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Jazzahead takes place 11–3 April, 2024

The Jazzahead, held annually in Bremen, Germany, is regarded as the most important international gathering and public festival for professionals in the jazz field. The upcoming Jazzahead will take place from April 11th to April 13th.




Finnish Jazz Legend Prizes awarded to Sakari Kukko and Raoul Björkenheim

Sakari Kukko and Raoul Björkenheim have been chosen as the new Finnish Jazz Legends. This award has been given to distinguished, long-standing musicians since 2001. From 2001 to 2014, the awards were presented by the Finnish Big Band Association, the Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive, and the Imatra Big Band Festival. Since 2017, the awards have been granted by Music Archive Finland.


Finnish Jazz Federation’s Yrjö Award to saxophonist Linda Fredriksson – The new Taimi Award aimed at young musicians to pianist and wind instrumentalist Joonatan Henriksson

The most prestigious recognitions in the Finnish jazz scene were awarded at the Tampere Jazz Happening on Friday, November 3rd. The Yrjö Award from the Finnish Jazz Federation was presented to saxophonist Linda Fredriksson, while the new Taimi Award for young musicians was given to pianist and wind instrumentalist Joonatan Henriksson. Concert organiser Marita Nyrhinen received the “Shadow Yrjö” recognition for her contributions to jazz culture, presented by Yle Jazz Radio.


Apply to Jazz Federation Tours and Jazz-Espa

In the autumn season 2024, Finnish Jazz Federation produces three tours as inhouse productions, on September 16–24, October 7–15 and November 4–12 and supports the production costs of two externally produced co-operative tours. We are also calling for artists to perform at the Jazz-Espa concert series in Helsinki in July–August 2024. The application opens at 10 am on October 16 and closes at 4 pm on November 6, 2023.


Finnish live music industry released their climate roadmap

The Finnish music stakeholders have developed and released a joint climate roadmap for the live music industry. At the same time, the first study on the climate impact of live music in Finland was published. Climate change requires society’s ability and readiness to change practices, and the live music industry aims to lead the way towards carbon neutrality by 2035.