Jazz On The Sofa is a festival in chamber music in a small town somewhere in the outskirts of the Netherlands. We book artists in solo or duo settings in jazz. We do not book drums and we feature locals (from Zeist, Utrecht, Amersfort, etc) to a big extend. In 2019 four of the six featured acts were local based. Have a look.
This festival is subvention driven. Subvention though never is sustainable and every year it is a struggle and we do not know if it can take place. A huge effort. Of course we do love to hear from you and of course you deserve a spot. But realize: 2020 already fully reserved, plans for 2021 are shaping. Often there are a lot of strings to pull. Literally. There is almost no chance to get booked. We are very sorry. Do not take it personally, it never is.
If we can raise a thought: start a festival yourself or start earn a jazz-club. Musicians should take over the industry. Musicians love music. And they do know how to treat music, artists and public. Show your art, friends, collegues, local network and audience some love. Stand up for the thing you love most. Organize a festival, support your local jazzclub in all kind of ways, advice and take seat in government boards of the industry (funding institutions, author right organizations, city, etc). It is about time.
We are in this together. Loads of succes.
Crew Jazz On The Sofa
PS. Please become member of the BIM (Union For Improvising Muisicians) if you are Dutch based. If not become member of a Union in the country you live in. Time to fight. Get political.Jazz music has it’s roots also there. Your music should be social, mature, relevant and urgent.