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 hosted 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.

Recordings of these talks and panels are now available to view online. Click the links below to find out more and watch each panel.

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MIJF Congress Panels

Perspectives on Jazz Piano

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

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Beyond Words

In this panel some of Australia’s most exciting artists examine the historical and cultural influences that have shaped modern jazz, blues, Latin jazz, desert blues and more.

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In Conversation with Paul Grabowsky AO

Multi-award-winning composer, pianist and MIJF Artist in Residence Paul Grabowsky AO shares his thoughts on jazz, and his extensive career in the music industry. This conversation is hosted by his friend and long-time collaborator, Steve Vizard.

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Panic at the Distro

This panel asks record labels, distributors, managers and media the big questions; what is the best way to release music? Singles or albums? Digital or vinyl? How do I promote my music? Do I need a label? Do I need a publicist?

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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.

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A salute to the great Allan Browne OAM

In this special panel conversation, hear from Allan’s collaborators, friends and family on his musical life and incredible contribution to the sector, reminding us how we can all learn something from his legacy.

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Chart a Course: Navigating the Industry

This highly informative panel presents a map of the music industry, navigating income streams and essential tools for artists building sustainable careers.

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Accessing International Markets

Australia is the 6th largest music market in the world with incredible local talent, but how do we ensure audiences abroad hear our music? This panel investigates what opportunities Australian artists can explore in other territories, including touring, promotion, publishing and marketing.

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MASTERCLASS: Arranging for Large Ensembles with Christopher Crenshaw

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.

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