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MIJF Congress

Melbourne Recital Centre, Congress

MIJF Congress is a new major national industry summit for jazz and improvised music.

Over two big days during the December festival, MIJF will host a series of talks, masterclasses, workshops, industry roundtables and networking opportunities for artists and industry, providing a platform for the national sector to congregate and navigate the future of Australian jazz.

Your ticket grants you access to all 9 sessions and networking events across the weekend.

In light of the challenges our creative industries have faced over the past 18 months, MIJF is pleased to offer an 80% sector recovery discount for the inaugural MIJF Congress, thanks to the support of our partners. Weekend passes in 2021 are priced at $35 or $30 concession (inclusive of all panels, workshops and masterclasses).

Alternatively, a limited number of $10 single-session tickets can be purchased to selected events throughout the weekend.

You can find more information about the full congress panel here.



4:00 PM – MASTERCLASS (USA): Arranging for Large Ensemble with Christopher Crenshaw (Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra)

This special MIJF Congress masterclass features US trombonist and composer Christopher Crenshaw, providing insights and tools for composing and arranging for large ensembles, ranging from big bands through to symphony orchestras.

Proudly supported by the US Consulate Melbourne



10:00 AM – Accessing International Markets

Leading musicians and industry experts interrogate the pathways available to Australian artists beyond our shores.

11:15 AM – Chart a Course: Navigating the Industry

Join the dots between key music industry bodies to create a current map of the sector. Hear from APRA AMCOS, AIR, PPCA and others on composing, publishing, releasing, streaming and more.

Presented in partnership with APRA AMCOS

12:30 PM – As the Now Plunges into the Past: A salute to the great Allan Browne OAM

Celebrating the influence and legacy of drummer, composer, mentor and Australian jazz legend, Allan Browne.

1:00 PM – Your Brain on Jazz

What actually happens inside your head when you improvise or witness a mind-blowing solo? Experts from the Clinical and Music Neuroscience Lab (University of Melbourne) discuss fascinating research that explores the relationship between our brains, music and improvisation.

Presented in partnership with the Clinical and Music Neuroscience Lab (University of Melbourne)

Limited individual session tickets available – click here.

2:10 PM – Panic at the Distro

From releasing independently on Spotify and Bandcamp all the way through to the major labels, this panel will discuss how best to get your music out there, both digitally and physically. Featuring panellists from Sony Music Australia, Bandcamp, Ditto, Northside Records and ABC Jazz.

3:00 PM – Cocktail Hour

Keep the conversations going over a drink or two…



10:30 AM – In Conversation with Paul Grabowsky AO

MIJF Artist in Residence Paul Grabowsky delves into his distinguished career and shares his thoughts on the future of jazz in Australia. This special ‘In Conversation’ event will be hosted by Grabowsky’s friend and long-time collaborator, Steve Vizard.

Limited individual session tickets available – click here.

12:15 PM – Beyond Words

A series of conversations and short performances by leading musicians, reflective of Melbourne’s diversity. The discussion will focus on the integration of dynamic and culturally informed music practices into a jazz and improvised music context.

Presented in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria

Limited individual session tickets available – click here.

2:00 PM – Perspectives on Jazz Piano

Hear from four masters of jazz piano, Joe Chindamo, Monique DiMattina, Barney McAll and Adam Rudegeair in a lively conversation about their chosen instrument and sources of inspiration throughout their storied careers.

Limited individual session tickets available – click here.

3:00 PM – Cocktail Hour

Keep the conversations going over a drink or two…


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