World Jazz Conference

The World Jazz Conference takes place parallelly to the annual festival Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz. The conference is organized by the Dutch foundation JazzNL, aiming to host an international network of World Jazz festival directors and curators, contributing to the international development of the next generation. Foundation JazzNL has set-up the World Jazz Conference to share ideas and develop tools on a people to people basis. Interaction and mobility of international laureates is facilitated. Furthermore, the World Jazz Conference strives for sustainable exchange of expertise between festival organizers. Thus, the Amersfoort Jazz festival is an epicenter of interaction between World Jazz artists and festivals, and often called "A Musician's Paradise".

As a result of the World Jazz Conference 2016, foundation JazzNL started, together with Amersfoort Jazz and Sena Performers a festival for young international improvising laureates. The laureates festival gives these young artists the opportunity to present their talent during full-length concerts, not only to a broad audience, but also to the attending international festival organizers. The laureates festival is ment as a tool for young musicians to accelerate their international career; as a platform for music competitions to showcase their talent and for festivals to gain name in the scene; as a shop-window for festivals and venues to discover new talent in an international networking environment; as a voyage of discovery for the Dutch audience  interested in "the jazz of tomorrow".



The World Jazz Conference 2019 at De Observant, Amersfoort, The Netherlands  |  photo by Olga Sleutel