MIJF Congress

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

Over two big days in our 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 nine 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.



MIJF Congress Presents

MIJF Congress also features a series of curated performances, profiling the breadth and talent of Australian jazz musicians, and connecting local artists with national and international presenters.

Tickets for MIJF Congress performances sold separately.

MIJF Congress Performances

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MIJF Congress Program

Accessing International Markets

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

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.

Interviewed by Steve Vizard

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, The Australian Music Centre and others on composing, publishing, releasing, streaming and more.

Presented in partnership with APRA AMCOS

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 Universal Australia, Bandcamp, Ditto and Northside Records.

Cocktail Hour

Keep the conversations going over a drink or two…



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 to symphony orchestras.

Proudly supported by the US Consulate Melbourne

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

“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.

Perspectives on Jazz Piano

Hear from masters of jazz piano including Joe Chindamo, Andrea Keller, Barney McAll in a lively conversation about their chosen instrument and sources of inspiration throughout their storied careers.

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)

MIJF Congress Performances (ticketed separately)

Paul Grabowsky & Emma Donovan: The Old Rugged Cross

This special collaboration brings together two powerful forces in Australian music – pianist, composer and MIJF Artist in Residence Paul Grabowsky AO, and acclaimed soul vocalist Emma Donovan, exploring another side of Donovan’s early influences: the gospel and hymn tunes she grew up with in communities


Each member of emerging jazz supergroup Aura has their own star on the rise.

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Amos Roach

Award-winning musician, dancer, director and proud Djab Wurrung/Gunditjmara and Ngarrindjeri man Amos Roach premieres his new commission as part of MIJF and the Australian Art Orchestra’s (AAO) inaugural First Nations artist residency program.

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30/70 + Tamil Rogeon’s ‘Son of Nyx’

A huge double bill showcasing the Melbourne jazz sound.

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“This ensemble has the beautiful cohesion that is possible only when a band has been deep in the laboratory for many years. STOCK exemplify “science in the shed, poetry on the bandstand” – Barney McAll

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