Canada will be the focus of jazzahead! 2020

The focus in the year of jazzahead!’s double-anniversary will be on Canada. The Artistic Directors of jazzahead!, Ulrich Beckerhoff and Peter Schulze remark: „For jazzahead! it is very obvious for us to want to choose Canada for this new departure. There is a very strong, impressive and self-confident jazz scene there. Canadian jazz is a unique and diverse expression of different influences.

Great response to the jazzahead! trade fair 2019
jazzahead! again saw an increase in visitors and participants in the most recent 2019 edition: 3,408 professional participants and exhibiting companies from 64 countries visited the trade fair. A total of 18,000 visitors attended the fair and the 100 concerts on the weekend with showcases, CLUBNIGHT and other concerts.

View on jazzahead! 2020
We are not just looking back, because there will be good reasons to celebrate in 2020: jazzahead! itself will be 15 years old, and there will also be the tenth festival based around the culture of a partner country. Plans for jazzahead‘s anniversary year are already taking shape. One focus will be a further expansion and development of our role as an intermediary in fostering international business contacts. Another plan for 2020: jazzahead!’s management team aims at bringing a clearer alignment with the priorities of international promoters and programme makers. It also wants to support an initiative by this year's partner country Norway, to bring into existence an international network of young professionals working in the industry.

Save the Date(s) 2020:
Online registration starts: 5 September 2019
1st rate for professional participants deadline: 11 October 2019
Showcase application phase: 5 September – 31 October 2019
Announcement of showcases to chosen bands: mid-December  2019
Rate for professional participants deadline: 10 January 2020
Online registration deadline: 1 April 2020
jazzahead! fair 2020: 23 - 26 April 2020

Showcase videos in the jazzahead! Media library
If you have not seen the 40 showcase concerts of the Norwegian Night, the European Jazz Meeting, the German Jazz Expo or the Overseas Night or would like to experience them again, you can now see all recordings on the jazzahead! Website. Our partner Stingray DJAZZ will show the concert throughout the year on their channels worldwide.
Here's the jazzahead! media library.