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Strategien in times of a virus

We receive numerous enquiries these days, partly from jazz fans who want to support “their” scene in difficult times, partly from musicians who see their income falling away. On this page we have collected some tips and links on the topic of “Corona and jazz”, intended to help us all to get through the next few weeks and to keep jazz alive. We will update them regularly, but hope that the crisis will be over as soon as possible.

Stay healthy!!!

Support of musicians:

Buy their CDs (best, if they offer it, directly from their website)

If you ordered and paid a concert ticket in a club, some venues offer to forward the ticket price to the musicians if you don’t ask for the money back. Some even offer to add their own share per ticket (this probably only works for venues receiving public funding per concert anyhow). Some promise to use the money not paid back for future concerts after the crisis. And there are some who pay the musicians’ fee now, preceding a later concert catch-up.

Canceled shows

Concert promoters are just as affected by the crisis as musicians. In the jazz sector, there are both professional organizers, who have to pay salaries as well as rent for rooms, and jazz clubs organized solely by volunteers. The latter, however, are also part of a more extensive infrastructure, involving their local suppliers of beverages just as much as instrument rental companies or piano tuners. All concert promoters are currently working hard on developing strategies for their specific scenes in order to keep jazz alive after the crisis is over.

Some festivals have been canceled completely, others have already been re-scheduled for a later date.

Some clubs are making sure to fill previous off-dates with some of the acts they had to cancel these days.

Some musicians move to the internet with performances, either “for free” or with an optional PayPal contribution button added. (Let it be added that not all musicians would prefer this detour into the virtual world, unless it can be guaranteed that their music is recorded as well as possible.)

Musicians’ survivals

Many musicians who earn part of their livelihood through lessons stay in contact with their students through Skype, Facetime or other video platforms.

Others use the time of canceled concerts to rehearse, compose, arrange or communicate with colleagues about future projects.

Donating to help musicians

We are receiving a number of enquiries from jazz fans these days who are aware of the fact that many professional musicians can and will suffer from the current crisis, but also from artists who are faced with having to pay their rent despite just having lost a significant part of their income. In the following paragraphs we want to list some of the aid funds we have been made aware of and will add to this list as we learn of more. Our list is limited to aid funds and state measures in the Federal Republic of Germany. For other countries please contact for example the national Music Information Centers or specific public support programs for culture.

The most direct way to donate to musicians of your choice is to donate directly. It helps if they have CDs or other items for sale on their website.

There are musicians, though who might not even have a website, let alone a way of receiving your donations online. For these you might donate to regional or national foundations offering funds for artists in need.

Some countries have established funds for immediate support of financial emergencies of “self-employed micro-entrepreneurs”. In Germany, both the regional Industrie- und Handelskammer and the Künstlersozialkasse (KSK) offer information about such emergency funds.

More links about help funds for the German cultural scene can be found on the German language version of this website (click on the German flag un the bottom of this page).



Calender of jazz events in Darmstadt

Every other month we publish a compilation of upcoming concerts in Darmstadt. Main venues for jazz music in Darmstadt are formost the Centralstation, the cultural center Bessunger Knabenschule, the Jazzclub Darmstadt (Achteckiges Haus) and the cellar underneath the Jazzinstitut.

The “Darmstädter Jazzkalender” can be taken away for free at over 100 distribution points all over the city. The recent issue may also be downloaded as a pdf file here.

Jazz at the institute

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConcerts take place regularly in the acoustically excellent vaulted cellar under the Jazz Institute. On Fridays, well-known and even less well-known musicians perform here. The concert series “JazzTalk” regularly invites, mostly German-speaking artists, to a discussion concert. In addition, the Verein zur Förderung des zeitgenössischen Jazz in Darmstadt e.V. organises its own concerts and the Bessunger Jam Session on the last Friday of each month. Incidentally, the association’s programme was awarded the “APPLAUS – Award for Programme Planning of Independent Venues” prize by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Jazz musicians from the region also use the concert hall for their own events, such as CD releases or presentations of new programmes. In the gallery on the top floor of the Jazz Institute as well as in the staircase and vaulted cellar we present changing exhibitions of jazz related artists and photographers.


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