OPEN CALL – Portuguese Showcases / European Jazz Conference 2018



Associação Sons da Lusofonia (ASL) and Europe Jazz Network (EJN) hereby issue a call for applications for music projects to be featured at the Portuguese showcase programme, taking place on 14 and 15 September 2018 at the Centro Cultural de Belém within the scope of the European Jazz Conference 2018 (EJC).

Eligible for the showcase application are professional jazz musicians with Portuguese nationality.* The EJC Programme Committee will single out six projects to be included in the two-day programme, and outline the schedule of concerts. Each show/concert will run for max. 30 minutes and will be included in the conference’s booklet and in the overall promotion of the event. Concerts will be attended by international participants to the Conference, mainly promoters, journalists and other music professionals.

Applications can be submitted by individual artists/bands or their agents (Portuguese or international). Priority shall be given to projects reflecting jazz creativity and demonstrating international potential, with reference to both the content and form of application. The selection panel shall also take into consideration projects in the making which, however, are not devised as one-off undertakings. The projects must be ready to go on tour. ASL and EJN shall also promote the selected performers at various international music events in the run up to the European Jazz Conference 2018 in Lisbon.
The application must include the following:
  • contact information of band leader or agent
  • a presentation of the project (in English, max. 700 characters incl. spaces)
  • detailed info about band members (incl. name, date of birth, instrument)
  • CV/ biography (in English)
  • high-resolution photographs (min. 300 dpi)
  • technical rider
  • three audio and/or video recordings of the project (1 audio upload + 2 audio/ video links)

In the case of original projects, please provide a demo and audio and/ or video recordings of previous projects by the musicians.

ASL will provide a performance fee per person to performers selected for the showcases and backline will be provided. As regards the reimbursement of other costs of performers, special agreements will be available for negotiation depending on and in line with the EJC budget.
The application deadline is 12 March 2018. The final selection will be announced online on ASL and EJN websites and social networks no later than 30 March 2018.


Applications should be submitted via the this form

Additional info

* The jury will also consider applications from professional musicians with a foreign nationality as long as they are residing in Portugal for more than 10 years and are a part of the Portuguese jazz scene