European Jazz Conference

Save the dates for the 6th European Jazz Conference in Novara, Italy, 12 - 15 September 2019

The European Jazz Conference 2018 ended on Sunday 16 September marking an absolute record in attendances: 348 registered delegates from 40 countries in Europe and beyond (including USA, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia).

For four consecutive days, professionals from the music sector including promoters, festival directors, artists and label managers, representatives from national/regional support organisations, booking agents, researchers and journalists met in the beautiful Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in Lisbon to network and discuss some of the most important issues concerning our common work in the jazz and creative music field.

The theme of this year’s conference was ON THE EDGE. This was developed in a number of sessions covering the links between geography and artists’ creativity in the keynote speech by Maria João, an insight into the relations between Portuguese jazz and the wider European context in a panel debate with musicians, promoters, researchers and label managers, the role of music and technology as tools for investigating the universe and some inner truths about ourselves in the keynote speech by Kelly Snook, and a panel debate on the future of the music industry following some strong technological innovations in the coming years. A number of discussion and working groups also covered more practical issues for those who work in the music industry, such as the need to expand it in other markets beyond Europe, new marketing trends and opportunities through digital tools, audience development and music strategies for cities’ development and some updates in the researches being undertaken in the field of jazz.

In addition, a showcase festival of events during the conference days presented to international delegates some of the most interesting ensembles now in the jazz scene in Portugal: Susana Santos Silva’s IMPERMANENCE, Bode Wilson Trio, AXES, Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble, Quarteto Beatriz Nunes, TGB and others in the fringe programme in the evenings.

The European Jazz Conference was co-organised by Europe Jazz Network (EJN), Associação Sons da Lusofonia and the Centre Cultural de Belém, with the support of the Municipality of Lisbon, Lisbon Tourist Association, Visit Portugal, Meetings in Portugal and of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, that is supporting EJN through its network strand for the period 2017-2021


The European Jazz Conference is a leading annual gathering of professionals from the jazz sector in Europe, in particular of promoters, cultural managers, agents and national/regional support organisations. What has been the General Assembly of the Europe Jazz Network, from 2014 has been expanded and is now open as well to other professionals under the name of European Jazz Conference.

The European Jazz Conference is composed of inspiring keynote speeches, high-level discussion groups and workshops, networking sessions for professionals of the creative music sector, cultural visits and in the evenings a showcase festival of the best new artists from the host country, this year Portugal.

The European Jazz Conference is a unique event, the only one of its kind in Europe, centered on building long-lasting relationships, developing new projects and artistic collaborations, sharing expertise and getting up to date with the newest management and programming trends. Moreover, the Conference is about learning about music scenes and best practices from all around the world, including countries beyond Europe.

Download here the FULL programme booklet (pdf) with all the info of the EJC2018, or access it through issuu at:​

You can check the full report of the European Jazz Conference 2017 that took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, here: