue of social inclusion in their communities. Previous award winners have been Rustica X Band in Rome (Italy) and Banlieues Bleues in the suburb of Paris (France) for their "actions musicales".

The EJN Zenith Award shines a spotlight on one remarkable European ensemble or solo project working in creative jazz and improvised music, with the winner selected from the carefully curated 12 acts performing at 12 Points festival, all coming from different European countries. The Award celebrates the ensemble’s ability to break musical boundaries while demonstrating an original approach to performance and a potential for a strong, ongoing international career. The name “Zenith Award” was adopted to reflect the level of excellence in the winning act, and its capacity to show a way forward for the future of creative music in Europe. The first winner of the EJN Zenith Award has been Trio Heinz Herbert from Switzerland.