Norsk Jazzforum

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Norsk Jazzforum, was founded in 1953, is a non-profit organisation which aims at connecting the Norwegian jazz scene. It aims to work for the benefit of Norwegian jazz, culturally and artistically. 

Norsk Jazzforum’s primary aim is to spread jazz to the widest possible audience in Norway, speaking for Norwegian jazz nationally and internationally, as well as working for increased funding for Norwegian jazz. Its current membership consists of approximately 30 jazz festivals, 80 jazz clubs, 140 big bands, 680 professional musicians and 90 jazz students. In addition to the national organisation Norsk Jazzforum in Oslo, there are 5 regional jazz centres in Norway, based in Bodø, Trondheim, Bergen, Arendal and Oslo.

Norsk Jazzforum runs on public funding, which goes straight to the Norwegian jazz scene in various forms of support for musicians, promoters and big bands. As well as extensive national touring, the new generation of Norwegian jazz musicians is increasingly attractive for international clubs and festivals, and Norsk Jazzforum funding is often vital to the realisation of a tour. Norsk Jazzforum also arranges various projects for and with its members, on their own or in co-operation with other institutions.