Jazz Migration, created in 2002, was devised by AFIJMA and then taken on by AJC in order to respond to the issue of the emergence and dissemination of young jazz musicians. Jazz Migration is today the only project for french emerging creative jazz musicians, that is offering the opportunity for them to build their careers, develop their skills and get their music out into the world.
Jazz Migration strives to promote and develop the careers of young musicians from the French jazz scene, based on the determination and a common desire to our festivals, venues and partners to offer a genuine opportunity to the wealth of talent living in our land.
Indeed, there are very few programmers who dare to venture into discovering really innovative new artists, so as to make the public aware of them. This is why numerous musicians, in spite of the musicality of their work, remain little known nationally and are often limited in their dissemination. In response to this observation, the AJC members decided to develop an innovative ambitious programme to create a place for innovation and youthful creativity: Jazz Migration.
58 bands selected, 207 musicians supported, over 80 concerts organised… AJC network, with more than 60 possible music venues, thus offer the bands selected each year broader opportunities for meeting audiences and professionals in the show sector, in clubs as well as at festivals, both in France and abroad.
Jazz Migration is supported by Ministère de la Culture, SACEM, CNV, ADAMI, SPEDIDAM, FCM.
Media partners : France Musique & Jazz News.
How AJC operates :
The members of the AJC network – the organisation formerly known as AFIJMA – have a shared objective to offer jazz programming in the context of innovative, community-led cultural projects, bringing both their support and their expertise in developing audiences. AJC runs initiatives in urban and rural neighbourhoods, encourages the development of new repertoire, and curates residencies. The main thread running through all of this work is that it underpins and sustains creativity among the younger generation.
For more than 20 years, AJC has been committed to ensuring that artists have performance opportunities, and that new talent can emerge. It has been responsible for the creation of international projects and exchanges. It has built an evidence base to demonstrate the effectiveness of its operating methods. Via the Jazz Migration scheme, by inviting foreign professionals to attend events, and through bi-national projects (French Nordic Jazz Transit, Jazzshuttle, etc.) AJC has made an active contribution to raising the profile and visibility of French artists in France and more widely across Europe, and has also helped to build recognition for European jazz with new audiences.
In these difficult times, AJC ensures that it maintains strong, active and productive relationships with the French State, with local authorities, social enterprises and European institutions in order to act as a safeguard for artistic forms which are by their nature fragile, and also defends the common interests of all those who keep them alive.