Second Season of the EJN WEBINARS on the Covid-19 Crisis announced



After the great attendance of the previous EJN webinars last spring, we are announcing today a new series of six public live webinars that will take place online from next week until the end of 2020.

The new webinars will be streamed live on the EJN social media channels (Facebook and Youtube) every Tuesday at 16h30 Central European Time (CET), and they will also remain available for watching them on demand. You don’t need to register beforehand for the webinars, but you can set-up reminders on the social media channels, and interact during the live session with your questions and comments.

The first series of webinars dealt with various aspects of the covid-19 crisis and its effects on the creative music sector and its stakeholders (the webinars are still available to watch at this link). With this new season we are now enlarging the scope of the webinars to analyse how the current crisis can also present some opportunities to re-think the way we carry on our work in the music sector, especially focussing on some of the themes that are at the core of our activities: gender balance, environmental sustainability, social inclusion, translational mobility, artistic residencies and digital models for live events.

It is now clear that the covid-19 crisis will impact the live music sector still for a very long time, with profound and often dramatic consequences. We need to re-think how we organise events and tours as well as how we can engage with artists and with our wider communities and audiences. The new webinars will present some innovative ideas and experiences in these regards, and will try to show a path forward for different stakeholders of the music industry to improve some key areas of our common work.

Speakers include EJN members (festivals and venues directors, managers of national organisations) as well as renowned artists, journalists, artists’ managers, academics and experts on the specific themes.

Here below is the programme and themes of the webinars and the announcement of the speakers. Please follow the EJN facebook page and Youtube channel for the streamings and to set your reminders to watch them live. You are also encouraged to interact during the webinars with your questions and comments, that will be picked up by the moderators during the live streamings.

Thank you in advance for following them and for sharing them on your social media channels. Your help is much appreciated!


Tuesday Nov. 24th - 16h30 CET
1. My Way
Why are there very few women in jazz journalism? How can this be improved?

While there are increasing numbers of women performing on stage at concerts and working as programmers, agents and managers in jazz, one does not need to do exhaustive research to recognise that there are very few women working in jazz journalism. What are the causes of the current limited presence, what does it produce in terms of musical coverage, and how could this be improved?

  • Anne Yven (Citizen Jazz) - France
  • Sarah Chaksad (artist/Jazzcampus Club) - Switzerland 
  • Mery Zimny (RadioJAZZ.FM/JazzPRESS) - Poland
  • Andreas Felber (ORF/Radio Ö1) - Austria
  • Moderator: Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio) - UK

Tuesday Dec. 1st - 16h30 CET
2. Day In, Day Out
How can we develop a new Green Rider to organise concerts and tours more sustainably?

Think globally, act locally - a motto that is as relevant for jazz as it is for the environment. We need to lead on a "new green deal" for the creative music sector, so developing a Green Rider for artists, managers and promoters will be a practical tool to implement environmental sustainability when mobility will be possible again.

  • Bugge Wesseltoft (artist) - Norway
  • Chiara Badiali (Julie’s Bicycle) - UK
  • Jakob Flarer (Saudades Agency) - Austria
  • Christos Carras (Onassis Cultural Centre) - Greece
  • Moderator: Wim Wabbes (Handelsbeurs Concert Hall / EJN President) - Belgium

Tuesday Dec. 8th - 16h30 CET
3. Unity Village
What can we do to re-build communities through music during and after covid-19?

More than ever, WE INSIST! that social inclusion through music is a positive force for communities world-wide. How can we re-build communities during and after covid-19 through jazz and creative music?

  • Eva Frost (JazzDanmark) - Denmark
  • Alin Vaida (Fapte / Jazz in the Park) - Romania
  • Dominique Collet (Kopergietery) - Belgium
  • Raymond MacDonald (Edinburgh University / Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra) - UK
  • Moderator: Karolina Juzwa (Wytwórnia Foundation / International Jazz Platform) - Poland

Tuesday Dec. 15th - 16h30 CET
4. Hot House
How can we build new commissioning and residency models to support the creative development of artists?

Move slower, go deeper… covid-19 is changing the way artists and programmers approach touring and collaborative music making. Commissioning new works and participating in residencies are ways to continue to work while travelling less and also facilitate a deeper connection with other musicians, programmers and audiences. This session will discuss how we can build new models and processes to support the creative development of artists.

  • Susana Santos Silva (artist) - Portugal
  • Frank van Berkel (Bimhuis) - Netherlands
  • Greta Pieropan (Centro per la Scena Contemporanea) - Italy
  • Xavier Lemettre (Banlieues Bleues) - France 
  • Moderator: Steve Mead (Manchester Jazz Festival) - UK

Tuesday Dec. 22nd - 16h30 CET
5. Fly Me To The Moon
What will change for the international mobility of artists after covid-19?

Transnational mobility has been severely curtailed in 2020 due to covid-19. When we are again able to travel and gather in large numbers, what will change and how can we build new models for international touring and exchanges?

  • Simone Dudt (European Music Council) - Germany
  • Virgo Sillamaa (EMEE) - Estonia/Belgium
  • Nur Al Habash (Italian Music Export) - Italy
  • Ramon Landolt (artist, Trio Heintz Herbert) - Switzerland
  • Moderator: Martel Ollerenshaw (Australian Music Centre) - Australia/UK

Tuesday Dec. 29th - 16h30 CET
6. You’ve Changed
What has worked well and what is the future for online/hybrid festivals and events?

The 2020 digital pivot has led to the emergence of hybrid festivals and events - part online, sometimes pre-recorded, and (wherever possible) part live. Now that we’ve made the switch and have embraced digital technology as never before, what are the models that have worked well, and what is the future for this hybrid form in a sector where experiencing live music is paramount?

  • Jason Moran (artist) - USA
  • Pelin Opcin (Serious / EFG London Jazz Festival) - UK
  • Atcha Bar (Yellow Submarine / International Music Showcase Festival) - Israel
  • Nadin Deventer (Berliner Festspiele / Jazzfest Berlin) - Germany
  • Moderator: Kenneth Killeen (Improvised Music Company / 12 Points) - Ireland