MIJF Congress

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

Spanning the final weekend of the 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 11 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.

Tickets for Full MIJF Congress



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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Saturday 23 October

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

Limited individual session tickets available – click here.

Beyond the Jazz Club

Artistic Directors and leading programmers from Wellington Jazz Festival, Darwin Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre and more discuss the appeal of jazz artists beyond the jazz club and how best to pitch for opportunities at major venues and international arts & music festivals.

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…


Sunday 24 October

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

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.

“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 four masters of jazz piano (Joe Chindamo, Andrea Keller, Barney McAll, Mike Nock) in a lively conversation about their chosen instrument and sources of inspiration throughout their storied careers.

Limited individual session tickets available – click here.

WORKSHOP: Self-Management for the Independent Artist

Veteran artist manager Cath Haridy delivers a crash course on making self-management work for you.

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.

MIJF Congress Performances (ticketed separately)

Paul Grabowsky & Ngaiire

MIJF Artist in Residence, Paul Grabowsky, is joined by vocal sensation, Ngaiire, in a new collaboration between two truly unique artists.

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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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