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Thursday, June 04, 2020

THIS JUST IN: The Wellington Jazz Festival is back!

Photo - Vanessa Rushton

The 2020 Wellington Jazz Festival is proud to announce the creation of four new Aotearoa-New Zealand jazz music commissions to be presented at a re-scheduled Festival, 18 – 22 November.

We know Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on musicians, technicians and many of the Festival’s regular music venues, bars and eateries across the region and country.

In response, the Wellington Jazz Festival has reshaped its planned programme, shifted it to Spring, and is putting its resource and energy into ‘loving local’ - bringing audiences the finest homegrown jazz live in Wellington’s best music spots. 

Made possible by support from Creative New Zealand and Todd Corporation, the Festival will provide a fee of between $10,000 and $12,500 each to four composers to create a new piece of jazz music that will premiere at the Wellington Jazz Festival in November.

The Wellington Jazz Festival supports and celebrates the sounds of Aotearoa, and at least one commission will be awarded to a Māori composer.

Submissions for composers are open now and close Friday 3 July. The Festival will open its programme for local gigs shortly and the full programme is due to be launched in September 2020.

Find out more and apply at

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