Jazz after Covid19?



At 3pm Friday 8 May you’re invited to join a webinar with a panel of four Europe Jazz Network members talking about how their organisations have had to react and improvise solutions to the Coronavirus pandemic and also project forward with some blue sky thinking about 2021 and beyond.

Steve Mead, Artistic Director Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf), UK
Eva Frost Director Jazz Danmark, Denmark
Nadin Deventer Artistic Director Jazzfest Berlin, Germany
Matti Lappalainen Artistic Director April Jazz Festival, Espoo, Finland

Matti at April Jazz and Steve Mead at mjf both made quick decisions to move their April and May festivals online. Two different solutions to the challenge. Eva at Jazz Danmark reacted immediately to create an innovative artist support scheme baggaardsjazz (backyard) to enable Danish artists to take paid gigs recording performances in their local environement to live stream. Berlin Jazzfest takes place in November putting Nadin and her team in the same situation as many other autumn festivals wondering if they will be able to go ahead.

Recommended for artistic directors, programmers, venues, artists and festival goers.


Register to attend. Limited space available. Please arrive 5 minutes before the start of the session.



Covid-19 statement from Jazz North – May 2020

Jazz North is monitoring the current guidance and ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have paused our programmes, including the Jazz North northern line and Introduces schemes, and are directing our efforts into supporting artists and promoters through this time.

As an Arts Council England Sector Support Organisation, we are constantly talking to our funders in order to work out more ways we can help and support you. We don’t know what will happen next, and when venues will be able to open and play live jazz again, but we are working internally to continue to fulfil our mission to support the jazz sector as much as we can.

One thing we are doing to stay connected is to organise regular coffee mornings for Jazz North artists, northern jazz artists and northern jazz promoters as a chance to share experiences and knowledge during this lockdown. These drop-in sessions cover a broad range of topics and some informal chat, but really, it’s a chance for a virtual get together in this disconnected world. If you wish to join email lucy@jazznorth.org to get the next dates.

Take this time to do what you need to do to look after yourself and your loved ones. We are here if you need us.