Jazz from Scotland and Music from Ireland Combine Forces for joint Jazzahead! presence 2018


Jazzahead! is one of the most important international professional markets for jazz and improvised music and will take place in Bremen, Germany from 18-22nd April 2018.

Jazz from Scotland, with support from Creative Scotland, will collaborate with Improvised Music Company and create a joint ‘Jazz From Scotland and Ireland’ stand at this important trade event in April.Read more

NEWS: Be Seen and Heard at Jazzahead! 2018 with Jazz from Scotland & Ireland


Jazzahead! is an annual trade show held each April in Bremen, Germany. It is one of the largest international gatherings for the jazz sector and features 4 exhibiting days, an education symposium and a number of showcases.

Some facts and figures: 2017 was the 12th Jazzahead! and the numbers have grown significantly from 2016; 1, 356 exhibiting companies & organisations, 3,169 professional delegates. The showcase performances are open to the public and in total, 17,600 people attend throughout the weekend.

As part of Jazz from Scotland’s commitment to supporting the jazz sector both at home and abroad, we are pleased to announce that this year we can offer musicians two ways to be part of the event –

  • Jazzahead! Bursaries (four bursaries available for musicians to attend the event)
  • Digital Showcase including audio and video playlists

Bursaries: The four artists selected will join us for a full day of the conference and use the stand as a base. A briefing session will take place before the event to ensure all artists are able to make the most of the experience with advice on how to approach delegates, tips and tricks, logistical information etc.


  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over and have been working professionally for a minimum of 3 years
  • Applicants must have been resident in Scotland for a minimum 2 years at time of application
  • Applicants must have a project, which is ‘gig-ready’ – this means having an EPK, recorded music and/or video footage as well as press quotes if possible.
  • All artists must be available for a briefing session before the event at Scottish Music Centre, Glasgow
  • Must be available between 18th – 22nd April 2018 and have a valid passport.

The selected artists will receive a delegate pass for the event and up to £150 toward travel and accommodation costs. (To be reimbursed after the event.) The artists will attend one full day of the event in pairs.

To apply: Use our submission form to add video, audio & bio. Then email team@jazzfromscotland.com with the following information –

  • What you hope to get from a visit to Jazzahead (max 250 words)
  • At least three organisations or individuals you intend to meet with at the event

The deadline for applications is 5pm on March 2nd 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by March 7th 2018.

Digital Showcase:

Artists and ensembles are invited to upload a track/video to be included as part of our digital showcase of Scottish and Irish jazz. The playlist will be shared throughout Jazzahead and made available to download by festival directors and broadcasters.

To add your track, video, bio and photograph via our submission form – https://www.jazzfromscotland.com/artists/submissions/

JOB POST: Jazz From Scotland Administrator

We’re looking for an administrator to join the Jazz From Scotland team as we expand and deliver a record number of projects in 2018.

The full job post is below and the deadline for applications is 6pm on Monday 29th January 2018. Applicants will be notified shortly after and a shortlist will be invited to attend an interview in early February.

CV’s and cover letters should be sent to admin@jazzfromscotland.com and if you have any questions, just drop us a line on the same email address. Please use ADMINISTRATOR JOB APPLICATION as the subject line in your email.

Location: Work from home with occasional meetings in Edinburgh or Glasgow
Hours: 12 hours per week (1.5 days) – some flexibility required
Contract Type: Freelance
Length of contract: 3 month trial period with a view to extend to 12 month total
Salary: £15 per hour

Jazz From Scotland is an organisation dedicated to supporting the vibrant jazz scene in Scotland through CPD and education programmes, international showcasing, advocacy and resource-sharing. We are looking for an administrator to join our team. Our ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. They will be able to work to deadlines, work without supervision and will be adaptable to respond to changing organisational priorities.

Duties will include –

-Arrange board meetings by scheduling appropriate times and locations
-Manage correspondence by answering emails and contacting appropriate board members when necessary
-Manage invoicing and communicate with treasurer regarding payments
-Look after website and social media profiles – post regular content and liaise with web developer regarding any technical issues
-Produce monthly newsletter
-Keep track of project evaluation and reporting by project leaders and board members
-Attend meetings and events when requested
-Assist board members and project leaders in organising and running events

Essential Skills –

-Communication skills, written and verbal
-Time management
-Record keeping and task management
-Proficiency with Microsoft Office programmes (or equivalent) and Google Drive.
-Ability to work unsupervised
-Experience managing social media profiles and website content
-A desire to work in the arts and support jazz scene in Scotland
-Trustworthy and able to work with confidential information
-Able to maintain a positive and welcoming image by acting as first line of contact for the organisation.

Preferred Skills –

-Prior administrative experience
-Copy writing/ creating content
-Knowledge of Scottish jazz scene
-Experience in working in the arts and/or arts-funded projects and organisations