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World Jazz Conference, SENA Performers International Jazz Laureate Festival and Amersfoort Jazz festival postponed 

Lectori Salutem,
Dear professionals, musicians and friends of JazzNL,

We are very sorry to inform you that due to the global Coronavirus crisis JazzNL sees itself obliged to postpone the World Jazz Conference and the SENA Performers International Jazz Laureate Festival, which were planned to take place from May 15 – 17 during the Amersfoort Jazz festival 2020. We were expecting musicians and professionals from more than 25 countries around the world and at this point we find it irresponsible to continue the event at the set dates in May.

 Together with the Amersfoort Jazz team we are in close contact with the municipality of Amersfoort to see if we can find an alternative weekend later this year. However, the municipality has to deal with an overload of requests from numerous other event organizers and cannot give any confirmation about the possibility of postponement just yet. If we get a new date, we propose to copy the World Jazz Conference program schedule and the program of the Laureate Festival as originally planned from Friday till Sunday to the new dates, i.e. transfer the original timeframe to the new weekend. This would mean, all concert slots, conference meetings, dinners and other scheduled events will be held in the same timeframe as they have been originally fixed. 

 We are very sorry for all efforts and costs which have already been made by any of you to attend our events. We honestly think no one could have foreseen such a major global crisis on such a short timeframe and we think it is in the interest of everyone to make this decision now. Protecting each other, securing our health and safety on a global level is now our utmost priority.

 The team of JazzNL and Amersfoort Jazz will work through and is here to answer any questions and be of help in case of need. We hope that the impact of the virus on the world will be less by the time summer starts and that we can have the World Jazz Conference and the SENA Performers International Jazz Laureate Festival take place at a later stage this year, to celebrate, more than ever, unity and cultural exchange.

In the meantime, we wish everyone good health. 

Warm greetings, 

The JazzNL / Amersfoort Jazz team

JazzNL is a widely supported Dutch foundation which creates and produces a wide array of activities for Dutch jazz, world and improvised music. The foundation has a strong focus on talent development and internationalization and aims to bring together buyers and sellers of talent by various means. 

One of the biggest events for JazzNL is the network meeting event World Jazz Conference during the annual festival Amersfoort Jazz in The Netherlands, combined with the Sena Performers International Jazz Laureate Festival

JazzNL is organizing jazz exchange programs through Jazz Expeditions and furthermore actively participates in various international jazz and world music festivals and get-togethers, to strengthen the international network of forward thinking industry professionals.

The team of JazzNL looks back at a successful 2019 edition of the World Jazz Conference and Sena Performers International Jazz Laureate Festival. Join us for the 2020 edition, which will take place from 15th - 17th of May, during the World Jazz festival in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.