European Jazz Conference 2024: Tomorrow comes Today



REGISTRATIONS are now OPEN for the 10th European Jazz Conference, taking place in Ghent, Belgium, between 12 and 15 September 2024. It is co-organised by EJN, JazzLab, VI.BE and Ha Concerts. The title of the 2024 conference is 'Tomorrow comes Today' and the main theme will be youth. 

You can register through the Eventbrite platform at this link. Everyone can register to the European Jazz Conference, even if they are not an EJN member. The standard registration fee is of EUR 260 and gives access to all conference and concerts programme, cultural visits and lunches and dinners on Friday and Saturday. EJN members have received a personal email with their unique PROMO CODE that gives access to two free registrations to the Conference and to the "30 under 30" promotion. In case you are an EJN member and didn't receive this email please contact the EJN staff.

Please find below a short presentation of the theme, at this link an outline of the conference and concerts programme, and at this link a presentation of the hosts for this year. For more info about the bands you can check the Belgium Booms website.


The opening of the Gorillaz song ‘Tomorrow Comes Today’ includes a Latin verse from a Gregorian chant, almost unnoticeable: ‘cum vix iustus sit securus’, meaning ‘when even the righteous may hardly be safe’ (Dies irae; 1215).

The song gives this year’s Conference its title, and a hint of the theme. Ghent is the 2024 European Youth Capital, and young people will be at the centre of the 10th European Jazz Conference in Ghent, Belgium.

The gloomy initial verse of the Gorillaz song reflects the feeling that many young people have today: trapped with no future, or at least a very grim one. The younger generation inherits circumstances that they have had no role in creating, confronted with challenges beyond their control. Students are out on the streets demanding social justice and concrete actions to save our planet.

This is in contrast to the way we often think of young people as the generation of hope. In our music sector, we rely on young musicians to bring change, to break barriers and surprise us with new sounds and creative approaches. Young audiences are obviously our audiences of the future, and we look forward to young professionals entering our sector for it to become more just, inclusive and balanced.

During our Conference, these contrasting views on youth will be ever-present. We will hear from young people about their concerns on the climate crisis, and about the lack of inclusivity and generational exchange in our structures. Together, we will discuss intergenerational programming, the necessity of sustainable reforms, new ways to share our events and reach out to new audiences, and the opportunities and challenges that new technologies like AI will bring.

In line with the theme, we invite EJN members and professionals to bring younger team members with them, to take part in the discussions about the future of creative music in Europe and beyond - their future.

Join us in Ghent for the 10th anniversary of the European Jazz Conference!

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The European Jazz Conference 2024 is a collaboration between VI.BE, JazzLab, Ha Concerts and Europe Jazz Network. With the support of Creative Europe, Bijloke Muziekcentrum, Stad Gent, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Lotto, Sabam for Culture, PlayRight, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques, Museact, Belgium Booms, VIERNULVIER Gent, DEMOCRAZY, Gent Jazz & Omer.