jazzahead! 2019 > 13 – 28 April, Bremen, Germany

Why you should visit jazzahead!
jazzahead! is the world’s biggest international jazz convention with an integrated showcase festival. For the past twelve years, the trade fair has been steadily growing. In 2017, 3,169 professional participants from 60 nations were registered. The showcase festival features contemporary top-class jazz from Germany, Europe, an annually changing partner country (2019: Norway) and Overseas and has established itself as one of the most important international networking spaces for jazz musicians. The business activities of participants include: artists and promoters, bookers, labels, agencies, publishers, festival and club programmers, distributors, production companies, lobby institutions, associations, press and more.

jazzahead! 2019
From 25. - 28. April 2019, jazzahead! will be held in Bremen, Germany.  Key areas of the 14th edition of the international exhibition include Norway as partner country, the export platform “German Jazz Expo”, and of course, the 40 international showcases on three nights and days of jazzahead!. Further topics relevant to the jazz world will be discussed in panels and conferences.

How can EJN members participate?

EJN umbrella stand
Become a co-exhibitor with your fellow EJN colleagues on this stand area. It is located ideally between the Partner Country Lounge and catering area and provides space to meet with your potential business partners. This stand is organized by EJN directly.

Umbrella stand Showcasing Artists and International Promoters
This stand is the place to be for our showcasing artists, jury members, international guests and promoters. You are in very good company and a nice location here – in the middle of the bustling trade fair, where you can get in contact with everyone very easily. This area is organized by MESSE BREMEN 

Umbrella stand of your own country
Various regions and countries already have an umbrella stand at jazzahead. If you wish to register as a co-exhibitor please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will forward your request to the organizers of these stands.

Own booth
Become an exhibitor yourself with an own stand in our trade fair exhibition. Book a stand in Hall 6 for maximum visibility. jazzahead! also offers attractive conditions on your stand booking if you are coming as an exhibitor for the first time. Maleni Piyasiri of jazzahead! will happily assist with your participation and any questions you might have: piyasiri (at) jazzahead.de / 0049 421 3505298
Deadlines for jazzahead! 2018
March 13th, 2019 deadline for Guide entry & stand bookings
March 20th, 2019 deadline for ordering extra stand material (service handbook)
April 3rd, 2019 online registration closes (registration only possible on-site, costs +20EUR plus VAT)

jazzahead! Newsletter January 2019

Younger, more female, and more multinational projects: Artists for the showcase program at jazzahead! 2019 are now confirmed
Plenty of new names, unexpected instrumental combinations, an increased presence of female artists, interesting multinational projects … these are just some of the main trends that emerge from the announcement of the juries’ selection of showcase bands to perform at jazzahead! 2019 from 25 to 28 April 2019 in Bremen, Germany. Four international juries participated in the selection process. These industry specialists collectively considered audio and video material from a total of 764 entrants. In the course of jazzahead!‘s multi-stage process, they whittled the number down to the 40 projects that will be on show to the specialist industry audience and to music fans in Bremen next April. Click here to see the full line-up.

New portal for registered participants from February
As of February registered participants for jazzahead!  can use our newly designed participant portal: You can view the list of participants of 2019 with all contact details of the other registered users who have agreed to the publication. In order to use the platform, your own contact information must also be published. In the portal, you can see who else is attending jazzahead! and meet them in advance already virtually. The detailed view offers pictures, contact info and a message service. You can sort the list by industry and this way meet the right people.
A simple overview of participants is also available here for non-registered users.
Rooms for your own events at jazzahead! 
For your own presentations or events you can book conference and meeting rooms at jazzahead! You can reserve rooms in Hall 6 and the adjoining Kulturzentrum Schlachthof and choose from smaller conference rooms to larger meeting rooms for your closed event, presentations or receptions. Booking options and prices can be found here.

German-Norwegian speed meetings
Once again in 2019, targeted meetings sessions among participants from Germany and the partner country will take place. German-Norwegian speed meetings will take place on Friday, 26 April. These scheduled short sessions are intended to strengthen bilateral business relations between Germany and Norway and to nurture the exchange of contacts and facilitate service exchanges across the two jazz industries. jazzahead! organizes these meetings in cooperation with Hamburg-based agency Factory 92. Please send your requests to info (at) jazzahead.de
jazzahead! Matchmaking: Meet the right people at the fair
jazzahead! has again teamed up with Enterprise Europe Network Bremen to offer the jazzahead! matchmaking service to all registered participants.
What is a matchmaking?
• Bilateral meetings that are a quick and easy way to meet new potential business partners and cooperation partners
• Attendees meet and greet in 20-minute sessions
• Instead of meeting by chance, our matchmaking sessions guarantee booked meetings at reserved tables
• Friday, 26 April 2019 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and Saturday, 27 April 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
More information on service and registration is available here.
jazzahead! regularly visits other expos and events. In the following weeks you can meet us here:
06. – 08. March 2019 ILMC, London
Write an e-mail to us to arrange a meeting.
jazzahead! festival opening on 13 April at Theater Bremen
Håkon Kornstad Trio und Mari Boine Trio
It's been a tradition that the jazzahead! festival in the Theater Bremen is opened. This time we will kick-off with a double concert on 13 April:
The musical universe of Norwegian saxophonist and tenor Håkon Kornstad embraces all the senses with a rarely heard tonal mastery. With his latest release stylistic boundaries are stretched and skillfully blended together.
Mari Boine combines her musical heritage from Sami culture and Norwegian folk music masterfully with modern elements of jazz, rock and pop. The singer with the exotic voice has managed to make a stand out as unique artist.
>> Here's the jazzahead! ticket shop

jazzahead! CLUBNIGHT: 1 night - 1 ticket - 33 clubs
The jazzahead! CLUBNIGHT moves again through Bremen on 27 April 2019: 33 venues in our Hanseatic city, hotels, museums, theaters and pubs become a jazz club in this "Long Night of Jazz". The program is in planning and will be released soon our website - but it is guaranteed that jazz will be seen in many facets. Tickets for the price of 25€ (20€ red.) are now available in pre- sale and at all participating venues. The ticket does not only include entry to all clubs, but also the use of public transport throughout the VBN area.
jazzahead! GALA CONCERT at Die Glocke in Bremen
Buy your ticket for the jazzahead! GALA CONCERT now! On 26 April 2019 at concert hall Die Glocke in Bremen, several stars from jazzahead! partner country Norway will be on stage: The musical all-round talent and jazz rebel Mathias Eick with his quintet and Trail of Souls around singer Solveig Slettahjell and guitarist Knut Reiersrud. The GALA CONCERT, again two concerts in 2019, spans a horizon from bluesy grooves to spherical and melodic Nordic sounds. Tickets from 28€.