European Jazz Conference

SAVE THE DATE of the next European Jazz Conference, which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, between 22 and 25 September 2022. The Conference was supposed to take place in Sofia in 2020 but was cancelled due to the pandemic, so we are really looking forward to finally being there, and for the first time in this beautiful city, in 2022!

The Conference will be co-organised by Europe Jazz Network (EJN) & A to Z Foundation- the EJN member that runs the A to JazZ Festival. It is supported by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, that is funding EJN through its network strand for the period 2022-2024.

The theme of the 2022 European Jazz Conference is BREAKING NEW GROUND. Please read here a full presentation of the theme. Registrations for EJN members and for external participants (=non EJN members) will open by the end of April 2022.

The European Jazz Conference is a leading annual gathering of professionals from the jazz sector in Europe, in particular of promoters, cultural managers, agents and national/regional support organisations. What has been the General Assembly of the Europe Jazz Network, from 2014 has been expanded and is now open as well to any music professional under the name of European Jazz Conference.

The European Jazz Conference is composed of inspiring keynote speeches, high-level discussion groups and workshops, networking sessions for professionals of the creative music sector, cultural visits and in the evenings a showcase festival of the best artists from the host country, Bulgaria for 2022.

The European Jazz Conference is a unique event, the only one of its kind in Europe, centred on building long-lasting relationships, developing new projects and artistic collaborations, sharing expertise and getting up to date with the newest management and programming trends. Moreover, the Conference is about learning about music scenes and best practices from all around the world, including countries beyond Europe.

Previous editions of the European Jazz Conference took place in Tallinn, Estonia (2021), Novara, Italy (2019), Lisbon, Portugal (2018), Ljubljana, Slovenia (2017), Wroclaw, Poland (2016); Budapest, Hungary (2015) and Helsinki, Finland (2014).