The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is an annual, world-class jazz festival first held in 1998. The Festival takes place in concert halls, arts venues, jazz clubs and throughout the streets of Melbourne as the city comes alive with the spirit of jazz.
Each festival program aims to appeal to young and old, to enthusiasts and the uninitiated, to encourage as many people as possible to experience the very personal impact that jazz can have on its listener.
The Festival’s vision is to be one of the leading centres of jazz presentation in the world by providing a platform for performance, collaboration, education and engagement. Its diverse programming includes modern masters of jazz, late night art parties, free events, Australian/international collaborations and pathways for emerging artists.
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is run by a dedicated Board and Management team who are passionate about making Melbourne a world-class destination for jazz.
Board of Directors
Colin Golvan SC
Programming Coordinator & Producer - Jazz Out West
Marketing and Development Manager
GNY Accountants: Gil Yahalom and Yu Xue
Starling Communications: Ben Starick & Fiona MacLeod
Design & Website
Leon Kempler OAM, Sue Bailey, Andrew Hagger, Vladimir Shchelkunov, Robert Finikiotis, Paul Grabowsky AO, Fotis Kapetopoulos, Goh Ching Lee, Hitomi Toku, Atsuko Yasuda, Live Performance Australia, Stage & Screen Travel, Dean Hampel, Berry Liberman, all the Festival Partners, Volunteers, Artists and, of course, our audiences for their continued support.
Our thanks to our volunteer photographers who capture the essence of the festival so beautifully: Suraj Jayawickrama, Kevin Peterson, Michael Findlay, Victor Alan, Anna Madden, Chris Herft, Jessica Guirand, Ree Maloney, Mark Richardson, Ash Gowan, Lisa Beaumont, Stuart Buchanan and Laki Sideris.