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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.

Chair of Jazz From Scotland, Kim Macari and Improvised Music Company’s director Kenneth Killeen both joined the board of Jazz Promotion Network (JPN) in May 2017. JPN’s mission is to advance and support professional development, information exchange and partnership opportunities for the Irish and UK jazz industry, it’s artists and audiences.

Shortly after joining the board, both members saw an opportunity to significantly augment each others influence by combining forces to create a shared presence at jazzahead!

“This project feels like a very tangible and direct way that two national bodies can work together and make an impact, pooling our resources and time to make something bigger than we could achieve separately.” – Kim Macari, Jazz From Scotland

Working together to put Irish and Scottish front and centre for European promoters, the shared stand will increase visibility of the respective jazz ecologies of Ireland and Scotland, their key festivals, organisations and of course, artists, with the aim to generate work abroad for Scottish and Irish jazz and other creative improvisers, and put our organisational representations on a par with colleagues in Europe.

“We want to put Ireland firmly on the map for European promoters, agents and festivals. Consolidating our assets and exports and generating meaningful engagement, both with each other and with the European jazz scene is mutually beneficial. Together with Jazz From Scotland, we have twice the impact and double the opportunity for Irish and Scottish artists working abroad. “ – Kenneth Killeen, IMC

During the event, through respective bursaries awarded to musicians, promoters and organisations, as well the provision of detailed information on artists, organisations and events, both countries aim to make a strong and lasting impact at the 2018 edition of jazzahead!
With thanks to the support of the respective agencies of Creative Scotland, Culture Ireland and The Irish Arts Council.

For ways to be involved, see our Ways to be Seen and Heard at Jazzahead article.

For more information on the work of IMC, visit