EJN Webinars on the Covid-19 Crisis

We have broadcasted two series of public online webinars in the months of May/June and November/December 2020, that dealt with various aspects of the covid-19 crisis and its short and long-term effects on the creative music sector in Europe and all its stakeholders.

The webinars were streamed live on the EJN social media channels (Facebook and Youtube), and remains available on those channels, and here below, for watching them at a later stage.

The webinars were developed and discussed by the EJN think-tank that has been meeting regularly since the beginning of the crisis as a way for EJN members to stay connected, share information and think of common responses to the many challenges that this new context has created. The goal of each webinar is to analyse in depth one aspect of the crisis, to present new ideas and best practices that have emerged in this period and share them with the wider community, and to be propositve in identifying some possible actions and recommendations.

Here below are the recordings of the webinars and the list of the speakers.


Tuesday Nov. 24th - 16h30 CET
#1: My Way - Why are there very few women in jazz journalism? How can this be improved?

While there are increasing numbers of women performing on stage at concerts and working as programmers, agents and managers in jazz, one does not need to do exhaustive research to recognise that there are very few women working in jazz journalism. What are the causes of the current limited presence, what does it produce in terms of musical coverage, and how could this be improved?

  • Anne Yven (Citizen Jazz) - France
  • Sarah Chaksad (artist / Jazzcampus Club) - Switzerland 
  • Mery Zimny (RadioJAZZ.FM, JazzPRESS) - Poland
  • Andreas Felber (ORF/Radio Ö1) - Austria
  • Moderator: Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio) - UK

Tuesday Dec. 1st - 16h30 CET
#2: Day In, Day Out - How can we develop a new Green Rider to organise concerts and tours more sustainably?

Think globally, act locally - a motto that is as relevant for jazz as it is for the environment. We need to lead on a "new green deal" for the creative music sector, so developing a Green Rider for artists, managers and promoters will be a practical tool to implement environmental sustainability when mobility will be possible again.

  • Bugge Wesseltoft (artist) - Norway
  • Chiara Badiali (Julie’s Bicycle) - UK
  • Jakob Flarer (Saudades) - Austria
  • Christos Carras (Onassis Cultural Centre) - Greece
  • Moderator: Wim Wabbes (Handelsbeurs Concert Hall / EJN President) - Belgium

Tuesday Dec. 8th - 16h30 CET
#3: Unity Village - What can we do to re-build communities through music during and after covid-19?

More than ever, WE INSIST! that social inclusion through music is a positive force for communities world-wide. How can we re-build communities during and after covid-19 through jazz and creative music?

  • Eva Frost (JazzDanmark) - Denmark
  • Alin Vaida (Fapte / Jazz in the Park) - Romania
  • Dominique Collet (Kopergietery) - Belgium
  • Raymond MacDonald (Edinburgh University / Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra) - UK
  • Moderator: Karolina Juzwa (Wytwórnia Foundation / International Jazz Platform) - Poland

Tuesday Dec. 15th - 16h30 CET
#4: Hot House - How can we build new commissioning and residency models to support the creative development of artists?

Move slower, go deeper… covid-19 is changing the way artists and programmers approach touring and collaborative music making. Commissioning new works and participating in residencies are ways to continue to work while travelling less and also facilitate a deeper connection with other musicians, programmers and audiences. This session will discuss how we can build new models and processes to support the creative development of artists.

  • Susana Santos Silva (artist) - Portugal
  • Frank van Berkel (Bimhuis) - Netherlands
  • Greta Pieropan (Centro per la Scena Contemporanea) - Italy
  • Xavier Lemettre (Banlieues Bleues) -  France 
  • Moderator: Steve Mead (Manchester Jazz Festival) - UK

Tuesday Dec. 22nd - 16h30 CET
#5: Fly Me To The Moon - What will change for the international mobility of artists after covid-19?

Transnational mobility has been severely curtailed in 2020 due to covid-19. When we are again able to travel and gather in large numbers, what will change and how can we build new models for international touring and exchanges?

  • Simone Dudt (European Music Council) - Germany
  • Virgo Sillamaa (EMEE) - Estonia/Belgium
  • Nur Al Habash (Italian Music Export) - Italy
  • Ramon Landolt (artist, Trio Heinz Herbert) - Switzerland
  • Moderator: Martel Ollerenshaw (Australian Music Centre) - Australia/UK

Tuesday Dec. 29th - 16h30 CET
#6: You’ve Changed - What has worked well and what is the future for online/hybrid festivals and events?

The 2020 digital pivot has led to the emergence of hybrid festivals and events - part online, sometimes pre-recorded, and (wherever possible) part live. Now that we’ve made the switch and have embraced digital technology as never before, what are the models that have worked well, and what is the future for this hybrid form in a sector where experiencing live music is paramount?

  • Jason Moran (artist) - USA
  • Pelin Opcin (Serious / EFG London Jazz Festival) - UK
  • Atcha Bar (Yellow Submarine / International Music Showcase Festival) - Israel
  • Nadin Deventer (Berliner Festspiele / Jazzfest Berlin) - Germany
  • Moderator: Kenneth Killeen (Improvised Music Company / 12 Points) - Ireland



#1: Things Ain’t What They Used To Be 
Has my government responded well in supporting artists and the cultural sector through the crisis? Navigating national governments supports: analysis of the national policy measures and presentation of best practices

  • Mario Steidl (International Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Austria)
  • Barbara Canepa (Pro-Helvetia, Switzerland) 
  • Ikaros van Duppen (inJazz/Buma Cultuur, The Netherlands)
  • Kim Macari (artist/JPN Network, UK)
  •  Moderator: Giambattista Tofoni (EJN)

Date: Wednesday 20 May 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#2: Alone Together
How do we maintain artistic quality and collaborations in isolation? Creativity and lockdown: a time of reflection and new compositions, artists’ digital monologues, house concerts and shows in venues without an audience.
  • Roy Nathanson (artist, USA)
  • Oddrun Lilja (artist, Norway)
  • Pedro Melo Alves (artist, Portugal)
  • Kenneth Killeen (Improvised Music Company, Ireland)
  • Moderator: Martel Ollerenshaw (Australian Music Centre, Australia)

Date: Thursday 21 May 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#3: Tomorrow is the Question
Reset: will and should festivals and venues ever be the same again? Analog concerts’ strategies for a future with covid-19 and possible scenarios for a jazz-led recovery.
  • Andrey Henkin (New York City Jazz Record, USA)
  • Nadin Deventer (Jazzfest Berlin/Berliner Festspiele, Germany)
  • Michal Hajduk (NOSPR, Poland)
  • Antoine Bos (Association Jazzé Croisé, France)
  • Moderator: Tina Heine (Salzburg Jazz & the City, Austria)

Date: Monday 25 May 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#4: How Long Has This Been Going On
Has history taught us anything? An historic overview of the music sector after the big crisis of the past (past pandemics, World War I, the 1929 great depression, World War II, 9/11, 2008 financial crisis). How did the cultural sector react after the big crisis?
  • Francesco Martinelli (History of Jazz researcher & teacher, Italy)
  • George McKay (Professor, University of East Anglia, UK)
  • François Matarasso (Independent writer and researcher, UK)
  • Introduction: Francesca Cerretani (EJN)

Date: Thursday 28 May 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#5: Everything Must Change
Has the crisis actually improved our offer to audiences? The possible digital scenarios post covid-19: live streaming and monetisation, new opportunities for online audience engagement and socialisation.
  • Nathan Newman (SBC, UK)
  • Christoph Huber (Porgy & Bess, Austria)
  • Carine Zuber (Moods, Switzerland)
  • Reza Akbaraly (Qwest TV, France)
  • Ellen Schoenaerts (Artists Unlimited, Belgium)
  • Moderator: Anna Umbima (Writer and broadcaster, UK)

Date: Monday 01 June 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#6: A House Is Not A Home
Will closed borders mean closed minds? Will less opportunities to travel and perform in other countries lead to new nationalisms and isolation? Most of the streaming initiatives now are with national or local artists and in many European countries radio stations tend to play music from their own country. Where will this lead us to?
  • Ludovico Granvassu (All About Jazz/MondoJazz, USA)
  • Martyna Markowska (Katowice JazzArt Festival, Poland)
  • Markus Partanen (Finnish Broadcasting Company/EBU, Finland)
  • Jan Ole Otnæs (EJN President / Victoria-Nasjonal Jazzscene, Norway)
  • Moderator: Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio, UK)

Date: Thursday 04 June 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#7: Work Song
How has the crisis affected those working behind the scenes? As the proverb says: “it takes a village to raise a child”, so music performances require more than a performer. Discussion on the impact of the crisis on different actors of the production chain: artists’ managers, labels, agents, technicians and organisers
  • Katherine McVicker (Music Works International, USA)
  • Mike Bindraban (Good Music Company, Netherlands) 
  • Annamaija Saarela (G Livelab Tampere, Finland)
  • Edin Zubcevic (JazzFest Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina)
  • Moderator: Kevin Le Gendre (Jazzwise/BBC Radio, UK)

Date: Monday 08 June 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#8: Someone To Watch Over Me - in collaboration with Puglia Sounds / Medimex D
How will our concerts be economically sustainable in a period of global recession? What are the possible scenarios for fundraising and sponsorship in the time of the crisis? Ideas for new business models and cross-sectoral collaborations.
  • Nicole Newman (NN Fundraising and Sponsorship, UK)
  • Jean-Yves Cavin (Cully Jazz Festival, Switzerland)
  • Miguel Martin (San Sebastian Heineken Jazz Festival, Spain)
  • Corrado Beldì (NovaraJazz / IJazz - Italy)
  • Moderator: Michelle Kuypers (North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands)

Date: Thursday 11 June 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST